Adding a Top to a Strapless Wedding Gown


Adding a top strap to a strapless wedding dress makes it a halter. The change in style helps to make your shoulders less broad than a strapless gown as it helps give you more distinct lines. Using the same type of material as the existing dress ties the entire project together while giving you the look you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • 1-yard similar wedding dress material
  • Straight pins
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread, matching the dress
  • Sewing machine
  • Snaps or buttons
  • Measure from the top of the dress from the left front to the middle of the bride’s neck. Write the measurement down.

  • Measure from the top of the dress, right front to the middle of the bride’s neck. The measurement should be the same as the far side. To double-check your work, measure from the left side, around the neck, to the right side. This total should be the same.

  • Add two inches to the total measurement so you will have enough material to sew into the dress.

  • Cut the material to the length you determined. Make it about 3-inches wide. If you are working with lace, you can work with the pattern of the lace to make it work with the look of the material. For lace, you will leave the piece flat and skip to the latch part.

  • Fold the material in half lengthwise. The “right” side of the material should fold onto itself.

  • Press a solid seam with the iron down the centerline so the edges stay together.

  • Put straight pins about a half-inch from the open edge of the material. You will place each pin about a half an inch apart down the entire length of the piece.

  • Use the sewing machine to put a seam a quarter-inch from the open edge of the material.

  • Put your finger inside the newly formed tube, scrunching up the material until you can get your finger all the way to the other open end.

  • Grab the farthest open end and pull it back through the other open hole. This turns the tube so the right-side of the material is now facing outwards.

  • Fold over a quarter-inch of both ends of the tube. Secure it with a straight pin.

  • Use the sewing machine or needle and thread to fasten down both ends. This seam finishes all the sides of the material, no frayed edges will show.

  • Attach two loops or snaps on one side of the strap. It should be on the short end that you just finished.

  • Sew the end without the loops or snaps on the left side of the front of the top of the wedding dress.

  • Attach the other half of the snaps or two buttons on the right side of the front of the wedding dress.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add rhinestones or pleats in your strap to give it more flare.
  • Because the strap can stretch, adding an extra row of loops or snaps gives the bride options when fastening the strap.

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