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Topic: How to repair or disguise moth damage on wool coat?  (Read 18796 times)
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Miss American Pie
« on: November 13, 2011 11:19:10 PM »

I got this vintage camel-colored wool coat from a garage sale for $10. I've altered it and brushed out the wool, so it's already looking gorgeous, but there are a few spots that look like moth snacks. They aren't holes like when a moth eats your sweater, they're just spots where the soft fuzzy part is gone and there's a little woven part showing through.

Does anyone know a good way to repair or disguise this kind of thing? I have leftover fabric from altering the coat if that might come in handy. Any other tips on reviving a vintage coat? Thanks!

« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011 04:49:37 PM »

Do you have photos or could you say more about where the spots are? I don't know a way to repair the spots but since you have extra fabric, you could add more detail elements to disguise them (for example, if the spots are right at the waist, you could add a belt). You could also do appliques or embroidery (again, depending on where the spots are - some embroidery could look great if they're on the collar or hem for instance).
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011 09:05:14 PM »

Put on the coat and have a friend look at you from conversational distance. Ask if they see any thin spots. If they can't, I wouldn't worry about it. I don't think my co-workers have noticed I'm missing a button off my navy wool trench Tongue

If it is noticeable, I'd go with the cover-to-disguise route. The locations of the worst thin spots would determine your angle of attack, but a wide ribbon 2 or 3 inches from the hem and along the front closure could be cute. You could use the scraps from your alterations for an applique method like Alabama Chanin's to cover the worst spots.

Good find, btw!

« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011 08:47:44 AM »

I used a method similar to what car upholstery repairers do.
Take a razor blade and shave off fuzz from the scraps, then use Aleene's Super Fabric Textile Adhesive Glue on the thin spot, let it set for a min and apply the fuzz you shaved with a toothpick. I would practice on the scraps til your application technique is good. I recommend Aleene's cause it stays flexible.
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011 03:31:59 AM »

Frankeknitter, I've never heard of that! Very awesome tip for Craftster's giant reference book that they should publish...

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