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Monday, 30 May 2016

How I Repaired - A Tweed Coat Seam


 Flicky, my daughter, is home from St Andrews University for the summer and she's brought a few sewing repair jobs with her.  The first one I tackled is a frayed seam down the centre back of this tweed coat.  Flicky did a quick hand-sewn repair job on it with black thread so she could continue to wear it - it's still cold in St Andrews ;D - and this is how looked when it was passed over to me.


Here's how I tackled the repair.


I trialled several threads against the tweed - from blue through greys to black.  I used a single thread strand for my trial, not the whole reel as a single strand can take on a different colour when it stands alone.  I chose an Aurifil 50/2 #2610 Light Blue Grey which resembled the colour of a repeated fleck in the tweed.


This is how the coat looks now


and the lining too.



I don't think Flicky will be needing the coat while she's home - the weather changed from winter to summer last in New York, I highly doubt anyone will be wearing tweed here now until October at the earliest.  Still Flicky's 'ready to wear' when she goes back to St Andrews in August!



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11 comments:

  1. Incredible! Thank you for the tutorial

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  2. Great job there Chris. xx

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  3. Nice coat - great repair - that's what us Mums are for, right? :)

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  4. Great stuff! I was wondering how you would tackle the frayed tweed. Very educational and you'd never know about the repair, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great repair, you can barely see it. It's such a lovely coat so it's good to think lots more wear can be had from it.
    My daughter made the mistake one year of going back to uni with just a light jacket in September (she was due home again in just a few weeks for something or other) and the weather turned and bless her she was freezing for a month! In the Uk you really do need that coat on hand for at least 9 months of the year!

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  6. Very useful, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

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  7. Good job, very neat way to fix it!

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  8. Nicely done! Great (and useful!) tutorial, thanks! xx

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  9. Great invisible mend. St. Andrews is where I studied (a long time ago) and you did need warm clothing.

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  10. Very impressive mending skills Chrissie

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  11. I've never thought to use this presser foot when darning. I know it's called a darning foot, but I have only associated it with FMQ. Thanks for the tip, Chris. No one would ever know there was once a tear in the jacket.

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