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How to Mend a Torn Dress Backstage

02, October 2013

Getting a tear in your dress backstage could quite possibly be the most terrifying prospects at a pageant. The thought of having your designer gown, whose price is just as terrifying, ripped by the anxious heel of a scurrying contestant is enough to make any pageant girl queasy. Though in typical Pageant Planet fashion, we have a simple solution to this issue. I mean, tearing a dress is bad enough; we wouldn’t want you to get sick all over it now would we? First, allow me to direct you to another enlightening article that will have you prepared down to the pageant “t,”:

Pageant Check List. Make sure to pay extra attention to the miscellaneous section. There are some items in there that almost EVERY girl forgets. So if you followed the link, I am sure you can see where I am going with this. Two items can save you in a dire dress situation: safety pins and a sewing kit. The latter is becoming more and more uncommon in this day and age, but it can be very helpful, trust me. Also, if you weren’t a girl scout, a needle and thread might be foreign to you, that’s okay. Stay tuned for an incredibly simple technique that you can learn in minutes.

Safety Pins Living in the South, safety pins are used for innumerable tasks and are a staple in most purses. From closing a revealing neck line for a more suitable look to pinning socks for washing in order to save them from the “washing machine sock stealer,” safety pins need to become an essential part of your pageant checklist. They come in handy for small dress surgeries. By taking the pin underneath the dress and poking a small portion through the fabric and threading it back through the underside, you can re-attach the fabric with little to none of the pin showing. (Several pins may be needed to adequately re-attach a torn piece of fabric.) Read: (10 Things Every Pageant Mom Should Have on Hand for Pageant Weekend)

Sewing Kit While I was a Girl Scout and earned a badge for this particular skill, I am by no means an expert. However, I have managed to acquire a quick and easy method to mending torn fabric. It is called whip-stitching. See this helpful tutorial below for a visual aid. Also, make sure that you have corresponding thread color to your dress in your sewing kit.

Backstage can feel like a threatening environment. This means things can happen. Tight quarters, limited space, and nervous girls are not exactly the ideal combination. However, you have chosen to participate in this sport and along with it you have observed its risks. One way you can avoid this situation is by carrying your dress if it has a train as you walk around before going onstage. Others include waiting to put on your dress until a few minutes until you are due to go out. All in all, it is a sad day when a dress is ripped. So be careful and alert.

Remember pageant girl, “Keep your heels, head, and standards, HIGH!”

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