How to add adjustable straps to your Nullarbor Cami or Dress
It's Leila here again!
I love the simplicity of the wide straps on the Nullarbor Cami and Dress but sometimes a bit of adjustability is good too. For example if you're planning on wearing your dress 90s style, with a long sleeved top under it, you might need some more length in the straps. Or if your body changes frequently, it might be nice to build in a bit of future proofing. Or perhaps you're just not sure what the right length is and you'd like to experiment.
When I designed this pattern, I thought long and hard about whether or not to include adjustable straps in the published pattern and ultimately decided to keep it simple. My main reason was this: it's very difficult to find 1" (2.5cm) wide bra sliders. And I didn't want it to put people off or delay folks from having a wonderful, breezy cami (or five) to wear this summer.
I purchased my 1" bra sliders from the Porcelynne etsy store. I am yet to find another source but I will update this post if I find any. They do need to be bra sliders - some of the other hardware that is available is more suitable for thicker applications like belts and they won't hold your straps securely. You will need 4 bra sliders for this tutorial.
Anyway....on to the tutorial.
- Cut your straps as per the pattern, but cut 1 extra
- Sew, turn, and press as usual
- Cut one strap in half. These will be the back straps. They should be around 4" long
- Feed the back straps through one side of the slider and fold in half. These are the back sliders (actually they are not going to slide - they will act like a ring on a bra)
- Take the longer straps (front straps) and finish one short end of each. I chose to overlock/serge mine
- Weave a bra slider onto the finished end, fold over 3/4" (2cm) and sew down. This is the front slider
- With seam facing up, feed the long end of the front strap through the free side of the back slider
- Weave the free end of the front strap back through the front slider.
- Insert your straps as per the instructions, ensuring the back straps inserts to the back of your cami. It can help to staystitch it down
- That's it! You're done!