Repairing a Burned Hole on a Dress?

April 18, 2022

A ripped hole in a piece of fabric.Can you plz help me. I was ironing my clothes and it got torn. I tried fixing it but then I saw another hole like this. Please help me and guide me how to fix this. Should I buy another fabric for my back and let the tailor stitch the whole dress again.



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I do not think we have enough information to properly advise you on how/what to do next.
It's evident that you're very upset about this problem so it might be best to read the answers but give the problem a lot of thought before doing 'anything' to the dress.
What style of dress is this? Party?
Material? (Material looks thin in the picture.)

How valuable is the dress? Expensive or maybe personal?
This question needs to be answered before deciding how to proceed as it will probably be a high cost for a professional to make the necessary repairs.
I do not see this dress as just 'any old dress' so I feel sure you want the repairs to be unseen/undetectable.
If you are not a very good seamstress and try DIY repairs it will probably not look very good.


I see your first step would be to locate several professional seamstresses in your area (Google with your zip code) and make appointments to have each one see the dress and provide estimates of the cost of complete repair.
Always be sure when getting an estimate to ask for a top percentage they are authorized to go over the quote on the estimate. This is usually 10% before they have to call you to make any changes. Also, how long the estimate is guaranteed.

I would suggest getting at least three estimates and be sure to ask to see some of their work (finished or in progress).
Occasionally, a high-end dry cleaners will have a professional seamstress.

If you do not feel the dress is worth this type of repair then I can only suggest you replace all of the material where this damage is done.

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December 16, 2015

I ironed my dress on maximum heat. The iron stuck on the dress when I ironed it. Now, there is a tear/hole on the dress. The edges around are hardened as I think the material melted.

The dress is made of polyester-cotton. Can I fix it myself? If yes, how can I fix it? Also, if I would to go to a tailor, will it be able to be fixed too?

Repairing a Burned Hole on a Dress
Repairing a Burned Hole on a Dress


December 17, 20151 found this helpful

Sorry to say, Lyne, there's no easy repair option. Your dress looks lovely by the way, and you may be able to fix it, but it'll mean undoing the waist and neckline seams before cutting out the damaged portion and re-sewing the front of the garment. How snugly does it fit? If you cut out that problem area and re-sew the seams, will it still fit you? Don't forget to calcuate "ease" (room to breathe and move) when you measure it all.


The only other thing I can think of is patching it, and that might be an easier option. Take the dress to your local fabric store and find lace trim to match? You won't need much, just the length from your neckline to the waist seam with another inch or so for seam allowance. You might also want to consult some of the ladies who work with fabrics; they often have excellent advice and suggestions. Good luck!

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December 18, 20150 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your help!! I really appreciate it(:
However, by the ladies who work with fabrics, do you mean tailors/seamstress or?

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December 18, 20150 found this helpful

That is so sad, I'm sorry that happened to you. I would probably take it to a tailor to get expert advice.


I think that lace is a good idea. Best of luck and let us know what the outcome is.

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