Fasten the Denims
I thought of giving my semi-old denims a new look. And with a pair of new heels to flaunt in mind, I deliberately considered reviving this pair into modish cut-offs. However, I had never been lucky with needles so I veer away from them as much as I could. And since I'm dealing with denims, sewing this kind of fabric is certainly not a breeze.
To add to my denim adventure and experiment, I got my hands on Bostik Sew No More. I placed my old jeans flat on the table and started measuring the desired length of my cut-offs. I traced a pattern on the pants where I should cut from, giving it a one and a half-inch allowance for the folds. Following my pattern, I cut away the bottom half. I spread the glue thinly on the edges of the legs and folded them outwardly, about half a centimeter; so I can hide the cut out edge. Finally, I spread the glue again on the folded part then, folded them outwardly the second time around, this time about an inch wide. Knot free, thread free, and with minimal mess, my old denims has gone from zero to hero. I've used and washed my cut-offs a couple of times and Bostik seems to be doing a great job keeping the hems together.
—Nikki Santiago, Fashion Assistant
Ripped at the Seams
Apart from using it to hem my pants and skirts, I actually tried the glue on something a little more complex. I have a delicate silk chiffon dress that happened to split at one of its seams because of an unfortunately strong and sharp tug. I knew that even if I tried to sew it, given the nature of the fabric, it would just continue to ravel. Also, slip stitches would just ruin the effect of such an ethereal dress.
So I decided to try my hand at gluing the ripped edges together using Bostik Sew No More. I first placed a piece of blank paper beneath the fabric to catch any excess glue. I applied it slowly and spread the white paste as thinly as I could over the material. Gently, I pressed the two seams together, lifting it off the paper once they connected. (I didn't want to let it dry with the paper stuck to it after all.) After about ten minutes, it was completely dry and good as new. It dried clear and unnoticeable—an effect that could never have been achieved with conventional sewing. I also feel that the glue may have helped reinforce the seam and fabric to prevent it from getting torn again.
—Isha Andaya, Managing Editor
Fasten the Denims