As preparations were being made for a sisters Christmas photo shoot, we quickly gravitated to our vintage-inspired dress with 3/4 length sleeves made in a very lightweight wool, Soft Mauve – Pink Jacquard fabric….. With a gentle tug of excitement to pull this lovely dress from the clothes-rack, our ears were pricked by the horrible sounds of a tear! Sure enough – there was a hole, front and center! Pretty hard to hide this one in pictures!
Gosh darn, golly geeze, son of a… wait a minute – Darn It! Really, Darn It!
All the thinking caps went on – how in the world to repair a hole in this sweet wool dress? “Darn it!” Darn definition: To mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap.
However, before a thread was stitched, trial efforts were made!
Instead of making my initial attempt on the dress itself, I took a seam ripper to a remnant swatch of our gorgeous wool – intentionally adding a hole to see the best way to repair it.
To fuse the dress with a self-fabric patch, I used ‘Stitch Witchery’. ‘Stitch Witchery’is a great tool for hems, trims, belts and so much more!
(Years ago, before Pinterest, I saw a neat project using Stitch Witchery by the yard & have always wanted to try it. Yardage of Stitch Witchery was used for fusing a piece of aluminum foil to the wrong side of cute Christmas fabric & the finished piece was then used to wrap baked goods for Christmas gifts!)
Here, ‘Stitch Witchery’ fused my man-made hole with a repair patch.
– Place a pressing cloth over the wool to fuse the patches together.
This fabric is such a unique color and when a thread match was seemingly impossible, I grabbed a small remnant of the same wool fabric and unraveled a thread that be could used for an exact match! After fusing a small piece of the same wool to the back side of the garment, I used the threads shown below to “darn it”!! It really worked!
*Please don’t let my husband know I actually “darned” something! For our 44 years of marriage, he has been asking me to darn his socks!! I can easily throw away his socks, but I just had to rescue the dress! Priorities, right?