Hey Everyone… I had to take a shorts break and fix pants for my neighbor. Let’s be honest… I hate fixing things… But my neighbor has a super cute puppy (So I said “yes, I’ll fix the tear in your pants” Btw… If you’re new to sewing and things just seem to “happen” while you’re sewing…and you don’t know how to fix them, I have a new class on Craftsy called “Sewing Mistakes: What can go Wrong and how to Make it Right. If it sounds interesting, I think Craftsy is having a big sale over the holiday weekend! (I’m not new to sewing, and I experience mishaps all the time That’s where I got the idea for the class!
So let’s talk about fixing tears in garments. If you’re lucky and the tear is near a seam, you can sew in deeper to hid it in the seam allowance. But, if it’s straight down the middle of your butt… not so lucky (and your options are limited)
I decided to use black interfacing to support the torn fabric, add some Fray Check to protect raw edges, then finish it up with a triple zig-zag. In this case stitching did not make the tear more noticeable… but in some cases, I may opt not to stitch. (Of course if the tear is in a stress area, stitching it closed will prevent if from popping back open.) The trick is to pick a thread color that disappears into the fabric. Luckily, these pants were gray…with a lot of variety in the weave of the fabric, so I was able to pick a thread color that blended pretty nicely. So, check it out and let me know what you think! Plus, if you have a tear that you fixed (successfully or not), send it to me and I’ll share it with everyone! I think we all need fix it inspiration