Help mending silk jersey fabric

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Dusty Butterfly, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. Dusty Butterfly

    Dusty Butterfly Trade Member

    I have a 70s silk jersey dress that has a few tiny holes. I thought of using Bondex but it's so stiff for this fabric not to mention I'm not crazy about the idea of using a hot iron on it. So I may end up hand sewing the holes closed but the repairs will be noticeable. Wondering if there's a better way...?

  2. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    Thank you for NOT using iron-on tape! Han mending the slits would probably be best. A mix of sewing and darning (if you are skilled in fine darning) would also work.
  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Frankly, repairing jersey is something that needs to be done by an expert. Talk to your dry cleaner and see if they have someone who can invisibly mend the holes, but it will be expensive and may not be worth it, in which case, sew it yourself as best you can...
  4. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    If it were mine I would darn the holes with a matching thread - darning is different from sewing them closed. It will not be invisible, but it may not be too obvious, depending on your skill with a needle. The slight varigation in the colour pattern on the fabric is in your favour.
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  5. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl Administrator

    I am with Jonathon here- see if you can get it invisibly mended but it is super expensive usually.
    Where on the garment are the holes? it is hard to tell from your pic, but looks like front shoulder maybe? if they are at the shoulder you could sew on a false front yoke section in a matching colored fabric at each side to conceal the damage.
    If not- Is there any fabric in the hem you can steal from? if so, I would place tiny sections of fabric under the holes and do your best to darn the holes over the fabric and the edge of the holes so it has some strength.
    Good luck with the repair!

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