Its not only the dolphins and the rain forest that need’s savin’! Our beloved saloon series pieces will probably also need a little helping hand in order to last past the midsummer festivities all the way through the crayfish celebration come August:)
If you have inspected any of the saloon series styles, you probably have noticed the fabric defect and how that impacts the strength of the seams (if not, read about it here (they all have this problem, however, the #320 seem to need more reinforcement over the shoulders for example)
So, to quote sweet blogger Ninna -‘let the Operation Save the Saloon Dress commence’!:)
Ninna turned the dress over to her nifty mom, who, cleverly managed to fix her dress and gave us instructions on how to do it ourselves or pass this info on to our seamstress/tailor.
Ninna’s mom fixed her dress by taking strips of simple white cotton ribbon (any strips of sturdy cotton will do) and sewed them on over the parts of the seams that intersect with the frayed sections. If the seam already have started to pull apart, then use the zigzag setting to secure and strengthen a wider area of fabric over the ribbon.
In areas that will receive the most stress from wear, better to use the ribbon/fabric for sturdiness. In other areas, you can simply fold over the excess fabric from behind the seam on the inside of the dress and sew it down.
(click images for larger versions)
For our swedish customers, Ninna writes:
Banden syddes fast med två raksömmar, där tyget spruckit använde min mamma zicksack och det syntes inte alls. På vissa ställen där sömmarna skulle förstärkas behövdes inte bomullsbanden utan hon kunde använda den redan befintliga dubbelvikta kanten på klänningens insida och förstärka den genom att sy en raksöm på en.
(You can also read more at Ninna’s blog here)
(Thank you so much Ninna for letting us use your pictures and instructions!)