Ever notice the celebrity walking the red carpet in a barely there dress, waving and sashaying while all the important parts stay covered? Have you noticed how the button up shirts of your favorite male and female TV actors never gap to reveal a bit of skin in between? Lastly, have you watched a dancer turn, flip and jump and notice the costume stays perfectly in place?

The entertainment industry has known for years how to keep a wardrobe in place using double sided fabric tape. Whether you are in the spotlight or not, we recommend double sided fabric tape for temporary repairs and quick fixes.

Double sided fabric tape comes in a little roll that looks similar to a roll of scotch tape.  You can find this item at a fabric store, drug store, grocery store and online.  It’s inexpensive, clear, and won’t leave a residue or damage your clothes.  The application is quick and easy with no need to iron or sew.  Fabric tape can be used on a variety of fabrics including leather and denim.  However, be careful when applying to delicates such as silk.

Most common uses for double sided fabric tape:

Quickly repair a hem in your pants or skirt. Turn the garment inside out and lay it flat.  Cut the amount needed and place sticky side of tape below the hem stitching on the backside.  Fold over the fabric of the outside of the hem and smooth with your hand.  Press to secure.

Secure a bursting button down. Place one side of the tape right above the buttons.  Connect the other side secretly underneath the part of the shirt that loops over the button

Tape down the top of a gaping shirt. Tape along the top edge of a shirt that gaps when you bend over.  Connect the other side of the tape to your own skin so that it doesn’t reveal all when you bend down to pick something up.

Other uses for double sided fabric tape include:

  • Tack down a button down shirt collar
  • Fix a peek a boo bra strap to spaghetti strap tank tops & party dresses.
  • Secure a wrap dress
  • Secure a loose sling back shoe
  • Keep your scarves and belts in place

We recommend having double sided tape on hand now before you really need it.  It’s especially handy when traveling this season.

What have you used double sided tape for?  We’d love to hear your tips!

If your garment needs permanently altered or repaired, Classic Cleaners has a full service seamstress at our main plant in Castleton.

– S.O.