This is one of those dual purpose blog posts. I needed to add spaghetti straps onto my daughter’s prom dress. I did some quick internet research as well as conferring with wiser and older seamstresses. Here is what I found out. Sewing spaghetti straps is a pain in the neck. There are several ways to do it. I chose the easiest way that required no special tools other than a bobby pin and my sewing machine.
Here is what I did. First find matching fabric or use the fabric cut off from the hem. This is what I did since we trimmed almost 8 inches off the bottom of her dress. Cut the straps on the bias as it gives it some stretch. Add a cording inside to keep it from stretching too much and use a bobby pin to help turn it right side out. There are really nice turning tools but the bobby pin is what worked today. To be completely honest sewing spaghetti straps was a really stressful thing. The first time around. The second try was much better and it made me want to go around offering spaghetti strap sewing services to all the girls at prom! :0)
I usually sew without patterns so here is my rendition of a strapless to spaghetti strap prom dress. It is frankly easier to add straps than alter a prom dress to fit snugly enough without spaghetti straps.
assemble your strap ingredients.
Put your zipper foot on your sewing machine
This is what the zipper foot looks like for my sewing machine. Your should look similar.
Sew the strap inside out with the cording inside, but not on the cording with the right sides of the fabric together.
Trim the seam close to the edge, about 1/2 an inch from the sewn edge.
Cut a slit about 1/2 an inch from the end. Then slide fabric onto the bobby pin through the tube of fabric until you reach the 1/2 cut. Put both tips of the bobby pin into the tube and continue scrunching and turning the tube of fabric.
Thread the cording onto the bobby pin and rethread the bobby pin through the now turned right side out tube.
Pin to the dress and try on, do any adjusting necessary. Sew firmly through all layers of fabric and cording to the dress.
Look great and have a wonderful time. ***Here is the final product. I have added this photo so that you can see that it actually worked and the straps looked great! I added this picture in 2012***
There you go. I hope that you get all you need from this tutorial.
Thanks so much,