Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Help! How to Fix A Broken Vintage Dress

Broken Vintage Dress
Help! Help! Help!
I knew this dress is broken but I love it so much, I bought it anyway...

Broken Vintage Dress
There's a rip on the bodice...

Broken Vintage Dress
Sobs...

Broken Vintage Dress
And the front bows are ripped as well...

Help! Any ideas on how I can fab it up? Is there anyway I can keep the pretty sleeves?

6 comments:

Angelica said...

Perhaps you can take fabric from the hem to find a piece that matches and patch it as well as fix the bow. I'm sure a tailor would know how to do that. A pin or scarf could cover the patch.

Hope this helps!

eek said...

what a fantastic pattern on that dress. Unfortunately I don't have a clue about sewing so can't help you to salvage it!

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Wandering Chopsticks said...

Cut off the long tie and sew the collar together so it looks like a regular V-neck.

Then take the extra fabric of the strap and make a little bow or flower and sew that over the hole. You can embellish the flower or whatever you want to make it big enough to cover it.

For instance, cut a big enough circle of fabric to cover that hole, then make the flower big enough to sew over that so that you're not sewing across the hole, but over a patch. That way the dress won't rip even further.

Is there anything wrong with the sleeves? I don't see why you can't keep them?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks for the comments, my ladies.

my sister gave the same suggestion as wandering chopsticks, i think i'll get it done tonight so i can wear this dress soon.

there's nothing wrong with the sleeves but i guess i just wanted to say that i don't want to turn this into a strapless or something... :D

Thanks again, everyone!

Chris said...

I cannot sew to save my life, so here is my idea! Un-do the pleats on the bodice, on both sides, and sort of re-pleat them to hide the hole. Maybe sew the new pleats down so they are permanent. Seems like a lot of work. I kinda like hiding it with a patch or a brroch!