“I want a one strap dress, mom.” Grace declared one day. I stopped what I was doing to take a look at the dress she was wearing and determined it would not work. I suggested we look for another dress that might work better for that style of dress. The next thing I knew, she was holding up this yellow dress with one strap hacked off. I was surprised, and she was surprised that the dress wouldn’t stay up with only one strap. (She’s learning fashion design do’s and don’ts the hard way.) Although it was just a $4.50 consignment dress, I thought about some ways to salvage the dress, since she still liked it. I asked the pros at Re-Fashion Co-op for some ideas and decided to fix the straps using fabric from the dress. The original straps are gathered into a wide strap. When I removed the intact strap and un-gathered it, there was enough fabric to make two matching skinny straps. I think it turned out great and looks just as good as the first version.