This is how the bra started. I measured myself, matched up my measurements to the pattern and fully intended to follow the pattern. I swear. (those who know me, know I prefer to experiment rather than follow directions on some things, recipes and patterns in particular). As you can see, it's destined for front closure.
I realized then that I'd forgotten to adjust the pattern for my narrow shoulders. And, I really prefer my sports bras to fit and be somewhat firm. Not constricting, but I do like the girls lifted into a decent shape. I had ~ 3" too much on each side and had to compensate for the wider shoulders. So, I played with placing. I wrapped it crisscross on the front to see if I could get a nice snug feel and pull in the straps. It worked!
So, this is how it looks finished with the crisscross stitched in place. I'll admit, I was nervous about doing that because it totally F'd with the pattern design. But you know what? I'm REALLY, really happy with it. I love the rest of the desgin and it now fits better than the standard U-shaped, uniboob sports bras you can buy, which don't usually do diddly squat for lifting or even supporting anything on me. Another bonus, I have a V-neck sports bra now! It does show on lower cut shirts and tanks, but it's such a different line that it's a refreshing change.
I put this on right after I stitched it down and went out for a walk. The girls moved a bit as I walked, but it wasn't painful. AND... are you ready for this?! I didn't get a headache. "A what?!" you ask. A headache. Traditional racerback style bras give me a headache within hours of wearing. Probably because of where they pull on my neck muscles. But this bra saddles your shoulders like a traditional bra. So, it doesn't pull on those muscles. Woot, woot for me!