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Most sympathetic way to mend a 1970s dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Impey, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Hi All

    I picked up a 1970s (probably) dress online which - despite being told it has no tears etc - when it arrived has a visible fray/pull/hole by the armpit on the front side. I don’t want to just throw it away (not least because I love the pattern), but I have no idea whether it’s possible to mend it or how to do it that will make it least noticeable. Options I have thought of include a random dart (which I’d need to replicate on the other side), moving the sleeve in (which would be a big job and ditto) or some kind of internal patch? I’ve included photos but any advice would be super appreciated!

    with thanks


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  2. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    Does photo 3 show the fray or your proposed dart? Can you provide a good photo of the fray and where it is in relation to the seam.
  3. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Hi Claire

    thanks for your reply. Photo 3 is the fray (I’ve not tried anything yet) and hopefully a better
    photo below. Just about every seam on the dress needs reseeding, which is a bit annoying but doable. It’s just the fray I’m really stumped by.

    help much appreciated!

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  4. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Or even resewing!
  5. mags_rags

    mags_rags Trade Member

    I see your dilemma. It looks like the fabric is a nylon jersey, and you have a run in your nylon!
  6. mags_rags

    mags_rags Trade Member

    My first impulse would be one you mentioned - a narrow dart to enclose it with a matching one under the other arm. The problem is that you will end up with a pucker on the other side of the armhole seam.
  7. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thanks Maggie - I think the reality is that any mend will be imperfect, but it’s better than the ‘run’! And you are entirely right - that is exactly what it looks like - a run in a pair of tights!

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