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The Get Redressed Challenge 2014 - Repair Summary

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So I have finished the Get Redressed Challenge for repairs. Here are some mini tutorials to help you get started on some repairs at home. Some are very straight forward while others will require a bit more time. All in all, these repairs can be done in less than half a day!




Don't be afraid of mending holes, no  matter how big or small they may be.  If the hole is in jersey material (see my nautical top), just use sewing thread and sew the loops together. Pull gently!



A hole in a sock? No problem! This time use embroidery thread - you can use a colour different from the sock to achieve a funky sock look - and weave the hole. Use a darning egg to make sure you don't pull the hole together. The objective is to create a weaved patch on the hole.  I didn't have a darning egg, so I used a vanilla essence bottle instead. You could try using a pill bottle! I followed the Youtube video pasted below - it is very detailed and it helped me get my sock fixed!








Last hole! This one was on my jeans. I decided not to use the method I used for my jersey knit top. A patch method was used instead.  



It's pretty common for the hem of your skirt or trousers to come undone. All you need is a herringbone stitch to fix the problem. I know some people have used fabric glue, and that works too! Serial Deviant gives a good tutorial on how to do a mean herringbone stitch.




Another common problem is when the elastic in trousers go awry. That's what happened to my son's pajamas. Always choose good quality elastic.  Unpick the seam, take out the old elastic. Measure waist and take away 2 inches from that number. Measure out new elastic and insert into the trousers. Sew up seam.




Another easy fix! I found this great video :-)






Happy mending everyone!
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  1. Great job on all that mending! Love the sock one as I've never seen that method before :p

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    1. Yes, that sock tutorial was great. I loved the video even though it was very long - they went through each step and it helped me a lot!

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  2. Do you know one thing, Agy? I hate mending! Never change a zipper, darn or patch a hole, rarely redo a hem... sometimes (but not often) I sew a button... everything goes to the refashion pile... But please don't judge me for this! I appreciate your tutes, you never know, maybe I'll try mending something... I've said maybe :D
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.cpom

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    1. Irene, the one thing I hate to mend is a zipper!!! Keep them away from me. I tried to mend it once but ended up just using velcro to replace it - horrible, right? :-p

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