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Cunning solution for silk shirt please

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NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 07:22:45

My black silk shirt has one button that's too done up and the next one where you'd see my navel.
What solution could anyone suggest to fix it somshere in the middle? Think poppers too heavy as a safety pin too. Any ideas?

PedlarsSpanner Sat 29-Nov-14 07:26:58

Stick on velcro pad?

Joke !

You need a weeny popper, have you a haberdashery locally?

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 07:31:03

Yes. I'm not sure my sewing skills are delicate enough shock

PedlarsSpanner Sat 29-Nov-14 07:32:29

Ooh cripes


NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 08:10:48

Ill take a look though. Thanks. smile

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 08:20:10

Ah now. Someone says on some website use tit tape. I've never used this. Would it work ?

Angelhairscruff Sat 29-Nov-14 08:25:56

Yes! That's a great idea

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 09:26:57

Is it not very big and white? I'm thinking Velcro style

lurkingaround Sat 29-Nov-14 09:32:17

Would you just put a teeny stitch in the right place, like a permanently closed button, and pull the shirt on over your head? Clear as mud eh? But you get what I mean.

Angelhairscruff Sat 29-Nov-14 09:37:02

No you can get small pieces of tit tape, or a roll which you can cut like Sellotape, it's clear rather than white so a small piece would be perfect

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 09:55:14

Ooh both solutions sound easier than a teeny popper

BelindaAllWorkedOut Sat 29-Nov-14 10:38:47

I'd be doing a tiny stitch, like lurking said. I've had to do this more often than I'd like. Gaping shirts are mortifying, when you realise too late.

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 10:44:34

its not gaping per se. its more like too done up or " ooh la la' with the arrangement of buttons.

I will try tit tape first as sewing aint my thing,and if I am coming back ' in drink' I might just rip it

Ujjayi Sat 29-Nov-14 12:05:18

What type of silk is it? If it is good weight crepe de chine you may be okay with the tit tape BUT silk habotai or, say, a sand washed silk won't thank you for using it.

The thing with the tit tape is that it will either leave a residue when removed or will crinkle and shrink when you wash it, causing puckering to the silk. Also, you run the risk of damaging the fabric trying to remove it - the threads in the weave will stretch and you may end up with a hole or ladder type effect. Try plastic press studs - a tiny one shouldn't distort or be too heavy for the fabric, whereas metal ones might.

I work extensively with silks and really wouldn't recommend it.

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 12:31:58

oh thats is interesting

Twinklestein Sat 29-Nov-14 12:34:36

I have this problem a lot, I've put tiny poppers on silk dresses and they've actually worked fine, they're not too heavy (I thought they would be).

In some cases I've just put a little stitch in, but then you have to remember it's there and put the item on carefully.

SelfLoathing Sat 29-Nov-14 14:44:32

Take it to a place where they do alterations and ask for their suggestions.
You want to speak to the people that actually do the sewing.

BOFster Sat 29-Nov-14 16:02:51

Wait, black silk shirt? Who are you- Patrick Swayze?

noddyholder Sat 29-Nov-14 16:04:02

No to tit tape it will damage it a tiny stitch better

Platinumpennies Sat 29-Nov-14 16:30:53

Noelle, is it the Uniglo silk shirt? I have the same problem with my black silk shirt from there. Wore a camisole under it last night for modesty purposes ! But would rather not have to. Stitch sounds like way forward.

CointreauVersial Sat 29-Nov-14 16:48:53

You can get quite lightweight poppers - I've just put one on a charity shop shirt in exactly that place.

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 17:38:53

no, its the Zara one. I am treading a fine line between Doris Day and Diana Dors

Will try on and see if a stitch will work

NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 17:39:15


NoelleHawthorne Sat 29-Nov-14 17:40:49

yes I dont want to camisole either.

this will be me ( minus the zips and with abut twenty two million extra pounds )

Hoppinggreen Sat 29-Nov-14 18:15:22

I am quite booby and I always sew up the gap between the top button I fasten and the next one down to avoid gape

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