Sunday, 4 May 2014

Please Help Me Help Myself!

We went to Carlisle yesterday, would you believe there was a Pirelli car rally! There were loads of old rally cars, right in the city centre ready to start the race! It was brilliant. 

Anyway, there was also a vintage fair, we didn't know until we arrived but there it was, at the Sands Centre which was where we parked. After we'd tramped around the shops, had a rest in the garden of Tullie house and a walk around Bitts Park we went to the fair. 

This is where help is needed. I bought a dress, got it home, washed it and when I hung it up to dry noticed a tear in the seam. It's where someone had cut out the care label. I should be able to mend it but how? The fabric is cotton/polycotton but very lightweight and the fabric is slightly frayed, I don't want to do too much trial and error with it for fear of making it worse.

The internet has offered me three solutions - 

1. running stitch to gather the fabric up as carefully as possible then over stitch

2. use fusible webbing

3. both 

I'm tempted to go for both as I guess the webbing would stop any further fraying so I could then sew it. I know it's hard with no photo but what would you do?


  1. A photo would help. Frayed material is very difficult to sew back together. Is it a tear in the fabric? Is the tear where the sewing in the seam should be? Is there some fabric missing? With number 1 it's bound to fray again. I would agree with both.
    Love from Mum

    1. Thanks Mum, I'll see if I can get a good picture.


    2. the tear was a tear is the seam where the sewing should be but it has frayed since then. I couldn't get a decent picture as it's pitch black here so I just went for it. Outcome - good not great! Thanks Mum, your input was very welcome.

  2. I wish I could help, but sadly I don't have a clue... I hope someone else leaves a more helpful comment for you! :)

  3. Both sounds like the safest way to go. The problem with lightweight material is finding something substantial to sew into. Is there any way of taking the garment in a little at the seam to get rid of the damaged bit? I'm guessing not, but I thought I'd just ask.

    1. I did think about that but it is a perfect fit. Now I look at it again, the repair isn't too bad, you're right, finding something to sew into was key. Thanks for your help.