I seem to spill on my clothes a lot. I try to put spot remover on the spots but sometimes they just don’t come out. This technique would also work if you had a hole in a garment.
I had spot on this striped tank. Besides the spot, it was a great shirt good fit great colors.
Here’s the spot:
It’s right in the middle front. I thought about an applique. I’m not really an applique girl. I used to do it to mend my kid’s clothes but I am an adult. I rarely even wear t-shirts with logos. The only logos I wear is ironic logos ie A&W shirt or shirts that are so obscure that no one knows really what to make of them.
Anyway, the first step was to cut the spot out. I cut a strip all the way through the shirt all the way around. This was easy because it was striped. I could just follow the stripe around the garment.
Then, I got a second shirt out. It was also spotted in several places but overall, except for its color, it didn’t have much going for it. I put it on and then layered the tank over the top. Then, front of a mirror (or if you have an artist husband, in front of him), I moved the bottom part of the tank up and down until I had a pleasing amount of space between the two. I measured the space. Then I cut a strip from the second shirt to that width. I sewed that strip in place of the strip I had cut out. Then I had this:
Now when I do it next time, I will make the strip slightly smaller than the top I am inserting into. My strip does bubble a little bit. But overall I love it. It has an empire effect which is always great on me. I just had validation of this from Tim Gunn’s new book: Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style) . He recommends the empire waist for people with a belly. This silhouette is in style now too. However, many empire styles can make me look a little pregnant. Because this top has no gathers, just a visual line at my skinniest spot it does slim me by drawing the viewer’s eye to it without adding bulk to my belly.