Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Accidental cut repair

Have you ever accidentally made a big cut through your fabric?  Or should I say when was the last time? 

For me it was yesterday.
I was working on recreating an iconic Paganoonoo blouse using a very hard to locate shirt. And, I cut right through the part I wanted to use.
The best way I know to salvage this type of cut (huge) is to repair it with another foundation fabric beneath.  So I cut some  batiste weight white into a strip.
I then laid it half under the fashion fabric.
And straight stitched it in place.
Here I am coming up to the end of the cut.
I sewed across the end and started down the other side, matching the pattern as I went.
About to sew off the end onto the backing fabric.
Sewn down on both sides. I pressed it.
Then did a multi step zig zag over both edges.

Pressed it again, then trimmed the excess backing fabric off. 
Doesn't look too bad. If you are in Puyallup for the Sewing Expo stop by the Paganoonoo booth and I will show you the repair up close.
Happy Upcycling!  Michelle 

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  1. Wow! Can't even see it! One of my favourite things to use for this type of repair would be iron-on woven cotton interfacing, although it would be a bit heavier than the batiste.

  2. Hi Lizze, I've never heard of iron-on cotton interfacing, interesting! The batiste helps keep the fabric flexible.

  3. Hi I was at Sew Expo yesterday saw that dress, never even notice this repair! Loved it so much I bought the pattern an shirts at my local thrift store on my way home, ;) can't wait to make it. Thank you so much I hate to go shopping and love to make my own stuff and reuse. I do it all the time in my quilting but in clothes making was sort of at a loss as to where to start. Julie

  4. Michelle, I just made my niece a new baby outfit. To my horror, after I was nearly complete, I noticed a 1 inch slice in the leg..... will this approach even work on a completed garment?

  5. Hi Mary. Yes it should work fine from the inside. Perhaps a little heart patch on top? Turning a flaw into a feature is a favorite trick of mine.