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Hole-y trinity: 3 DIY clothing tips to repair a damaged dress

Split seams, fabric tears and undone hems – these are three of the most common problem areas of the common party dress. But rather than throw your damaged dress away, discover the freedom of saving it from doom and fix your dress yourself. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Repair a dress – simple no-sew DIY clothing tips

What you need:

  • A damaged dress
  • Iron-on hemming tape
  • Scraps of leather or fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Adhesive tape
  • Decorative ribbons

What to do:

1. Dress hems are only delicately stitched, so the seam doesn’t show on the outside. It looks pretty, but it’s also a lot less durable than the hem of a pair of trousers, for example. Even if you can sew yourself, you’ll find that an undone hem is difficult to neatly fix. Save yourself the trouble by hemming your dress with iron-on tape.

Step 1: A woman hemming a dress with iron-on tape.

2. Another common issue: ripped seams, especially on tight-fitting skirts and dresses. One big step or hurried move and your skirt will split at the seam. If this has happened more than once, consider reinforcing the hem with a small triangle of leather or fabric (use scraps leftover from other DIY projects). Stick it on with fabric glue.

Step 2: A woman fixing a seam with a small triangle of leather and glue

3. Whether it’s a stubborn stain, a snagged thread or a flaw in the weave, a tiny bit of damage can ruin your favourite party dress. Fix your dress by using double-sided adhesive tape to cover up any unsightly imperfections. We created a fun pattern with simple decorative ribbons to conceal a snagged thread for one night only. For more permanent results, use iron-on tape or sew the ribbons on with a sewing machine.

Step 3: A close-up of a woman placing ribbons to conceal a snagged thread