DIY Tutorial: Elastic Strappy Bra

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Tutorial Cover

Here’s a really simple diy to convert your old/new bras into new elastic and fancy strappy ones! I find this especially useful for when the bands have stretched out and the bra no longer fits well. The tri-strap also looks great layered under loose tanks and low-back dresses! No more ugly bra straps peeking out!

1 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Materials

Materials you need for this tutorial:-

  • Elastic (0.5″ Wide)
  • An old bra with removable straps
  • Scissors
  • Sewing materials

2 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Cut Strap

1. Cut away the straps. Most bras have a boning on the side that you can refer to.

3 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Pin Elastic

2. Pin down then sew the elastic, making sure it aligns with the bottom of the bra.

4 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra 3 Elastic

3. Repeat to the middle and top. Measure the straps around your body and cut accordingly. (Tip: the top most elastic should be the longest while the bottom is the shortest)

5 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Sew Other Side

4. Pin and sew down the elastic on the other end to secure it!

6 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Strapless Version

5. You should now get something like this. If you’re opting for a strapless version, you can stop here!

7 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Mark out Shoulder Straps

6. Using tailor’s chalk, mark out where you want your shoulder straps to be. You can use another bra as a gauge.

8 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Loop Shoulder Strap

7. Loop elastic vertically around the horizontal straps and sew down.

9 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Sew Across

8. I changed my mind last minute and sewed the shoulder straps horizontally across instead. This allows me to slide/adjust the straps in case I need to! (Some low back dresses have straps very near the edge!)

10 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Final

9. Put on the bra to measure how long the shoulder straps should be. Cut and sew into place. Repeat on the other side and you’re done!

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Tutorial

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Final 2

I’m really glad at how this turned out and will definitely be wearing it with many of my tops!

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8 Responses to DIY Tutorial: Elastic Strappy Bra

  1. Autumn Koh says:

    May i know the length of your straps?

    just to gauge how different the three straps range..

    Thank you! :)

    • Juu Y. says:

      Hi Autumn!

      I’ve just measured mine, they’re 40, 38 & 37cm respectively from top to bottom. You should really measure around your own body to make sure though! I used about a total of 2m for the whole bra :) Hope this helps!

  2. Karina says:

    Amazing! I love your blog!!! Thank you for your posts!)

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  4. Marie says:

    HI!! I really love this tutorial, but I’m just wondering where we should be measuring to gauge the length of elastic we need? :)

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