Monday, January 26, 2015

Repair a Stressed Seam in Denim Shirt

Unfortunately, I do not have the before picture of this shirt.  In the vertical seam, there is stress in the fabric and it is starting to rip out.  It was a favorite shirt of my daughter's, so we wanted to preserve the fabric so that it wouldn't rip more.  I knew I needed to make a patch and reinforce the weak fabric, but I did not want an unsightly patch on the top side.  Since the shirt has lots of topstitching, and a western cut to it, I decided to add a topstitching design that would hold the patch in place.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Repair a Pulled-Out Seam in Lined Houndstooth Coat

My daughter bought this darling coat at a thrift shop and noticed that it had a pulled-out seam in the back princess seamline.  This happened because the houndstooth fabric is a very loose weave, and the person wearing it stressed the seam to the point that the fabric ends pulled out.  It can be repaired, as noted in the picture on the right.  Here is how to do it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Polka Dot Swimsuit

How to Change a Swimsuit to a Tankini Top

How to Replace a Jacket Zipper

So, what happens when the zipper breaks on your favorite jacket?  No worries, you can fix that!

I like to purchase my zippers at  They have a wide variety of zippers, they are quick, and the shipping costs are very low.  Every month they have discounted products and they will send you a monthly catalog if you sign up.

Measure the length of the broken zipper and see if it is a 2-way zipper.  Then purchase a new zipper the length and color you want.  Wawak sells metal teeth, nylon or polyester coil, and plastic teeth zippers.