Summertime is known for being easygoing, breezy and lighthearted, including its fashion. One of this summer’s hottest trends are backless dresses and tops, which we personally can’t get enough of. However, when it comes to dressing for a backless dress or top, it can get a little more than complicated. While it’s perfectly acceptable to go bra-less, many of us are uncomfortable with the thought of letting everything hang out. What are we supposed to do when we want to wear these outfits? The answer to all of your backless dress and top problems comes in the form of the trendy and eclectic 3-strap bra. Today, we have come up with a simple yet stylish D.I.Y. solution for you to rock a backless dress or top for the rest of these hot summer days. It’s classy, edgy and even a little flirtatious. The best part is you may already have these items already lying around your house! Read on to find out how to make these type of bras for backless dresses:
What you will need:
- A strapless/convertible bra in your size
- 3 elastic bra straps or 1/2-inch wide elastic (whichever you have)
- Needle and thread
- Fabric scissors
1. Use your bra to measure the length of elastic that you will need. This will vary depending on the band size of your bra. Measure from the inside of the boning at about 1.5 inches where you will be sewing the elastic to the bra. Once you have measured your elastics, cut them according to size.
2. Cut the fabric of the bra about 1.5 inches from the boning. There should be enough space outside the bra’s cups/under wire for you to sew the elastic on to.
3. You should have 3 pieces of elastic, each of them in descending order. The shortest strap will go on the top and the longest one will go on the bottom. The middle piece should measure in between both.
4. Stitch the first strap to the top of the bra from the inside about 1.5 inches from the boning. If you use a black bra with black bra straps/elastic, then the stitching doesn’t have to be too neat, as long as it’s secure. When you are finished, stitch the other side using the same steps. Repeat as necessary until you have finished stitching your bra straps/elastics.
5. After you have finished, you may want to safety pin the straps for more security before trying your new bra on. You do not want to risk have a wardrobe malfunction! Your bra should fit snugly but not too tight, as you will be slipping this on and off.
Well, there you have it! What do you think? Simple, yes? Wearing this 3-strap bra looks a lot more chic in a backless dress or top and the best part is that it’s incredibly easy to make. If you ever find yourself in a bind because you don’t have a proper bra to wear with your new backless outfit, this will only take you about twenty minutes at most. Or if you’re more gifted than we are at sewing, then perhaps an even shorter amount of time. So go ahead and try this DIY solution and let us know how you like it. We hope you found this DIY tutorial helpful. Stay tuned for more upcoming DIY tutorials and posts!