How to Fix Slipping Shoulder Straps?
I would like a bit of advice on my coin bra. The bra fits great, but the straps are the traditional bra straps over the shoulders. When I do certain arm movements the straps have a tendency to fall. I have thought about sewing some type of coin necklace to the back to help hold them up. It is very distracting, not to mention it really takes away from the dance. Please help. Thank you very much.~ Lynne
I like the wide-set style of shoulder straps, because it's easy to attach sleeves to them. But there is the annoying problem of the straps slipping down, especially if you have small or sloping shoulders.
I always use a secondary strap, sewn to the primary strap, that prevents the shoulder strap from slipping. The strap can be a halter style that runs from the front of shoulder to behind the neck, as illustrated.
Or it can be a "connector strap" that is located between the shoulder straps at the back: no more problems with slipping straps!
If you are making a costume bra from scratch, the second strap can be covered with matching fabric or trim, so it blends in with the design. It can be the same size as the primary strap, or narrower.
I've also seen bras with the narrow connector strap of a flesh-toned fabric, so it was nearly invisible from a distance, or under long hair.
A necklace or other jewelry chain with a sturdy clasp can be used as the second strap. Just be sure it's comfortable and securely sewn to the primary strap with heavy thread, and all the links are tight. If the chain irritates your skin, sew it first to a narrow strip of velvet or flesh-toned lining fabric, whatever blends in best.
Another advantage: If long hair doesn't cover it, a tassel can be attached to the center back of the secondary strap, adding interest to the back of the costume. This wiggles nicely when you do even small shoulder shimmies.