DIY: Strappy Back Bra

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And dare I add…sexy to the title?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that a recent trend for the past couple of years has been lingerie (and swimwear!) getting more complex and strappy. Lots of extra ties, crossing strings, layered straps…I just love it! Bra straps peeking out from under a shirt are no longer risque; they’re trendy and cute. Welcome to the era of underthings that are meant to be shown…and this DIY takes any old bra you might have and upgrades it into the strappy bra trend. Get ready for some major sexiness with this project.

Many brands come already with tons of great strappiness. (Victoria’s Secret, Only Hearts, Free People, and One Teaspoon are particular faves.)

diy-strappy-back-bra-inspiration-chic-stealsI really liked this particular Victoria’s Secret bra (no longer available…but this is very similar) …but didn’t want to buy a whole new bra.

So what are you to do if you want a little sultriness but the lingerie you have needs a little upgrade? Add MORE straps of course! Here’s how:

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bra rings and sliders set  /  extra pair of bra straps (salvaged from a convertible or strapless bra, or bought as a separate item)  /  bra you don’t mind attaching the straps to permanently  /  matching thread  /  hand-sewing needle  /  pins  /  scissors

How To:

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1. For the particular style I’m making, you have to cut off the ends of the bra straps. This bra had convertible straps, so I unhooked them and cut off the ends.

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2. Thread both loose ends through a double-sided slider.

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3. Now to create the upside-down V’s that will anchor each strap to the bra band. Take your two extra straps and cut off the ends. Thread a bra O-ring onto each. Pin down one cut end to the underside of the bra band, near the hook closure. (Note where the end is in relation to where the old straps connected.)

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4. Pin the other end of the strap to the bra band, closer to the cups, to make an upside-down V on each side of the bra hook closure.

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5. Thread the loose ends of the original bra straps through each O-ring. Fold the end of the original straps under and pin around that O-ring to secure.

6. Try on the bra to make sure all the straps lie correctly, and adjust the pinning if necessary. DO NOT CUT ANY STRAPS SHORTER until you’re ABSOLUTELY sure everything fits!

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7. Once you’re sure you like the fit, now’s the time to sew. Trim the bra’s original straps shorter if necessary, and hand-sew each end onto the O-rings where you’d pinned.

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9. Now everything’s secured and your bra is strappy (-er). I wanted to add yet another layer of strappy goodness…so I hooked the convertible straps I got from the kit I’d purchased to each original strap-anchor on the bra band.

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10. Then, since my bra had a double strap attached to each cup, I snipped the end so I could separate them and work with the outer straps only. These I attached to the cut straps from Step 9.

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If you don’t have a double strap, use the extra strap material to connect the O-rings to the tops of the cups with some stitching.

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And that’s it!

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It sounds terribly confusing, but it looks incredibly awesome once done (and peeking out from flimsy tops and low-back dresses ;-).

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Happy DIY’ing! (and happy strappiness 😉

xo
Carly

Giveaway – Craft Box Overflowing with DIY Goodies

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Hi friends – and Happy Tuesday!

I’ve gotten behind in the past couple weeks due to a lot of travel I’ve been doing for work, but I’ve put together some fantastic items for my April Email Newsletter Giveaway!

Have you signed up to receive my email newsletters yet?

Well if by some small chance you haven’t, it’s high time you did! I’m giving away a craft box overflowing with supplies to 2 different subscribers on my email newsletter list! (And you gotta be on the list to enter to win.)

From my huge crafting stash: items I’ve bought myself and supplies I’ve been gifted to create tutorials for, these boxes are stuffed with crafty goodness. Most items are brand-new and never-used, some have been used a little in tutorials I’ve featured, but all are still usable and ready for you to get making! Here’s what’s in each:

Blues Craft Box

chic-steals-april-2016-email-newsletter-giveaway-blues-craft-box  Fabrics

  • silver-grey poly satin lining
  • cactus-print quilting cotton
  • navy poly chiffon
  • turquoise poly chiffon
  • navy satin lining
  • crushed blue poly shantung (I think)
  • blue denim and crochet cotton
  • printed colorful poly chiffon
  • black stretch lace scraps

Paints

  • Deco Art Ink Effects paint (2)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint (1)
  • Terra Cotta Outdoor Paint (1)
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (5)
  • Scribbles Dimensional Paint (1)
  • Tulip Black Light Paint Pack

Jewelry Supplies

  • silver aluminum curb chain
  • black glass bugle beads
  • glass flower beads

Other

  • Tulip Glitters (5)

