What's Your Most Embarrassing Wardrobe Malfunction? Learn How To Keep Those Garments Closed!

Marilyn showing us how to do it right.

I've never looked this good with my knickers exposed. You?

imageplaceholder Jill Case
Online Editor, Sew Daily

If  you've ever had a wardrobe malfunction you know the importance of sturdy openings and closings.

To date I've not had anything fly open or fall off as far as snaps or zippers go, but I have had the dress stuck in the underwear/tights scenario happen. Absolutely. Mortifying.

You think once would be enough but no, I just can't seem to get enough of showing off my knickers.

Unfortunately, I don't have any tutorials or sewing advice for that, but if you'd like to learn more about openings and closures for garments than Rae Cumbie has your back and front.

In this wonderful video you'll learn of a variety of techniques for creating opening and closings for your unique project and garment.

From zippers and loops, drawstring and elastic. Deciding how to get in and out of your favorite garments just got a little bit easier. This video is great if you need ideas for making opening and closures for limited mobility or to get in and out of garments easier. 

Plus, it's Rae Cumbie national sewing instructor who will show you all sorts of options and techniques so you can look your best. You can check out a preview here!

Tell me on the blog your most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, and, let's put the fun back in malfunction!


Other sewing topics you may enjoy:


Closures, Garment Details, Zippers

About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

11 thoughts on “What's Your Most Embarrassing Wardrobe Malfunction? Learn How To Keep Those Garments Closed!

  1. Hi Jill!

    I’ve had a “Marilyn” moment. I was wearing a short, slight flared skirt one day and walked over something in the sidewalk that suddenly blew out some air. Up went my skirt and down went my hands! I wasn’t as graceful as she was, though! Fortunately, I was young and still had good pair of legs – and was with my boyfriend. We both laughed and kept on walking.

  2. When my children were my son was scared of the water in the community swimming pool. I had a bathing suit with a long front zipper. Yep, one day he got more scared than usual, probably something one of his sisters did, grabbed at the front of my suit. I showed a lot more than i planned to. Oh, and we didn’t have a car then, so i had to ride a bus like that!

  3. I am helping watch an 18 months old girl with a sick father. I was wearing a knit top with front buttons. Unfortunately when being pulled upon by a toddler, the buttons did not stay buttoned. I did not realize it until the doctor’s waiting room seemed a little drafty.

  4. Several years ago I had an interview for a job as a school bus dispatcher. I chose a blazer and a silk blouse with a shawl collar as part of my interview attire. It wasn’t until I had completed the interview and was leaving the building that I realized the hidden button on the blouse had come unbuttoned, and had probably been so through most of the interview – in front of the interview panel comprised entirely of men. I was mortified. I didn’t get the job.

  5. Late night, minimal sleep. Teal jacket-sweater-skirt-tights? Perfect. Tossed brooch, earrings into tote, stepped into black pumps and racewalked to transit. Great day, lots of compliments. Took a rare lunch break, got sushi, browsed pop-up fabric jobber, pushed open door and–WHOOSH!–flirty 6-gore skirt sailed shoulder high! Thanked Providence for A-line half-slips while I struggled to push skirt back down. Embarassment came later, after the wolf whistles, smiles, winks and a cabbie yelling, “Hey Marilyn–where ya goin?!” Real life, gotta love it!

  6. My goal in high school was to sew one of every type of difficult-to-sew garment or fabric I could, and to sew it well. Plaid jacket with matching skirt and pants – check. Wide wale corduroy coat – check. On to swimsuits… I gathered my fabric and supplies to make a cute two piece and finished it in time to wear to the high school band year-end picnic at the beach. All was well until I got deep enough into the ocean to be soaked by an incoming wave. That was when I learned that some elastics stretched completely out when wet! I quickly crouched deeper into the water, gathered my suit to my body and then exited the ocean. I spent the rest of the day lounging on the sand instead of playing in the water where I longed to be.

  7. Many years ago, I was walking to work when I felt a snap and loosening. I looked down and realized that my half slip was slowly sliding down. This was back when ladies actually wore slips! Fortunately, it was early and there were few other people around. I kept walking past a couple of buildings until I came to one with a lobby. By this time, my slip was nearly down to my ankles. I stepped into the lobby looking for a restroom but there was none in sight. So, I calmly stepped out of my slip and snatched it up from the floor. As I was stuffing it into my purse, I looked up and saw the guard standing in the corner watching me. I wished him a “good morning” and continued on my way.

  8. I would love to share my sister’s wardrobe malfunction! I had made her a fitted, double breasted dress to wear to a family wedding. She had it professionally pressed and when she picked it up the buttons had melted and dark shadows where left on the dress. She had to purchase buttons and sew them on herself! Did I mention my sister is not a sewer? During the dancing, all the buttons popped off!! Needless to say we were scrambling for needle and thread or safety pins to put the dress back together!
    Linda P.

  9. I had 2. The first, I was in high school and wore a panty girdle to hold up my stockings. It was old and worn out, and simply slid off of me as I exited my boyfriend’s car.

    The second, I was at an American Sewing Guild conference in a cute outfit that I had made. Suddenly I felt the elastic in the culottes let go. I guess I put too many stitches in that elastic. Of course, I had no needle, thread or safety pins with me. I did have a bobby pin which I kept having to adjust. On may way home, in the Bart station, a homeless woman gave me a safety pin. It made the ride home far less difficult than it could have been.

  10. My most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction was on stage in front of over 500 people; involving a rather old, rented costume, a clumsy dance partner, and a Community Theatre production of “The Music Man”. In the middle of the “Shipoopi” dance number, my partner stepped on my dress as he pulled me through his legs during a 50’s style move, and the old thread that stitched the zipper in place broke, leaving a gap from collar to mid-tush!

  11. First malfunction happened while I was working my first job. My uniform was black skirt and white top. My skirt was below knee with snaps up the front middle. The front got caught on something and poped all the snaps open! When I went home, I sewedthe front closed and left a few snaps free so I could still get it on.
    Second malfunction was yesterday at work. My black pants have a side zipper. They are my favorite pants and are about five years old. I recently gained a bit of weight and the pants fit snug. Well, due to age of pants and the weight gain, the side zipper stitches ripped. I was able to locate a few small safety pins to keep the zipper attached. Needless to say, mending is at the top of my sewing list today, followed by making new pants this week.