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How do I repair a torn dress?

bonnie_paff | Posted in The Archives on

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Daughter was given a dress which she loves. It is made out of knit and rayon. With its a-line build, it was torn on the side slit. However, it was the material that tore not the threads. It is a little big so there is a little room to take in but the tear is to high to shorten. Any suggestions???

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  1. Betty_Kershner | | #1

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    Is it big enough to take it in equally on both sides? That's your best bet.

    1. Ann-Mari | | #2

      *This sounds "tongue-in-cheek" but I'm dead serious. How about a patch of some sort? And putting at least two other patches on the garment also. By "patch" I mean some decorative feature like a circle or triangle or any other geometric shape. Or an appliqued flower or fruit or intricate design.Place them around in your own clever manner. Connect three of them with a stitched line, like balloons. Have fun.I also really mean "3" at least. Uneven numbers are the most pleasing to the eye. Wish I could help you. You really indicate you like that dress!

      1. Chris_Wright | | #3

        *Hi Bonnie, I have had a designer gown where the material tore - however, the skirt material of the gown was made of tulle netting. I was able to sew the tear together via sewing machine without the former tear being visible.But with a rayon, I would unstitch the torn fabric from the dress and replace the fabric. Otherwise, I think that sewing up the tear will look messy and also will affect the garments shape. If you don't have the appropriate skills, I am sure that a dressmaker will be happy to help you. Chris.

        1. Stephanie_Corina_Goddard | | #4

          *Taking a cue from arrow-head reinforcements - what about a triangle-shaped patch at the top of the slit? Put one on each side (assuming the dress has two slits?) and they will look like they belong. This would not only cover the torn area, but will strengthen the slit so it doesn't happen again! Can you steal some fabric from somewhere inside the garment? If not, add patches of a compatible fabric and then do something decorative somewhere else on the dress to tie it all in.

          1. Jlane | | #5

            *Bonnie:You mentioned that the tear is more like a slit than a hole, you might be able to remove some hemmed fabric, cut it to size, and patch it. With the combination of patching and taking in the skirt, it should look fine. Most people's attention are not to the skirt, so I don't think it will need to be perfect.Good luck,Jen

          2. bonnie_paff | | #6

            *Wow! Thanks for everyones suggestions.Some many the different ideas. It got me thinking, I am shortening the dress a little shorter than a mini-skirt. She can wear it with her leggins and still be able to enjoy the pretty material and the sassy look of the style. If she isn't satisfied, then I think I will use your suggestion about replacing the skirt material. I know she just loves the silky feel of the rayon. It is just so different from her cotton dresses.

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