DIY Tapering Wide Bra Strap to Reduce Shoulder Gouging

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I just replaced the bra straps on a bra to make it wide on the top of the shoulders, where thin straps can gouge into the shoulders. The wider straps distributes the bust weight load over a wider surface area to ease the pressure, but tapers to the same points of connection as the thinner original straps so the wearer wouldn’t feel like they’re wearing big suspender straps that aren’t exactly feminine. The straps are double layered and serged for strength, turned inside out, but thin enough still that a regular non-white blouse or thicker top should cover it just as well as a regular strap. The taper is also asymmetric so the edge towards the neck runs further off centre, allowing for a slightly longer edge that may be needed for a rising shoulder to neck.

So here’s my question. Why don’t bra makers do this?

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I’ve Got a VEGAN-FRIENDLY Guitar Strap???

Planet Waves Beatles Vegan Friend Guitar Strap

I’m just too eco-conscious these days, to the point I’m eco-subconscious!

I just bought one of those Planet Waves Meet the Beatles guitar straps (in photo) on the weekend. I bought it because it felt nice, being synthetic leather (which I could tell was synthetic), it was stylish and it was really cheap. I don’t know why it was really cheap ($8 Cdn new when it should be at least $30 US), but I suspect it might have something to do with the potential coating on it interfering with lacquer finishes on vintage guitars (Vegetarian Star, July 24 2009). Naturally, it can be expected to be a problem worth noting because vintage guitars are expensive, but many of their players might also be of the generation who might buy one of these Beatles guitar straps.

I only found out about the potential problem while looking up more information about the authorization to create these things. The Vegetarian Star article linked above showed up on my search as Planet Waves Unveils Vegan Friendly Beatles Guitar Straps, Picks. That was too good to pass up for a second look, and that was how I found out my new strap was vegan-friendly at Sir vegetarian Paul McCartney’s insistence no real hide be used.

OK. I get the hide thing. I’m not into leather, either. I wouldn’t have bought this strap if it were real leather.

But vegan friendly???

Were they thinking they’d sell these things to environmentally conscious and ethical starving artists who might have to resort to eating their guitar straps to survive? And who would have no guilt about doing it?

Now that’d make an interesting photo for an ad!

Heh, that’s what I get for being cheap. I love the Beatles, though not as much as Bob. Dylan, of course. And I am loving my new guitar strap. I’ll keep the vegan thing in mind in case I have to eat it while out on the road. Not because I’m poor, but because as a marathon runner, I need to eat a lot, all the time, and eat healthy stuff, too! The vegan friendly strap might just be the only available to me at some point.

Now, should I eat it, who’s head should I bite off first? Hahahaha!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.6

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