Scissors, Tears, and a Three Year-Old

My greatest nightmare just came to pass! I honestly feel like someone just played a practical joke on me while at the same time taking a metaphorical knife and cutting my already bleeding heart! I know this sentence is more than dramatic; however, the situation is just that… overly dramatic! My three-year old son mysteriously got ahold of my thread snips yesterday, and made all sorts of cuts in my Valentine’s Day Sheath Dress that I was working on. My heart is sooooooooooo broken!

My Greatest Nightmare Came True 1

Sheath dress 1I know it sounds somewhat ridiculous to cry over something so… well… material! But I can’t help but to think, cry, and pout about it. I have worked extremely hard on this project, and I haven’t even had the time to wear it. Although Valentine’s Day was yesterday, my husband and I planned to go away this weekend and celebrate the holiday by going to our favorite hotel, restaurant, and movie theater. I would have had the project done and stashed away in my closet but I still needed to add the sleeves and hem it. The original plan was to finish this project by tomorrow afternoon.

Sheath dress 2Fortunately, the cuts were only made in a small area. My hope is to purchase some lace type applique and sew it on the dress in various places to make it look like it was intentional. But unfortunately, the cuts were made four inches below the hips and three or four inches above the knee near my inner right thigh, if that makes any sense. I know!!!!!!!!! A very awkward spot to place an applique. Let’s hope that it works out. Please feel free to leave a comment or advice on what you think I should do to salvage this dress. Have you experienced any thing close to this during your sewing journey? If so, what did you do? Did you find a solution? Accept the loss? I am very open to any advice at this point. I have about 50 hours before I leave for my trip. If I can’t find away to salvage this dress by then, I will have to just call it and wear an old outfit. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and advice.

Best wishes,



  1. Oh Tea! I feel your pain. I spent ages last weekend making a top only to find a hole in the shoulder when I finished it. Its gutting when you have poured your heart into something and its ruined in events out of your control. I have no advice as I am new to this sewing business only having started last October (2017). I hope you can figure it out.
    Rach x

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    1. I have been sewing for about 15 years and I am still stumped on what to do! I think at this point it has less to do with experience and more to do with creativity. I need to find a creative way to apply an applique or something in place of this disaster!


  2. What if you channelled some Alabama Chanin and did some cutouts? You could fashion them into hearts maybe since it’s a Valentine’s dress… add some more cutout hearts and have them artfully cascade down your leg…. if that makes sense? It would change the feel of the dress, but it might make it salvageable. Good luck!

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    1. I had a similar thought. But after finding a really cute black lace appliqué at Joann’s, I got another idea! We’ll see how it works! Thanks for the response and advice!

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  3. Oh no! That’s horrible! I would have cried to if that had happened to me. *hug* I hope that you are able to disguise it with some clever applique! We’re all pulling for you, Tea! ❤ I'm so sorry this happened.


    1. Thanks so much for the support and encouragement! I did find a beautiful black lace appliqué! So far it seems as though it will work! It wasn’t the original plan, to use an appliqué! I was looking for something plain and simple because I wanted it to resemble a 1950s sheath dress. But sometimes you just have to go where the universe takes you!

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      1. You’re so welcome! 🙂

        Exactly, and I’m sure the dress will look amazing! I bet lots of women have had this exact experience over the decades, and have had to come up with similar fixes. You have the right “can do” attitude to make it work, and I bet you will! It’s a shame about what happened, but it’s awesome that now that the dust has settled, you’re taking it in stride and finding ways to remedy it! We’re all rooting for you!! ❤

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