While there are companies that sell clothing for, or flattering on, large busts, knowing how-to alter apparel is a great skill to have, whether you need an item to wear in a crunch, or if you have an article of clothing you really like, but it needs an alteration to fit the way you'd like.


Alter the armsEdit

  • Add gussets to the underarms.[1][2]
  • Shorten tanktop straps.[3][4]
  • Add a snappable-ribbon to prevent bra straps from showing [5]

Alter the waistEdit

  • Add elastic shirring to the waist.[6]

Alter for breastfeeding accessEdit

Alter the bodyEdit


  • Convert a halter top bathing suit.[11][12]
  • Convert a bra into a bikini top.[13][14]

See alsoEdit


  1. Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing: How to Sew a Two-Piece Underarm Gusset
  2. Hourglassy: Fit Picky Full Bust Alterations: Armholes That Can Be Saved
  3. Cats & Florals: How to shorten (wide) shoulder straps
  4. Jessalynne Jewelry: DIY - Shorten Tank Top Straps with a Lapped Seam
  5. What Happens At Naptime: Tutorial – Tank Top Bra Catcher
  6. Hourglassy: Fit Picky Full Bust Alterations: Quick Waist Fix
  7. Bras I Hate: What To Do With Your Hideous Work Uniform
  8. Bras I Hate & Love: Clothes For Boobs, Budget Edition: Dumpster Sweaters & Giant Baggy Sweatshirts
  9. Hourglassy: Off the Rack: Shrinking an oversized sweatshirt
  10. Analog Me: Fix That Too Big T-Shirt
  11. Snarky Lawyer: Game Changer: Convertingg a Halter Bikini to a Crossback for Surfing and Sports
  12. Something Wonderful: Halter top bathing suit transformation
  13. Tasha Delrae: Bra to Bathingsuit DIY
  14. Third Shift Arts and Crafts: Experiment time: Can I sew a bra into my bathing suit?
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