Maybe some of you remember that orange jacket with the back princess seams ripped apart? Well, thankfully the client was not in a big rush and she let me take my time to think about it/
leave town for 2 weeks to the desert, come up with a solution/ make magic and execute it with photos to share.
Like many things, there are no books to show us how to make weird alterations/repairs to strange fabrics and be able to make those adjustments with a look toward the future with more wear and tear. So, we seamstresses retreat into our back rooms/
pour a diet Dr. Pepper or stronger depending on the time of day, toss the sad distressed garment on a mannequin and do some thinking/ praying that a workable solution will pop into our heads. My fear always is that the “fix” will look like someone’s auntie or granny had her way with the article and did a real homemade job of it. May you never have to deal with this type of repair!!!
Here are a series of photos of my way of tackling a fabric that had no business being made up into a jacket in the first place. First lay the top of the offending panel on lined paper and get the grainlines straight.
Flip and stitch. Stitch a 3/8 inch wide strip of straight grain silk organza into seam. Press seam flat. Then wrap organza to encase seam and stitch down along the new folded edge…like flat-felled seam. Now take that new section and pin it to the old raggedy section and repeat the organza wrap and topstitch flat. This not the easiest thing to do as the organza did not want to co-operate and was so narrow it did not want to be folded and ironed first…whose idea was this technique anyway? Ready to trim away the old piece before wrapping the organza. Ta-Da….reinforced organza wrapped seams from the right side. Seams from the wrong side.
Two and a half hours later I’m done. Fingers crossed these little organza strips will allow/
be my insurance the client to reach forward/drive, hug and lunch with her girlfriends without ripping it again. At least I have one cuff left over in case that happens the next time.
Thank you to all the well wishers for my surgery tomorrow…here’s the cool thing…my doctor is making a video of the procedure since it is done as a camera aided laproscopic surgery. So while not being inclined to put it on YouTube, I will be able to watch it at home although he said I may want to wait a day or two. I assured him I was once an x-ray technologist and would find it very interesting…well that is after I have a pain pill down my gullet and ice packs surrounding my knee. The other cool thing is having Mr. Mole to be my nurse as he is fully qualified in this area after my foot surgery last year…I am blessed!