Sunday, January 23, 2011

A little repairing...

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!

15 comments:

  1. That's a very pretty brocade, glad you were able to fix the skirt. And a trip to the DR sounds fantastic, looking forward to seeing the wardrobe you come up with for that.

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  2. Brocades are notorious for raveling. You did a great save here and I am sure there will be many more wearings before you retire this one. It is such a pretty skirt.

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  3. Great job on the repairing of your garments. You will enjoy having these pieces back in your closet.

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  4. Great saves. Love the skirt. The colors go so well with your skin tone.

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  5. Skirt brocade is lovely. Great colors too.

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  6. Ummmmm.... I LOVE this skirt. LUHV. Have any left of this material that you could send up my way?

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  7. I LOVE that brocade. I'm so glad you were able to fix it. It looks fantastic on you.

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  8. I'm really glad to know of that fix. Wish I'd know it several years ago. I had a silk jacket that strained at the center back seam. This would have been the perfect fix.

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  9. You always look so put together...I wouln't think a seam would dare to pull apart on you!
    Thanks for the seam repair instructions.

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  10. Thank you for sharing how to repair raveling seams. I learn something new every time I read your blog. I really enjoy your blog and all your creations

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  11. Good info. It's a beautiful brocade and good that you could save such a beautiful piece.

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  12. That a smart fix. That is a really nice brocade and the colors are great; I can certainly see this with yellow. What a bright spot for this time of year!

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  13. As Bunny said, brocades are notorious for raveling and pulling away from the stitching. I had a pair of rtw pants in a brocade a few years ago that did the same thing, and I fixed it the same way. It's a pretty skirt.

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  14. Such a pretty fabric. What a stroke of inspiration to sew it into such a lovely skirt.

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  15. If you were tring to look at my blog it was coming up under artandsew and it should have been patriciasfabricart!!

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