Make do and mend

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

mending a torn hemmending a torn hemmending a torn hem

Something a little different to share with you today.

I'm not known for my crafting skills; in fact I'm usually abominable at knowing how to fix even the smallest of issues. Losing a button or a seam coming undone can spell the end for some items. A zip breaking was enough for me to wave goodbye to a dress I loved last year and every time I remember it I regret letting it go.

When my most favourite skirt suffered a significant rip to the lace of it's underskirt I felt rather gloomy that it was ruined and for a while it hung sadly in my wardrobe looking sorry for itself. Not being able to bear parting with it I made the decision to mend it myself and made a mental note to find a nice replacement lace trim for the hem. I'm continually impressed by Char – making so many beautiful dresses, very inspirational!

mending a torn hemmending a torn hem

Although the original lace was so delicate and pretty that it would have been ideal to find more of the same, it was apparent that it's delicate nature only aided its premature demise. After a bit of deliberation while crouching over a small basket of a dozen or so styles of lace at the craft and fabric shop I chose this far sturdier style of trim. There were a couple of points I perhaps underestimated; one being how much I would need.... I bought two meters thinking that would be plenty but it turned out to be only just enough and secondly this lace is more of a brilliant white instead of a smoky cream and it isn't quite as nice.

Realising I don't have an unpicking tool at home was a slight annoyance but I got by all right just using scissors, spending ages making sure I wasn't shredding the lining. Using the sewing machine was a must – my hand stitching is slow and dreadfully untidy so I spent a while going at snail's pace to machine stitch the new hem onto the lining.

mending a torn hem

I'm so glad to have my skirt back and have an outfit post to share with you very soon to show you the finished piece, keep an eye out for it!


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  1. Aw, yay. Thank you for mentioning me. The downside to people knowing you sew is that when friends pop round for coffee, they bring you all their mending. I don't mind that much, though. The new trim looks great. I love adding trims or changing buttons to completely change a garment with very little effort.

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  3. Oh this is so clever! I'm terrible for throwing things out and draining my bank by buying new things. I'll need to take a leaf out of your book and save some pennies in the future.

    Jess X

  4. Well done, look forward to the reveal.

  5. Well done! I know the feeling- I am hopeless at sewing! You could have aged the lace I think you can actually tea-stain it- so if you ever need to replace it...??x

  6. I love this, I wish I was more crafty, it would make my life so much easier!

    Maria xxx

  7. Looking forward to seeing the finished product x

  8. Ooh that lace looks lovely, I'm excited to see it in action! :)

  9. Well done! Your skirt lives!!


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