Reds Craft Box

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Fabrics

  • peach poly crepe
  • peach satin voile
  • pink and black Gothic Lolita print heavy-weight cotton
  • red velvet
  • yellow quilting cotton
  • leopard-print velvet
  • white gauze
  • beige twill scraps
  • striped stretch cotton jersey
  • cactus-print black quilting cotton

Paints

  • Deco Art Ink Effects paint (2)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint (4)
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (2)
  • Tulip Slick Paint (1)
  • Orange fabric paint pen
  • Tulip Glow Paint Pack

Jewelry Supplies

  • silver aluminum curb chain
  • red heart crystal beads
  • wooden pendant
  • bee pollen in resin pendant on gold unfinished chain

Other

  • Tulip Glitters (5)
  • DIY geometric stamp

How to enter? Sign up for the Chic Steals weekly newsletter below. On Thursday, May 19 at 7 AM P.D.T. you’ll receive an email where you can choose the Craft Box you want. I’ll then choose a winner randomly from the entries! (I’ll ship your box anywhere in the world too; the only restriction is you must be 18 years or over to enter.)

Sign up here now. You’ll get weekly digests of Chic Steals posts, exclusive content and giveaways, and there’s a lot more on the way for you guys.

There will be another giveaway to enter at the end of this month (time is flying by fast!), so see you again then!

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xo
Carly

2 email subscribers will win 1 of the craft boxes pictured. The subscribers will be chosen randomly based on their selection of box they want to win in an upcoming email. ARV of the box contents range from $50-75. Entering your email in the Subscribe box subscribes you to a weekly digest of posts from Chic Steals, as well as occasional emails announcing products or services that may be of interest. I do not use email for anything else. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Inspiration – Success is No Accident Typography Quote

 

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“Success is no accident.”

Despite the questionable personal life of the person to whom this quote is attributed (and his immense success and recognition otherwise as being exemplary in his sport)…this quote resonates as a truism across all disciplines.

Success is never by accident, only by years of hard work and dedication. By the time the world sits up and takes notice, success may seem accidental, but you can be certain there has been immense struggle and perseverance behind every success story.

Food for thought.

xo
Carly

Inspiration: Each Day is an Opportunity to Improve

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Each day is an opportunity to improve.

This is an adapted quote from marathon runner John Bingham: “Every day gives you an opportunity to improve.”

Hear, hear. Will you be a better version of yourself in 8 hours, 10 hours, by nightfall? Who do you want to be then? And who do you want to be tomorrow?

xo
Carly

Have a Cute, Quirky Mother’s Day with ModCloth

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Cute and Quirky Mother's Day Gifts collageIs your mom just the greatest??

Unique, special, one-of-a-kind? Hard to find gifts for?

This year, ModCloth to the rescue…with fun, funky gifts sure to please even the most discerning Mom. Their cute and quirky, geeky gifts are great for that special lady in your life. Here’s my wishlist for mine (and maybe something for myself too…maybe my 10-year-old will take note 😉

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Click through the below link to see all the cute Gifts for Gals that ModCloth has – and maybe get a little shopping done for yourself while you’re at it 😉

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Shop Mother’s Day gifts from ModCloth!

Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms, grandmoms, new moms, old moms, and all those special women out there! (ModCloth has something fun and quirky for each and every one of you 💋

xo

Carly

Celebrate the Unique About Mom for Mother’s Day with UncommonGoods

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UncomonGoods is my go-to for unique and uncommon gifts.

I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for more than 10 years – and the recipients of any gifts I buy through them are always delighted. All of the items they sell are handmade, and they are dedicated to featuring products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur. Besides being a founding member of B Corporation (click to see how cool this organization is!), UncommonGoods even lets you choose a nonprofit at checkout for them to donate $1 to with every order. They have a great selection of personalized gifts as well (see here) or gifts for all of those baby showers you’ll be attending this season (here). And who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive any one of these keepsakes for celebrating a milestone or anniversary?

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(I gave my mom the Tea Party Soap Set (9) last year for her birthday and she just loved it!)

See more amazing and unique gifts to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day at UncommonGoods.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, definitely do so – and get all your eco-conscious, socially-responsible gift-shopping done in one place.

Shop for Gifts at UncommonGoods

xo

Carly

Inspire: Live. Love. Laugh. Typography

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Live. Love. Laugh.

Advice for the every day. Something I endeavor to do.

Adapted from the 1904 poem “Success” by Bessie Anderson Stanley:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.

xo
Carly