Fashion Fix || Holes, Rips & Tears Edition
I will start this blog by confidently assuming most people have at least one item of clothing in their wardrobe that is host to a hole, rip or tear. As a clumsy and spatially unaware individual, I have plenty. So this is the perfect quick fashion fix to amend those imperfections and extend the lifetime of your favourite pieces.
The two items I have selected for the purpose of this blog have different scale faults. Both garments are jersey, though the methods I am about to show apply to woven too. The white t-shirt is simply years old with signs of wear - but that is no reason to throw it out as you will see, and the patterned jogging bottoms were torn on holiday climbing into a fountain slightly inebriated and catching my knee on the concrete... the less said about that the better.
Small fault, simple fix
For minor defects you will simply need some scissors, an iron and scrap fusing that best matches the colour of the garment i.e. light or dark.
Start by cutting a square of iron on fusing to size so it comfortably covers the defect you are trying to mend. Then on the wrong side of the garment (inside out), press the hole together with your fingers, you can even give this a quick press with the iron to ensure it is as unnoticeable as possible.
Place the fusing over the hole and press in place with a hot iron.
And this is the point I feel lazy in blog writing because... that's it! You can slightly tweak the fix with your fingers and a press if you haven't closed the hole quite enough.Turn your garment the right side out and see the difference.
large tear, little time
A larger tear will take a little more effort and require minimal hand sewing. Again, turn your garment inside out so you are working on the wrong side of the fabric. You will need a hand sewing needle and colour matching thread. An optional extra is some beeswax in which you'll run your thread through to avoid tangles and knotting. Don't forget to run the thread between a finger and a nail to remove excess.
Aftert threading your needle, pick up a couple of fibres pull the thread through, looping around to knot. Repeat. Once double knotted to begin your work maintain catching only a couple of fibres and sew back and forth closing the tear.
Ensure your stitches are relatively close together and once you've closed up the fault, repeat the loop and knot process twice at the top.
Voila! A simple hand sewing mend applicable to a wide range of fabrics.