I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place here, but I have a delicate silk skirt with a strip of gold pattern across it (like a sari), and it has torn . I've taken it to the local tailors who said they couldn't do anything. They suggested either shortening the skirt and losing the gold strip (which I don't want to do) or sewing a large patch on behind it but said you would see the stitching and it would affect the way the fabric would fall.
I was wondering if it would be better to sew small silk patches on from behind each part of the tear. Or if there might be another cunning way of fixing it. Is there anyone out there who is clever with needle and thread and can advise me?
Thanks everybody! I have ironed on a patch from the back and the tear is now completely invisible. I'm a bit worried that, because the patch is so much thicker than the fabric, it alters the way it hangs, but maybe it will soften? Also I have failed to get it to attach properly and one end wants to peel up. So I'm not sure if this will be a success... If not I will try your dressmaker idea, MmeLindt.
At college we were taught to use a pressing cloth when using intefacing (likewise wundaweb). Press directly down onto the patch and dont move the iron about. Dont use steam as this dilutes the glue. HTH.