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Your bra straps show, out from under your narrow dress/top straps.
Fix: Hand sew a ribbon or twill tape to the underside of the dress/top strap and hand sew a
a snap to the other side, securing the ribbon/tape to the other side of the strap. You then
can thread through your bra straps, and they stay under the dress/top straps.
Fix: Buy new, narrow bra straps and replace them on your bra. You can buy replacement
straps in the notions department of a sewing supply store or you can scavenge thrift stores
for bras or slips, that you can then cut off their straps and re-use.
The back strap of your bra sneaks up above the back neckline of your halter dress/top (on a tight garment.
either side of the center back zipper. Make the tabs wide enough to be able to slip your bra
strap through these loops. This does NOT work on a loose garment, as it will drag the
garment up the back, not anchor the bra down.
Your bra shows out the top of your dress/top.
Fix: Cut off the top of your bra or fold it under and hand stitch it in place.
Your open neckline slips off your shoulders or so that your bra strap shows
Fix: Sew Velcro or snaps to hold the garment to your bra strap, or if you have a jacket-type over-garment, you can sew the Velcro or snaps to the garment that it is worn over.
Your undergarment (either your bra or all-in-one or shaper) gaps or ripples or is somehow too big in one area, even though it fitseverywhere else.
Fix: You CAN alter your undergarments by taking a tuck or making a dart, or sewing a fold, either by hand or by machine, to ‘rein in’ the garment and eliminate the gapping or excess fabric. If lace is the problem, or is bumpy or lumpy – cut it off.
Your bra doesn’t quite fit under your mostly open-backed dress/top.
Fix: Cut off the area that shows out, and replace it a custom-made elastic section that fits.
You have sloping shoulders or one shoulder is more sloped than the other.
Fix: Try some various sizes of shoulder pads to see what looks the best. You CAN only use one
shoulder pad, and you can cut off or remove part of a shoulder pad to make it fit better
into your garment.
Your panty elastic binds and shows as a ‘panty line’.
Fix: Cut off the elastic and just serge it, or add looser elastic, that lays flat.
Camel toe on shorts or pants.
Fix: Gusset a piece of fabric in the crotch after you cut away the curved part of the
garment OR simply wear a REAL panty with a real crotch. If your panty doesn’t go up your
butt or up ‘the other area’, then neither will your costume!