Adventures in sewing: Shortening a halter neck strap

Continuing my summer adventures in sewing… I’ve written about shortening dress straps before (see here and here). This time, I shortened the neck strap on a navy cocktail halter dress I thrifted a couple of summers ago, seen here.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to shorten halter neck straps

I wore this navy halter dress at a library conference event, as seen in this post, but I felt a bit uncomfortable with the fit of the halter strap. It felt a little low-hanging on me, and the back fell low enough to necessitate wearing a bra extender.

My goal? To shorten the halter neck strap.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to shorten halter neck straps

The process of shortening a dress strap is pretty simple, if the straps are the same width. All it took was to measure how much I needed to shorten it, and then sewing a straight line across. The double layer of liner and chiffon of this cocktail dress, as well as the two fabric buttons on the back of the halter neck strap, made this job a bit more complicated than I first anticipated.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing progress on shortening halter neck straps

After sewing the straight line, I then smoothed down the excess fabric and hand-stitched it down. (I didn’t want to cut off the excess fabric in case I wanted to lengthen it again in the future.) Thank goodness the fabric buttons were just decorative, and not functional, so I simply reattached the buttons to the middle neck seam as the final task.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to shorten halter neck straps - finishing touches

Reattaching the buttons really made a difference making the end result look more professional!

Librarian for Life + Style | How to shorten halter neck straps - final result

I took up almost an inch on the halter neck strap, and I was quite pleased with the result of this simple sewing project. I felt much more comfortable with the fit covering the bust — and it brought up the back enough for me to wear a regular strapless bra without the extender. Success!

How do you feel about this project? Have you ever shortened straps on a dress before? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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