Saturday, May 6, 2017

visible mending

in which our plucky heroine improves the situation...

Months ago, one of my favorite summer dresses caught on something and tore. Not just a small hole, or part of the seam coming unstitched, but a big right angle tear in the lower side back. Since the dress was otherwise in good shape, mending it seemed like a good idea, but thanks to my enthusiasm for decluttering fabric scraps, there were no pieces left of the fabric I'd used for the body of the dress.
Instead, I found a piece of Japanese woven plaid, a bit darker than the textured grey rayon, but the scale of the patterns was pleasingly close. I carefully stitched the patch in place from the right side, and then even more carefully stitched the edges of the tear on the back, in both cases treating them like needleturn applique, so that there would be no raw edges to fray. Still, the patch just looked, well, patchy. So, making a virtue of necessity, an embroidered larger version of the tiny cherry blossoms on the edge binding would make the patch look purposeful rather than poorhouse.

the back clearly shows the stitched down tear

May SMART goals (x=extra)
1 grey jersey pants loom weights-
2 brown trim bands sakura embroidery-
3 brown jersey pants x x
4 x x x
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x


  1. You have great patience to go along with your skills. That tightly embroidered flower is delightful. Also nice to have a loved garment back in rotation.