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HELP! Scorched fabric…

kbalinski | Posted in General Discussion on

As I was pressing the hem on the beautiful pair of suit pants I just made myself, I looked away from the iron long enough to leave a brown burn mark (complete with circular steam holes) on the front of one leg!  Can I do anything (other than convert them to gauchos) to fix the mark?



  1. mygaley | | #1

    All this depends on the fabric, of course, and whether the fibers are fused together (fix with scissors).  We used to use a dilute solution of clorox on a rag to sponge off the scorch marks.  I know this works on wool, linen and silk.  You could try it:  one of my mottos is "if it's ruined, it's ruined".  This attitude frees me to use desperate measures (Like X-14 tile cleaner).  LOL Galey


    1. kbalinski | | #2

      Thank you galey, I'll try the clorox.  The fabric is a dark grey with some very faint pinstripes (a lite wool, I think) suiting that I picked up at JoAnn's.  I feel so stupid... I really took my time following every little step, and at the very end, I screwed it up.  To top it all off, when I put them on to show my husband, he said, "Why don't they look like real pants?"  Rather than explaining the wide, straight leg versus a tapered fit, maybe I should forget about the scorch mark and just strangle him with the stupid pants!!!


      p.s. In the process of dabbing, the fabric ripped where it was scorched, so my pants will now have a classy cuff at the bottom!  Thankfully I left myself a generous 2" hem allowance and have room to take them up more!  This will be one of the very few times in my life I'm grateful for my short legs!

      Edited 8/8/2006 10:05 pm ET by kbalinski

      1. HMaterialgirl | | #3

        I'd call that a "happy accident"...Wide leg pants with cuffs are hot on the runways for fall! 

  2. Beanhi | | #4

    There's a Vogue pattern designed by Alice+Olivia that has the pant legs as 2 separate pieces.


    Not sure how the seam would look on a non-boot cut pants.

    1. Walkerwoman | | #5


      I scorched a suit skirt  I used oxyclean I put 1/2 scoop in the sink with a bout 1/4 sink of water  ( I didn't want to get the whole thing wet just in case--- well with just a little rubbing the scorch stain came out even the little circles.  And It did'nt fad.  If you use clorox you are going to have a big whiteish grey mess. ( just my unasked for 2 cents ;-)


  3. cafms | | #6

    Watch out with the Clorox if it is wool.  One of the tests the Sew With Wool contest uses is to put a 1 inch square piece of the fabric in a cup of Clorox.  If it disappears it is wool.   I think white vinager will help remove the scorch marks.

  4. user-167104 | | #7

    I had that happen years ago on a poly/cotton blend and someone told me to use vinegar. Poor white vinegar on it, then rinse, should come out.

    Hope it works for you. I hate when that happens.

  5. Teaf5 | | #8

    I agree that you should try the vinegar first.  If the fibers are fused together, you can often use a light sand paper to remove the sheen/fused part to reveal the undamaged fabric.  And, I agree with the poster who mentioned the two-piece trouser legs; I've seen a lot of RTW with seams just below the knee.

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