Yellow Tail Cami Sewalong: Making Fabric Straps

Hello Sewalongers. It’s the first bonus post in the Yellow Tail Camisole sewalong! Hate fold over elastic or just can’t find any? Then make some fabric straps!

What it boils down to is making knit bias tape. But, because knit fabric is already stretchy, you won’t be cutting your strip of fabric along the bias. Instead, cut it in the direction of your fabric’s stretch. Not sure how long your strip should be? See this tutorial.

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If you don’t have enough continuous fabric for one long strip, cut out a few shorter ones. To sew them together, lay the ends of the strips right sides together at a 90 degree angle. Then, sew across them at a 45 degrees angle & cut off your seam allowances. Press the seams open. Note that I’m cutting my knit bias tape 2″ wide (unfolded) because my ruler is 2″ wide. You could cut it narrower. Don’t cut it wider though or the tip of your back triangle will be really covered up.

Just like in the tutorial on applying your fold over elastic, find the center of your knit bias tape & match that up with the center back of your camisole, but do not pin it down. Walk your bias tape over to the left armhole. Starting at that end, stitch your bias tape down, approximately 3/8″ away from the raw edge of the fabric. The right side of your bias tape with be facing the wrong side of your camisole.

Then, turn your camisole over to the right side. Starting at the very end of one of your straps, fold the raw edges in towards the center. Fold it in half so the raw edges are completely incased. It should be folded just like double fold bias tape. You could iron your straps so everything is already in place as you’re sewing. I like to fold my bias tape in place as I sew though. It’s purely a personal preference.

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Once your strip of fabric has been folded into bias tape, stitch the edges together with a very narrow zig zag stitch. Keep stitching past the straps, along your armholes & the back of your camisole until you get to the end of the other strap. While you’re doing this you might be stretching out your straps on teh edge at which you’re stitching. If so, just iron them straight again. Also keep in mind that slightly curved straps won’t look curved when you’re wearing your camisole.

Then, try on your cami! Just like in the last video tutorial, lengthen or shorten the straps to determine how much cleavage you want to show, but remember that you can’t do it too much without altering your pattern pieces. It’s also nice to make sure your bras straps are covered. It’s much easier to keep them covered when making wider straps like I am in the video tutorial below.

Once your straps are all in place, sew them to the wrong side of the camisole. Stitch in two places, along the line of stitching you sewed when attaching your bias tape & along the very top edge of the camisole. On the wrong side of your camisole, if you’ve got extra strap bits hanging past your lines of stitching, trim them off.

That’s all! Next up is hemming your camisole & then you’ll be done! But I won’t be. I’ve got another bonus pattern hacking tutorial for you after you’re done hemming your Yellow Tail Camisole.

If you need to catch up, here are the previous sewalong posts:

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6 Responses to “Yellow Tail Cami Sewalong: Making Fabric Straps”

  1. Joan January 3, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Thank you for this tip. I wish we could have seen the final cami as sewn, tho.

    • Mari January 3, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Joan, you can see the finished camisoles in the next video. However, I can see how you might miss that if you don’t need to make bust adjustments after finishing the straps. I’ll keep that in mind for the next set of sewalong videos.

  2. Donna October 26, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Great tip – thanks for making the video to show how to add the knit bias.

    • Mari October 26, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      I’m glad you found it helpful!


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