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Need ideas to fix botched cut on fabric
Paddy K
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Date: 12/20/10 4:26 PM

OK, so I've learned my lesson the hard way. I promise to make a muslin the next time. But, I'm hoping I might be able to salvage my garment. The problem started when I incorrectly transferred the waist dart markings onto my fabric. Hence, I've cut a waist dart way too deep. Does anyone have any ideas on how to salvage such a situation. The good news, it's a dart that I don't think will be seen. I'm making La Fred's Cassandra skirt, and I think the darts are hidden by the "wrap" that the skirt makes around the front. Any ideas! Anyone?
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Date: 12/20/10 4:33 PM

could you show us a picture? you could top stitch the dart. You would have to do it on all of them.

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Date: 12/20/10 4:55 PM

You might even be able to over patch it with fabric bits to hide it, or sew fabric to each edge, then meet the triangles in the middle, making it look like it was all intentional. Add topstitching. Turn it into a design element.

Don't ask how I know about doing this, but it had to do with a Calvin Klein coat dress, the last smidge of wool in a wonderful deep navy, and a result that ultimately did fit my waist which is pretty much just a hint that something narrower is there on my body. Needless to say, I ended up with a shallower facing, but I did save the whole garment. You will too. I have great faith in your ability to turn this into a moment of triumph.

then again, the other day I was about to put a zipper into a pair of pants, looked at the directions, had a coronary and panicked. I thought I had not cut the right front and that I needed a back.

I realized an hour later, after searching for fabric and realizing I didn't have enough to even squeak a skirt out. I also realized I had grabbed the wrong direction sheet, and calm was restored without much further ado.

It happens. I laughed good and long at myself, and am enjoying a perfect pair of pants with the zipper in the right place, after all. Now, to find the button flap to insert it into that skirt...

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Date: 12/20/10 7:27 PM

If it won't be seen, sew a thin ribbon over it in the same color and proceed as though it never happened.

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Date: 12/21/10 1:56 AM

Thank you everyone for the ideas. I'm not quite sure which idea I'll be trying, but it's good to get different people's ideas. Thank you! But I have one question. As I'm a beginner, I sometimes have a hard time understanding certain things. If I was to patch it, and then re cut my proper dart, I will end up cutting through the stitches for the patch, and won't this compromise those darts as the patch will lose its integrity? Sorry for the beginner mind.
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Date: 12/21/10 8:59 AM

Paddy,
First this is a "design opportunity", not a mistake. Everyone posting on these boards has had similar "opportunities" and plenty of them!

How well the stitching on the patch will hold depends on the stitch length in the patching. you might want to make your stitches a bit shorter where you expect the stitching lines to be cut or you might put a bit of Fray Check or something similar on the very end of the seam just to be safe. Machine made quilts are made with 1/4 inch seams that aren't knotted or finished at the cut ends and they are fine. Your darts might be strained if the skirt is fairly close fitting.

You might want to patch over the dart after it's finished instead of before. If it's hidden no one will know and if it isn't go for what looks best without compromising the wearability of the skirt. If the fabric is bulky multiple layers will be hard to handle so that might impact your decision.

there's no right way to sort your problem out but there are lots of choices. It will be fine.

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Date: 12/21/10 3:52 PM

Paddy what do you mean when you say you cut the dart? Do the instructions tell you to cut the open, if so where? At the fold, the stitching line or?

I am wondering because I have never cut open a dart at the waist of pants or a skirt. I fold, press, pin and catch the dart at the waist seam.

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Date: 12/27/10 10:50 AM

Hi Michelle,
It's an unusual dart, one that I've never done before, where you cut a "V" from the waist and then sew them together. So I cut my "V" way too deep as I (somehow) misread the cutting line. I didn't realize it until, of course, after I cut the fabric. Hope this explains it. Sorry it took awhile to get back, but we are traveling during the holidays.
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Date: 12/27/10 11:03 AM

Is the fabric a solid or a print?
What type of fabric is it?
How far is the cut from the end of the dart?

I might try some lightweight fusible to hold it together and reinforce it with some topstitching, or cover it with a fine applique.... (like I meant to do that :)

Lafred Cassandra skirt

Is the area of the dart on the bias? If so I would make sure that whatever remedy you use be as narrow as possible so it doesnt' interfere with the drape, and end up pulling in that area.

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Date: 12/27/10 11:26 AM

Larger & wider darts will often have the fabric cut to make them less visible after sewn.

If you patch the fabric, don't cut the dart - simply mark it & sew it. Then after it is all sewn, you can decide if you eliminate some of that extra fabric or not. The dart stitching itself will help reinforce your patch.

Two other possibilities come to mind, neither one particularly likely to work though:
- Will it work with the too deep dart? If it isn't hugely deeper, maybe it will still work for you.
- Can you move the dart? Patch up the fabric, but put the dart elsewhere. This will also change how it fits, though.
- Ok, a 3rd thought: how about changing it from one larger to multiple smaller darts? Again, you would patch the fabric but then sew a couple thinner darts instead of one wide dart. This would avoid the large dart factor, so you wouldn't have to cut out any fabric in the middle of the dart; just sew & press towards the side seam.


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