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November's In Stitches: Polyester Plus Hot Iron Equals Molten GoodnessBy DianeSev on 11/18/11 2:09 PM

by AmyRS

I had just finished hemming my Vogue 8241 dress. I was elated because this was the first sewing project that I’d completed well enough to wear proudly in public. The only thing left to do was to press the hem, and it would be finished and ready for wearing!

I had turned up the heat setting on my iron to press the hem. While happily pressing away, I was momentarily distracted by my fiancé, who wanted me to look at something cute one of our cats was doing. I walked away momentarily, leaving my iron sitting face-down on the corner of the hem. I returned to my iron after a few seconds, lifted it up, and - what do you know – there was a hole in my dress! How original! And melted polyester clinging to my iron!

After a few choice words, I considered re-hemming the dress above the hole. However, about 4 inches would have needed to be hemmed off, and I had just finished hemming it in the first place... the horror!

Instead, I decided to try my hand at patching it. I found a scrap section of the fabric that matched with the dearly departed portion, meticulously lined it up, and Stitch Witchery'd it until the cows came home. It was sort of fun actually, though I think I would have enjoyed myself more if I hadn't burned the dress in the first place.

After: wrong side. See the oval-shaped hole (complete
with singed edges)?

After: right side. See the little line cutting diagonally
from side to side? Plus, the hem is a little warped
due to the Stitch Witchery.

I definitely learned some lessons from this debacle:

  • No matter how cute the cat may be, nothing he is doing is more important than a hot piece of metal sitting on top of flammable materials.
  • Once they cool, melted poly-blends flake quite easily off of the face of an iron.
  • When necessary, questionable construction methods may be employed if the garment is for yourself and no one will notice.

I’ve worn the dress once since the iron incident, and no one noticed the patched portion on the lower back edge of the hem… that is, until I showed it to them and proudly recounted my feat of textile surgery.

The rescued dress. It's wearable!

Which brings me to my last lesson learned – I shouldn’t point out flaws in the garments that I make!

Read AmyRS's review.

Thanks to AmyRS, for letting us use pictures from her blog.

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AmyRS said... (11/25/11 1:06 PM) Reply
Thanks! I'm just glad I ended up with something wearable, which is sort of a novelty to me at this point. And no, I haven't seen that episode of "The Three Stooges," but am now intrigued... : )
MeanSarah said... (11/22/11 2:20 PM) Reply
That dress/fabric look awesome. Keep up the good work.
HarrietHomeowner said... (11/22/11 8:34 AM) Reply
You obviously have never seen that episode of "The Three Stooges."
bananaoil said... (11/21/11 12:28 PM) Reply
Thanks Amy__ that was an excellent story of taking control of your sewing. Sometimes accidents are perfect moments for higher creativity.

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