A simple alteration, today. My client had a shift dress with spaghetti straps. The top of the dress had a ruffle over the bosom, which was sewn right-sides-together to the neck and arm holes, then turned right side out, thus finishing the neck and arm-holes and hiding all the raw edges under the ruffle. Simple and cute. The problem: the straps were too long for the wearer!
Below you can see the new seam sewn (by hand, for neatness' sake), and the extra length of spaghetti strap cut off.
Then I turned the ruffle right side out again, and all done! I forgot to take a picture of the finished strap right-side-out, but it looks exactly like the original.
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