This week has found me doing numerous clothing repairs. These were really just to change the comfort and ease of existing garments. If you find any of these problems with your clothes, use my easy repairs to fix them.
Loose Waistline Repair: Insert elastic.
My daughter chose this skirt because she liked the length of the larger size. She wore this with a wide stretchy belt, gathering the skirt underneath. I thought it would be easier to wear with elastic. To repair, first check to see that the waistband is one continuous piece. There should be no seams in the band.
Next, cut the inside layer of the waistband on both sides of the zipper. Find elastic that is the widest that will still fit into the band. I chose 1″ wide elastic. Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and feed through the waistband as a casing.
Once you come through the other side, try on skirt and adjust the length of elastic.
Zigzag stitch over each slit through all layers. Trim elastic close to stitching.
Snaps No Longer Snap Repair: Hammer snap.
My son was complaining that the snap no longer stayed closed on his shorts pocket. Over time the snaps can get loose. Find a hard surface like a workbench or sidewalk. Repair by gently hammering the male side of the snap to flatten slightly. Try snapping the snap between taps to see it getting tighter. Stop when the hold is to your liking. If you flatten too much, use a pair of pliers to elongate again.
Buttons Keep Coming Undone Repair: Sew buttonhole.
My daughter stopped wearing this polo shirt because the buttons would pop open when she put her backpack over her shoulder. The problem is that the buttonholes are too big for the buttons. From the inside of the garment, simply hand sew the buttonhole opening closed a little bit at one end of the buttonhole. Make a few stitches, try buttoning the button and see if it unbuttons if stretched. If so, continuing stitching. As long as the button can fit through the hole, it will work. I hope these repairs will keep you wearing clothes that were a bother to wear before.
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