How can I repair or disguise tiny holes in wool gabardine?
October 4, 2011 3:16 PM Subscribe
How can I repair or disguise small holes and tears in wool gabardine (skirts)?
posted by skbw to clothing, beauty, & fashion (10 answers total)
I have a couple of wool gabardine skirts, one black (lined), one gray (unlined). (Gabardine is the fabric that many men's suits are made from--this is not a chick-specific question.) Over time (they're about 15 years old) they have accumulated a few tiny holes and nicks each, maybe from moths, but I think just from wear and tear.
Sometimes I deal by (steaming the skirt nicely and) wearing a black slip under the black one.
There is a three-cornered tear (tiny) in the gray one that I have disguised by sticking a piece of packing tape to the wrong side and tamping the torn "flap" down onto it. (They don't make a slip that color of gray!)
Any other similar ideas? I can darn pretty well, but not well enough for it to be a first resort. A couple of the lower holes I could even "repair" by hemming (the scorched-earth option), but at my level of sewing it's a somewhat risky approach, and I'd like them to stay the length they are.
I cannot afford to hire any sort of professional! This is strictly DIY. I'd like to get a few more years of respectable in-public use out of these. Thanks, everyone.