We all have garments we are very fond of. The ochre lightweight woven skirt, I made last year is one of my favorite ones. You can imagine my horror when I discovered two nasty stains on it. By closer examination, I found that the stains were made by a kind of glue. No way I would get rid of them.
So I let this problem linger in the back of my mind. When it was time to change the summer clothes to winter ones, I brought the skirt down to my sewing room. It was in my sight, yet still I did not start the mending process. I was somewhat clueless how I would be able to mend this lightweight fabric.
So I decided to post my problem on instagram (Fig.2). Different suggestions were made. I considered them all and decided to go with the advice to use the stains as part of the pattern I would create.
In my notebook I sketched the pattern I would use. Next I drew it with a frixion pen on the fabric.
Now came the decision if I would iron interfacing on the fabric or not. I decided not to. The only woven interfacing I had at hand, was heavy weight. I feared the nice draping would be tempered.
I had lined the skirt with a high quality lining, maybe I could use the lining as a help with my visible mending. I would give it a try.
First of all, I pinned the fabrics together, making sure the draping was intact. It seemed to work! Choosing the right thread is an important matter! The thread should be lightweight, considering the fabric. I choose buttonhole thread with a weight of 30. Four colors were selected, at the end I used only three of them (Fig. 3).
I hooped the two layers of fabric to make even stitches and avoid puckering (Fig.4).
Figure 5 shows the innerside of the garment
It worked beautifully! The draping is perfect, the pattern works great!
Conclusion of the matter: ‘ Don’t be afraid to tackle visible mending’ It can be done, even on
very delicate fabric!