How to Sew a Dress Strap

Wide or narrow, we love the straps of our dress to match the overall look.

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A-line, tulip skirt, or mini, dresses reign over spring and summer wear creating a feminine look perfect for all body types. Convert your favorite strapless dress into a support-boasting masterpiece with the addition of halter, spaghetti, or simply narrow straps. With a little bit of know-how and a few supplies, this tweaked look will be turning heads in no time.


Select a stand-out fabric or wide ribbon for the strap material. Measure the length of the desired straps, using the current placement of the dress as a guide. Halter or crisscrossed straps require longer length than over-the-shoulder straps. Cut the fabric into strap-like pieces. Lay piping cord on the cut-fabric straps.


Fold the fabric in half around the piping cord, lining up the outer edges of the strap. Sew along the edge and one end of the strap with the piping on the inside. Do not catch any of the piping within the newly sewn seam, other than on the one sewn end.


Pull the piping cord with one hand and the strap with the other. Allow the strap to gather along the piping cord, creating a flawless way to turn the strap inside out. Snip the remaining piping cord and iron the strap flat.


Pin the places within the dress that the desired straps will be sewn. Sew the straps in place with either a sewing machine or needle and thread. Ensure that approximately 1 inch of strap fabric hangs longer than the sewn stitches, allowing leeway for any additional alterations that may need to be made. Rock this newly styled dress and flaunt the simple creation of your added straps!

Things You'll Need


1.Fabric or ribbon

3.Piping cord

5.Sewing machine or needle/thread

2.Measuring tape



Tips & Tricks


Measure the dress while on prior to stitching the sewn straps in place.


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