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ubersiren's avatar

How can I shorten the straps on a dress with some sort of fastener or minimal sewing?

Asked by ubersiren (15180points) April 28th, 2009

My crummy solution: The straps are wide, maybe 2” and I thought maybe I could cut them and then hand sew them back together at the right length and cover the seem with a funky button. The dress is a funky print and I think that could work, but if I screw up then I’ve ruined the dress.

Are there any little gadgets out there that can gather the fabric and hold it in place in a somewhat fashionable manner?

My sewing machine is broken.

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FGS's avatar

Try sewing a button and button hole, you can always go back later and change it if you don’t like the fit.

gailcalled's avatar

How about using junk shop clip-on earrings to shorten them temporarily.

ubersiren's avatar

@FGS: That’s a good idea, but I have little faith in my abilities. I could give it a try…

@gailcalled: me likey… go idea.

gailcalled's avatar

Preferably rhinestone buttons-types. Making a button hole by hand is tricky and does leave a permanent hole in the fabric.

FGS's avatar

@ubersiren It’s really not as tough as you think, just give it a shot.

YARNLADY's avatar

Beaded safety pins

FGS's avatar

@all Come on now…I’m a guy with nothing more than an ass load of “Home Ec” experience behind me…long story..had to do with the girl to guy ratio in the beginning… but I digress..dig deep, there should be a solution out there somewhere…

ubersiren's avatar

“good” idea, not “go” idea…

gailcalled's avatar

Glitzy hair pins.

Darwin's avatar

Check out the junk jewelry in second hand shops to find matching gaudy broaches or pins and use those to gather up and shorten the straps.

Back in the forties and fifties ladies sometimes had matching rhinestone clips that they used to keep their artfully draped sweater from sliding off their shoulders. Those could work, too.

And there is always hot glue, the theater costumer’s friend.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I have a dress like that, that I just doubled over about an inch of the straps (on the inside of the dress, in the back) and then safety pinned it that way. Yeah, there’s a little tiny silver line on each side, but it’s the back of the dress, and really unnoticeable anyway. It took like five minutes, and I can take it out anytime.

augustlan's avatar

My answer is the same as La chica’s. I’ve done this several times on my kid’s dresses/camisoles. If you’re lucky, the dress may even have a double layer (either a lining, or just at a seam) and you can just pin through the inner one… then you can’t see the pins at all.

ubersiren's avatar

@La_chica_gomela + @augustlan = my new dress solution.

Thanks everyone!

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