Well, it's Friday. That means you have a fantastic frock to sport this warm summer weekend. I included a couple tips below to help you feel more comfortable. I found that the only problem with this dress for me was not the straps but the dip in the front. I cut up an old bra so that you couldn't see it and I didn't have to change the look of the neckline but I must admit that it is too low for my taste. I'll have to only wear it when I'm without my kids unless I have a v-neck cami underneath but I really don't like doing that.
The one thing I would change is the back. It's okay, don't get me wrong, I like how it covers my bra hooks but if I were designing it I would have probably lowered it by about 3 inches and lengthened the straps instead. I like a little bit of my back showing in a dress. Then again, maybe it compensates for the low, low front.
I hope you liked this frock. I definitely did. AND I loved using the knit. It's so comfortable. I need to find more uses for it. I had so many compliments on the pattern, I'll let you in on a little secret, I bought it at JoAnn's in the discount section so if you liked it, you still might be able to find some there.
Remember to post your finished frock on Grosgrain Flickr so I can show them off to everyone else:)
Okay, let's get sewing....
Step 1: Overlap the two breast pieces by about 3/8" (or 1/4" if you can sew in a straight line). Pin. Sew up from the bottom by about two inches or as high as you need coverage for.
When you sew, try to use a thread that will disappear into your old stitches. Try to stitch overtop the stitches you made to hem the raw edge so everything blends well.
2. Another thing you can do is shorten the shoulder straps. There are a couple ways you can do this. If you're only going to shorten them by an inch or so, then just pinch the place where you originally sewed them to the breast piece and make another stitch parallel to the first and about 3/4" away from the first. Do this on the back of the strap as well.
If you need to shorten it more than that I recommend ripping out the stitches and cutting the sleeve by about 2 or more inches then reattaching it the same way you did on Thursday.
3. Another neat trick is to make a row of chain stitches and sew them to the middle of the shoulder strap at the top of your shoulder.
Use embroidery thread or any thin string and make a row of chain stitches. First make a slip knot, here's a quick video.
Then make the chain stiches, here's a video on how to make chain stitches.
4. Attach snaps to either end. Some like these. I didn't have any to show you but just hand sew them onto the chain stitch at either end and sew one of the snaps to the inside of the sleeve at the top of the shoulder.
AND ONE IMPORTANT THING. Keep your chain as small as you can because the longer it is, the more chance your bra strap will get away from your sleeve.
Even better, if you have a serger just make a small row of stitches and use that instead. The thread is finer.
Well, that's it, hope you found your way to the end without pulling out too much hair!
But I think it's all worth it, the end is my favorite part...by far.