Using the instructions to sew the straps in the dress was a real bear. The straps were pulling the work off grain when I was sewing the facing into the body of the dress so I kept having to stop sewing, adjust everything and repin. When that was done the facing was sewn in beautifully but the straps pointed in all directions. I had to cut them out and redo them several times. I haven’t done this yet, but next time I plan to try this method:
1. Cut each strap three inches longer than indicated. Mark the stitching lines two inches from each end.
2. Sew the facing to the body of the dress, stopping at the insertion points for the straps. Trim seams (except for insertion points), press and understitch.
3. From the right side, insert the straps up to the marked stitching line. When you are satisfied that they are straight, pin the ends to the facing at three points.
4. Turn the facing inside out and stitch the straps in place. Trim seam allowances and turn right side out. Confirm that straps are straight and cut off extensions.
Aside from the straps, everything went together easily and perfectly.