Ripped Reach

We all know that feeling and sound when you reach too far forward and the back sleeve seam screams.We hope that all we tore was the lining and no one will notice.

This week a regular client showed up with this very same problem only her jacket was made of a very loosely woven fabric and no lining. She had no other option but to see me in the “clothes clinic” for a consult.


What can you do with a right back princess line seam shredded over an inch??? Could it have been just sewn back together past the shredded area??? Sure it could but it would have not fit and it would have been so tight that the first reach would have done even more damage.

“Can you work a miracle?” she asks remembering that I have a direct line to the Almighty at times and being so close to Easter maybe this is possible…resurrect this disaster.

She leaves it with me and the thinking begins. What needs to be done is all the weft threads, running left to right, have to be gathered back into line and somehow compacted back into something resembling fabric and not a shag haircut.

Black silk organza should do the trick so a long strip of it is spray basted/glued to the fibers. Then fusible tricot interfacing pressed onto that as a sandwich and reshaped to it’s original size.

                       OK it is done yet? Oh no…what is going to hold the fibers securely? Enter nylon thread backstitched over and over unto the repair area to stabilize the area and look like nothing happened to it. 


Here is the thread normally used for attaching buttons. It is strong nylon pre-cut and pre-waxed and comes in lots of colors. You can see the first line of backstitching where the fibers are not attached. This is the inside edge and all the rest of the stitching will radiate out from there to the cut edge. I used black and also grey thread to mimic the original tweed look of the fabric. After 8 rows of stitching

this is what it looked like:    

No one will know what happened and the jacket which was an essential part of a matching dress/jacket combo is salvaged. The other princess seam on the left side got a strip of fusible tricot and seam stitching just in case before the client retrieved her garment and shouted “Allelulia, it is risen”…well something close to that as she wrote out the check.

Happy Easter everyone!

Next time, more brides and a dress from Switzerland…

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11 Responses to Ripped Reach

  1. Meghan says:

    Wow…that is unbelievably impressive! I hope the client appreciates it!

  2. Carolyn Gazerro says:

    Mrs Mole,
    Great job. I would never have thought of that. “Happy Easter”!

    • mrsmole says:

      Oh Carolyn, I’m sure you would have come up with some clever fix….or just embroider over it…ha ha!

  3. Darla in PA says:

    Amazing repair job!

  4. Alma says:

    You do work miracles!
    Happy Easter,

  5. theresa says:

    Hats off to YOU for doing a top rate re-weaving job. As someone who at times weaves loose fabric, it is not easy. The serger is my best friend when it comes to fabric off the loom and once you cut it, use it quick because sometimes it unravels right before your very eyes. I like the idea of the fusible tricot. Looks very useful for handwoven fabric. Sources for it? Brands or types that are better than others? Inquiring minds want to know more!

  6. Karen Rethman-Foll says:

    You are one amazing woman! Hope she appreciates your work.

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you to all for your nice comments! Challenges bring out new ideas and solutions and it sure breaks up the continuous line of pants needing to be hemmed and bra cups attached inside wedding gowns.

  7. It is so impressive to see what you do with these projects. I learn so much with every one…I would have never imagined such tear could ever have been repaired, much less so neatly.

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