Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Stitch in Time.

 Hello my lovelies! Today's post is documenting something I've not really done before. No, I don't mean mending, I've done plenty of that. I'm talking about mending with soluble fabric. The pretty little skirt pictured above belongs to child #2 and this is a very special skirt because this is the first skirt child #2 has worn in about 15 years! Yay, mark it on the calender! She's very much a skinny jeans girl normally. 
 So she was a little upset on first wearing of the skirt to find said skirt caught up on someone else handbag and little tug of war going on. The end result being a large hole in the beautiful lace. 
"Would you like me to see if I can mend that for you?" I said, having absolutely no idea how I was going to do it. 
"OO! Yes please." came her reply.
 Kerching! A little idea popped into my head! Quite a rarity these days so I grabbed it quick. Soluble fabric! The idea was to place the soluble fabric under the lace and try to fill in the broken strands that made up the spiderweb pattern. 
 It was a bit fiddly to hold it all in place without stretching the lace out of shape. And there was quite a lot of backwardsing and forwardsing over the same area but...

 I managed to fill in the area that was missing.
 A quick rinse under the tap to dissolve the soluble fabric, breath held in case it all unravelled.

 And there it is. The bit I mended is just above my fingers! 
Mum wins the day again!


Laura said...

Supermum to the rescue!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Genius! It would have been a shame to lose that adorable skirt (altho it would have made a great pillow cover!)

My daughter found a brand new dress in a trash can in her dorm - sort of a water color-ish print on beige chiffon background - tags still on but it looked as if someone had put a high heel through it. I bought a few pennies worth of solid chiffon of the same beige shade and applied it to the back with spray adhesive! It worked!

l.wilks11 said...

What a great repair. Sadly my sewing machine doesn't have those sort of gadgets on it.......xx

Jules said...

Brilliant! What a great brainwave! Mind if I steal it? x

KC'sCourt! said...

What a wonderful idea
Julie xxxxxxx

Winwick Mum said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as soluble fabric! How do we cope without Mums to fix things? :-) xx

French Nanny said...

Amazing - you must be Mum of the Year now!


bengelapen said...

Wow great !!
But how on earth did you do that with the sewing machine?

liniecat said...

What a really clever idea!
My nan used to say -
A man on a galloping horse will never notice!
and frankly here ~
none of us would either!!

vix said...

Well done!
Was she pleased?

... Bimbi said...

Just think of the brownie points!!!!
Def a brain wave!!

Bimbi x

Fiddly Fingers said...

Headline "MUM SAVES THE DAY" :) Perfect job - well done you :)

Anonymous said...

How very clever of you! You can't see a thing.

susan branch said...

OMG, your daughter has a genius for a mother!

Susan Smith said...

Well done you, I can't even spot the mend. Just doing a catchup after being away, that's why this is late. Take care.

Jenn M said...

Oh wow! I never would have thought of that EVER. I seem to recall I have a few doilies of my Grammie's that could use a fix, so thank you very much for the idea.
Also, I meant to tell you on your last post, your wall hanging is just stunning. I mean it, jaw dropping beautiful!

The Red Brick Farmhouse said...

Good afternoon~

WOW! What an amazing job you did. You can't even tell where the tear was! :D


silverpebble said...

Oh this is genius. It must have felt thrilling to have mended it with such success. It looks perfect to me.