My workout set is finally finished and I will talk more about that in a post soon. But first I wanted to share how I did the back criss cross straps. I’ve never done something like this before so this method is just me trying out what I thought would be a good solution. And it turned out quite well, I’m happy to report. The top has a built in bra which made the assembly fairly easy, but a lining would work just as well I think.
First I marked where I would attach the straps. I used two different colours so that I could differentiate between the right and left shoulder straps. I did the notches on the bra piece and I also interfaced the edge for more stability.
Then I laid out the straps according to how they would be positioned.
Next step was to sew the straps to the bra piece.
After the straps assembly I played around with the straps to make a weave.
Once I settled on the weave it was time to prepare the straps for being attached to the shoulder seam. To make this easier I first sewed the straps on to a ribbon.
Then I pulled the straps through the front bodice (which is double layered thanks to the front bra piece)
To keep the straps in place while sewing the shoulder seam I did some basting stitches first.
To close the shoulder I just sewed an overlock seam over the straps.
After I turned the bodice out again it looked like this, which is pretty much exactly what I had hoped for. Next time though I will also stabilize the fabric shoulder seam with some interfacing to make sure the shoulder keeps its shape.