Sewing Trick: Bra Strap Concealer

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I found this dress, on a mannequin in Biccies Op Shop in Brighton, during my op shop tour on 10th March, as seen here. It cost me $4. Its Japanese floral print is pretty and summery, but it has an asymmetrical shape, the right shoulder (on the left in this photograph) is intentionally indented, which  reveals a bra strap, the left side does not.









A few weeks ago, a clever little trick appeared on a few Facebook page feeds, a bra strap concealer..


So I gave it a go by adding bra strap concealers to this thrifted dress, and it worked a treat.

Materials used:


Sew on press studs
 Small strips of fabric

I used a pack of press studs I found in a haberdashery shop for 55c, and a strip of fabric that used to be a thin waist tie on a shirt I no longer have, cut into four strips (three shown in photograph, but four used) of approximately 5-6cm in length.

I've hand stitched half press a stud onto each end of a strip, and then using invisible thread, hand stitched half of the strip onto the inside of my dress like so..

Open


Closed..


Here's how it works..



Its a simple addition, but makes a world of difference.  I'm more confident wearing this thrifted dress without worrying about a bra strap showing all the time.


If anyone else gives this little sewing trick a go, let me know, I'd love to know how it worked out for you?

Shared with Ta-dah Tuesday and DIY Friday

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19 comments:

Linda said...

Love the dress and what a great tip!

Ina said...

E' un'idea geniale!!!!
Abbracci, Ina
http://lodicodopo.blogspot.it/

thorne garnet said...

that trick works on off the shoulder dresses, too. You can wear a regular bra and not have to buy a strapless one.

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

Great Idea! thanks for sharing. And, wow, pretty dress :)

elseseven said...

Gorgeous dress...and a great idea too.

Adin B said...

I have thrifted a yellow dress that has this on the strap as a bra strap clipper. I am with you it sure is very helpful and nothing to worry about bra strap popping out anytime soon. :) It's clever!

Stacey said...

This is a brilliant idea!

Dorcas said...

Wow! Thats such a cool idea!!

menopauselsupermodel said...

Gorgeous dress and I am so stealing that tip for several blouses I have!!

Carolyn said...

Your dress is lovely. What a terrific find! :)
I used bra strap concealers most recently on my orange Vogue 1247 blouse which has a very wide neckline, but I've used them on and off for years. My mother taught me this tip when I was a teenager, when if one's lingerie showed it was a lot less acceptable than it is now!

Pixie said...

clever!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I remember this from your FB page and it's such a good idea, and this is about my level of sewing so I may even try it! Thanks for linking it up xx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Ps. Please could you add a link back to TT?

TerryT said...

I used shoestrings for the strip of fabric. They come in lots of colors and they are inexpensive.

Barbara Cohen said...

Definitely on my to do list!! Thanks

Patricia Scott said...

I have to get cracking & do this to a lot of my clothes! Thanks! That dress is lovely and so is the price. I consider thrift finds a sport. Helps to change up my look without spending a lot.

ROSIE BABY. said...

Me too I laughed when I saw it as I hadn't seen it in years. Great idea and like you said any sight of Lingere years ago made you a bad girl. .Ha ha

ROSIE BABY. said...

Me too I laughed when I saw it as I hadn't seen it in years. Great idea and like you said any sight of Lingere years ago made you a bad girl. .Ha ha

Mztussie ♡ said...

Going to give the a whirl right after i found a haberdashery with invisible thread, may be hard to doing because, yes it's invisible. The idea is awesome and will help in various ways.

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