Disaster Strikes!

Disaster struck last night while I was working on my floral skirt! While happily ironing the hem and watching Sex and the City, I left the iron face-down for too long and the fabric shredded in my hands.

Look – it’s so upsetting! I melted a 6-8 inch section of my hem, and it pulled apart along the hem line.

What to do? I thought about shortening the skirt but that would ruin the look of it especially since it’s so full. I also considered adding a hem band but didn’t like the look of it.

I put it aside and watched the rest of the episode. After Aiden proposed to Carrie, I decided I couldn’t put it off forever.

I decided the best way to solve the shredded-hem disaster was to fuse it back together with interfacing. By cutting strips slightly larger than the hem, I covered the fold line and essentially glued my skirt hem back together.

Then, I re-folded the hem, taking it up just a little higher than before. To be honest, the fused section ended up slightly stiffer than I would have liked. Most importantly though, I was able to save the skirt from the trash bin, or from ending up indecently short.

And it’s finished! All I need is to add the hook and bar to the waistband.

I’ll try and post some pictures of me wearing the finished skirt. From what I’ve seen on other blogs, the best pictures are the ones with people wearing their creations. Much more exciting than flat on my dining table…

What would you have done to solve the melted/shredded hem dilemma? I’d love to hear any suggestions, or your own experiences with sewing disasters in the comments below!

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5 Responses to Disaster Strikes!

  1. ~buzzybee~ March 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I think your fusing is a good option, but it might not last forever.
    I remember doing a ‘false hem’ a couple of times when garments end up a bit short – you stitch a separate strip of fabric along your hem at 1/4″, press the seam open, fold hem up so seam sits to inside, and stitch hem up as normal. This way you still get a nice wide hem, but only use 1/2″ of your original skirt length up.
    Might be worth a try!

  2. Tasia March 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Thanks for your feedback! I did consider that the fusing might not last forever but it seemed like the best idea at the time. Your solution sounds much stronger, and probably will look better as well. There’s at least 1/2″ to work with before it becomes too short – maybe before I wear it out (literally!) I’ll fix the hem.
    Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the tip!

  3. Lisa April 26, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    I laughed out loud reading your story because I’ve screwed up a few item by watching Sex and the City while sewing! It’s a dangerous thing! It is such a pretty skirt though and it would be a shame to lose.

  4. Anne January 3, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Always use a press cloth – it not only prevents this kind of disaster, but it prevents the shine resulting from directly pressing many fabrics. A length of good quality high-thread-count cotton makes a great press cloth – you can cut up a sheet, just make sure it isn’t worn. Launder the cloth, (no fabric softener!) rinse it twice, dry it (no dryer sheets!) and voila.

  5. Tasia January 4, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks Anne – great tip!