Ah Cinderella…It seems like your lot in life to have a torn dress. But we can’t blame the step sisters for this one. No. This was the result of years of love and was passed on to my little one.
I thought I might be able to just cut off the top brocade print but no…this rip went all the way through the lining.
So there was only one thing to do. Cut the whole top section out!
I used the trim to guide me as I had already decided it would be the perfect cover up for whatever I replaced the center with.
I cut the center carefully so that I could use the panel as a pattern for my replacement pieces.
I scored in the remnants section at the fabric store with the perfect shade of blue lining fabric and a nice flashy metallic mesh. I paid about $2 total! Woohoo! And I have plenty left over.
I layered the two fabrics and sewed them together. I found it easiest to cut the lining out from my “pattern” first.
Then I trimmed it all down to size for the perfect replacement panel.
Then the somewhat tricky part. I pinned the panel in place and sewed it from the top side so I could be sure to hide my work in the trim.
And tada! A beautiful fix up and a new to us costume! It looks like it always belonged. This is when it is handy to know how to sew.
15 thoughts on “Mending…just part of life”
Beautiful! Having no daughters, I never got to challenge that part of my creativity. I mended soccer goalie gloves, and bicycle padded pants and innumerable duffel bags/gear bags – no brainer stuff. Your "fix" on the dress looks like that's how the dress was made in the first place.
Great job! Could you come to my house and do that to about 3 of my daughters princess dresses??? Please! 🙂
Cinders, you shall go to the ball! Good job it wasn't the glass slipper though, eh? ;o)
Yay!!!! You saved the day!!!
Looks good as new! You are like a fairy-god-mother;)
well done x how long before the "love" wears it out again I wonder? lol xx
Gorgeous!!! Love how it looks prettier the way you did it than it did originally 🙂
Nice work, Fairy Godmother. 🙂
Very nice fix! I love when what someone else may throw away, you know you can make good again!
Very handy! Awesome. There should be more mending posts in blogland. =)
Great job! I can't wait 'til our little princess is big enough for dress up clothes!
Very Cute. I loved making dress up clothes for my little girlies (now 23 & 25). I still get to make Halloween costumes sometimes. Lots of crafty fun!