I had no great desire to sew this weekend...probably due to the fact that I've already made 5 garments this month...and my mind is already turning to vacation gear. So yesterday after doing some cleaning, I read a book and watched a movie. Something I haven't done in quite some time!
Today, I really wanted to make the repairs to the dress and the skirt since both of these were simple fixes. The first one was to this skirt that I made back in January 2009:
This skirt is made from a polyester brocade that I bought from Metro Textiles and it was worn one time because of the tearing at the darts:
I stuck it in the closet on a shelf to be repaired, but honestly didn't think about it again until last week. I was looking through the fabric closet for fabric to make a brocade skirt when I realized that I'd already made one. So I went looking for this one to fix.
As I stated earlier this was an easy fix. I cut slivers of fusible interfacing and pressed them onto the areas where the fabric was separating from the stitching.
This was done to strengthen & stabilize the fabric. Then I restitched the dart legs a smidge from the original dart legs and the repair was done. Here's a pic of the finished skirt hanging:
I will wear it differently than I did originally:
This time I'm adding a yellow cardigan and a beige colored turtleneck sweater. I like how the yellow cardigan emphasizes the yellow print.
I also fixed the black/grey plaid dress again using the fusible interfacing technique and sewing the side seam again. I think I strained the sides because I kept jamming my hands in the pockets and pulling. I will remember not to do this the next time I wear the dress. The good thing is that I've made so many of these that this dress will not get a lot of wear or stress to the seams.
It's good to know that I'm not the only one that experiences wearability issues. I truly try to insure that all seams are properly sewn and sewn twice in stress areas but you can't always guarantee how a fabric will react once it's being worn.
Well I'm off to read some more and think about the pieces I need to make to take with me to the DR...
...as always, more later!