Dear readers! Week 8 and the Summer Sewing Tutorial Series is wrapping up! Thanks so much for being a part of it!
I'm looking forward to sharing more about the day to days of business owning and growing and funning and sillying as summer turns to fall, but I'm excited for one last tutorial today (well, part 1 of 2... :)).
About how to fix the holes that magically (or not so magically) appear in our favorite garments. There are a few different categories of holes that I've recognized (though this list certainly isn't comprehensive):
So I thought I'd walk us through fixing some of the easier ones this week, and save some of the others for Part 2... :)
This is just where some stitching broke or came out, but the integrity of the garment and fabric aren't compromised.
All you've gotta do isturn the garment inside out, pin the two pieces of fabric together where they used to join, and sew it up (using a sewing machine, or by hand) following the old stitch line where the garment used to be joined. Good as new!
If you're working on a knit fabric (remember the difference between woven and knit?), you'll get extra credit for using a very narrow zig-zag stitch, so that the seam line will stretch with the fabric. :)
1) Sad armpit hole...
2) Turned inside out and pinned.
3) In the sewing machine I follow the garment's original stitch line and seam allowances.
So here, there's a stress point on the garment like on these tights), and the fabric has worn out. I can fix it, but it's going to change the size of the garment slightly (which may or may not jive for your garment's style), and the hole(s) will likely come back. But it'll last a little while longer :)
1) Hole. Boo.
2) Turned inside out, pinned, and the stitch line re-drawn with chalk
4) Ta da!
These ones can sometimes be hideable, depending on where and what type of fabric. Here's a little cardigan with a mini-hole I'll patch from the back
Row 1: The hole and our materials!
Row 2: My patch and flower petal stitching
Row 3: The finished product, inside and out :)
If it's a casual garment, or has a print like this one, it may not be noticeable at all!
Well, what do you think? Do you have any clothing you'll be patching soon? I'd love to hear about it! Please comment below :) And see you next week!