Four Broken Outfit Fixes... Save Your Pennies Guide
I did it again. I ripped my damn pants, at the inseam, mere inches away from the crotch of my jeans. Does this happen to you? Well, let's go through four embarrassing broken-outfit mishaps and how to fix them before you throw away another piece of clothing.
1. Ripped Denim Inseams(this seems to happen with denim more than any other fabric)
|These rips are desirable...just not when they are inches from your crotch.|
My "Save Your Pennies" Fix:
Iron-On or Self-Adhesive denim patches. Found in most stores, like Wal-mart, Target, grocery stores and online at Amazon here. What I do, is buy the sticky, self-adhesive types that come in rounded rectangle patches about three inches in length. Then I turn my jeans inside out, and hold the sides of the inseam rip together (or as much as possible) and secure the sticky patch onto the rip. It looks like this:
Note:If you are trying to close a gaping hole, you may need: A.) More than one patch; and/or B.) Know that there will be some of the sticky adhesive appearing on the outside of your jeans. Don't worry, as you walk around with your newly fixed jeans, the sticky adhesive will lightly pick up lint from your other pants leg, therefore dulling the stickiness AND making the patch appear to be the same color as the rest of the denim.
This saved one of my favorite pair of jeans. It's been two months, multiple washes and they are still going strong. To be fair, I ripped holes in both pants legs, so it took four patches. Yeehaw.
The Professional Fix: Denim Doctors outlines how a professional can fix a ripped inseam: http://htcdenimdoctors.com/2011/10/29/project-004-repairing-giant-rips-on-inseam/
2. Underwire Bra Fix. Stop it from sticking out.
|Ouch! This freaking hurts. Getting stabbed relentlessly in your underarm sucks and has made me discard an otherwise perfectly good bra. No more.|
My "Save Your Pennies" Fix: Do not pull the underwire out. Fold over the fabric at the site where the underwire is sticking out and push down hard with the palm of your hand so the underwire so it retreats back into its spot under the cup. Once the underwire is pushed back in place, then proceed:
Now, I have two solutions:
- Sew it. Take a needle and thread and do a cross-stitch pattern (make X's) across the inch-wide area where the underwire is enclosed. Actually, do the cross-stitch pattern twice, back and forth. I'm not the greatest seamstress, but this method worked for me and few people will see this repair (and Capricorn will never notice, nor care).
- Tape it. For those of you who hate sewing, I do have a taping method. It does require two kinds of tape:
Fixed an underwire bra by sewing. It's nude one from Lane Bryant (so it's a staple) and I wear it often. Woohoo.
The Professional Fix:Are you kidding me? They are just going to try and talk you into buying a new underwire bra. Fix it yourself.
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