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Monday, February 27, 2006

Sew Lingerie Clasps Or Strap Holders To Keep Undergarment Under Garments

Hi Sewing Friends:

I just returned from Parent's Weekend at my granddaughter's college. It was great to have a family get together.

We had a wonderful time enjoying all of the activities and events. We attended church services at the college chapel.

Since I had difficulty hearing what was being said, my eyes tended to wander about checking out the fashions. Folks were there from all over the world. Everyone dressed very casual. That seems to be the norm these days. It's casual to the point of looking like they just rolled out of bed and came in what they slept in. I know it's a different generation, but really!

I can't believe how visible undergarments are. It really isn't very attractive. The thongs and boxer shorts show above the low cut jeans. Bras show everywhere and don't leave much to the imagination.

That inspired me to write the following article. Hope you can use it!

To Your Sewing Success,



Sew Lingerie Clasps Or Strap Holders To Keep Undergarments Under Garments

- by Marian Lewis

©2006 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved

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For those of you who prefer to keep your "undergarments" under your garments, here is a little tip on how to make "lingerie clasps" or "strap holders" to keep your straps in the proper place.

Make these discreet clasps from lining fabric or even rayon hem tape or ribbon.

They really help keep lingerie straps from showing and also act as an anchor to keep the neckline from falling away from the body and exposing everything from neck to waist every time you lean over.

These clasps can be attached to the inside at the shoulders and at the widest point of some necklines to control the dress and straps.

Here is how to make lingerie clasps.

From lining fabric:

1. For each clasp, cut a straight strip of fabric 1-3/4" long and 3/4" wide.
2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, right sides together.
3. Stitch 1/4" from the fold.
4. Turn strip right side out and press with seam along one edge.
5. Turn in raw edges at the ends and slip stitch.

You can also use 1/2" wide ribbon or seam tape to make the clasps.
Just cut 1-3/4" long; fold the width in half to 1/4" and top stitch.

Put on the dress or top over the lingerie you intend to wear with it and mark with pins where you want the clasps to be attached.

Clasps always open toward the neck.

Sew the end of the clasp farthest from the neck to the shoulder seam.
Sew half of a small snap to the free end.

Sew the other half of the snap to the shoulder seam beneath the end of the clasp to line up with the snap already on the clasp.

For a wide neck, sew an additional set of clasps inside the neck in the same way. Attach the clasps to the facing or lining of the garment.

Now you have total control of those wandering straps and fall away wide necklines.

It just makes sense!


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