At some point it will happen to you. You end up melting a piece of fabric when you don’t have enough extra to replace it and you’re about 70% through your garment. Today it happened to me:
That would be the faux leather on the collar of my mostly finished motorcycle jacket. It turns out that faux leather isn’t so bad to work with until your iron slips and turns into melted faux leather. I had my press cloth over the interior of the collar as I was getting ready to press it and the iron grabbed the unprotected outside. Forget that it happened, the question now is what to do about it. I didn’t have enough faux leather left over after my welt pockets to cut another collar, so my options are thus:
1. Sew the collar in the jacket body fabric. Not to sway any opinions, but it’s a motorcycle jacket, right? There’s brass zippers and faux leather welt pockets–it kind of needs the leather on the collar to keep that edge going.
This is a fast and easy solution for sure, but be honest, how bad does it look? I kind of think it’s okay, but that could be the desperate part of me that just wants to finish this jacket, and we all know how clear our thinking is in those moments.
3. Get replacement fabric: This will involve packing up the kids and trekking to Denver Fabrics or giving up weekend time with my family to go down there just with Sam. They probably still have this, and if not, I’m sure they have something that will coordinate with it.
4. Put in the faux fur collar: This is not so much of an option for me. The plan for this jacket was to make it with the faux leather collar and make a faux fur detachable collar with this pretty winter fox I have in keeping with the Wardrobe Sew Along. It’s 70 degrees right now though, so if I put in a fur collar, I probably will only get to wear this jacket once or twice before fall. Keeping the collar detachable gives me some options on the remaining cold days left this winter.
One thing I know for sure is that I am not touching this jacket with a ten foot pole today. I’m going to trace off this dress (Burdastyle 6-2010-109)and be thankful that knit dresses don’t cause you so much grief.
So what option would you choose in my shoes, dear reader:
ETA: As neat and statistical polls are, I’d really like to hear people’s opinions on the collar too. Have you had your own fabric meltdowns at inopportune moments?