It’s really easy to fix a strap like this, that has a little ring on the end. I’ll show you how to do it in this post!
I had bought this slip dress and only wore it a few times before one of the straps broke. It was in perfect condition otherwise; no signs of wear at all. And I really wanted it to be in working order, because I had been looking for slip dresses for ages – it’s not really a ‘done’ thing these days, a slip dress, is it? But with so many unlined dresses about that just kind of… stick to you in an unflattering way (I mean, about 95% of the time I wear tights, and many materials like to cling to tights) I thought this was a useful addition to my wardrobe. Until it broke, obviously.
Anyway, the reason it’s easy to fix a strap like this is because most of the time, the actual fabric will not have been torn, it’s just the thread that hasn’t held up. If the fabric of the strap has torn, you could consider cutting off the torn part (and proceeding further as below), but usually there is no need.
What you need: a pair of scissors, a needle and thread. If you don’t have any matching thread, and don’t want to buy any just for this quick fix, consider getting some invisible thread.
If we look closely at the other (non-broken) strap here, we can see that it’s attached to the ring by being wrapped around it in a little loop that’s been sewed shut. So that’s what we’re going to recreate.
First, take the snapped end of the strap and stitch three times (this secures the end of the thread so you can’t accidentally pull it out while sewing further).
Now, pull the needle, thread and end of the strap through the ring. Take care to do it the same way around as the other strap (observe your other strap for this, and please check thoroughly, because it’s very easy to finish sewing only to realise you’ve twisted the strap or sewed it back on with the wrong side facing outwards)!
Now you’ve made sure everything is the correct way around, take the end and press it against the strap, taking around the same amount of ‘end’ as the non-broken strap uses (I wouldn’t measure, it’s far too fiddly in this case, just go by what looks right). Stitch through and back again in a row, starting on one side and working your way through to the other side. Place the stitches very closely together, because this is only a tiny bit of fabric and the closer the stitching, the stronger it is (and therefore, less likely to snap again!). Once you have stitched from one end to the other, do at least three more stitches (just like in the beginning) so your thread is secured, and snip off the ends of the thread.
And you’re done! I didn’t even do this very neatly and still it looks like it was never broken :)