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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Make Do and Mend

I've got to admit, every time I see a pair of ripped jeans I can't help thinking to myself "That needs a damn good mending!"
So when Carly started wearing a pair of ripped shorts it drove me mad, it was only a matter of time before she caved in to my constant requests to mend them for her haha




For this mend I used a variegated pink thread



I backed every weak spot that needed attention with a heavy duty cotton twill, they were offcuts from another project so not only a beautiful print but also super sustainable



The pink thread was almost invisible on the denim, so I hand embroidered a small heart onto one of the darker spots of fabric to help it stand out :)



I like to keep the organic natural form of the holes and follow them with stitching, I feel it makes for a really unique and natural look.


I'm really happy with how this pair of shorts turned out, I'll no doubt use this style of mending again in the future, I already have an idea to transform a pair of jeans that my son has ripped his knee out of and I can use a pair of his old minecraft PJ's that he has grown out of to make him a set of creeper jeans :)



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  1. Hey Tricky! Where did I get the idea that is was CARLY, not you who was doing the mending??? Funny, that.

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    1. Carly spends most days sewing at her sewing machine for https://luckysewandsew.co.uk/ so she doesn't get much spare time for hand sewing lol
      I don't even know how to use a sewing machine properly which lead me down the hand sewing route for all of my mending, I find it incredibly meditative :)

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  2. Are you being facetious? Mending is a very worthwhile thing. I do it, too, but not as artfully as you.

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  3. I don't know why I cannot seem to comment with my new name, caterinaenlavillevillekulla, etc.

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    1. That sounds odd, I wonder why it isn't working properly?

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  4. Repairing and mending is lost art. I always do that. Last month I mend my comforter. :)

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    1. it ends up getting quite addictive doesn't it!

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  5. the mending pile is ever full , i got a lecture for patching a shirt the other day .....just buy a bloody new one , you only pay 30p at the jumble for your clothes...sadly they dont get it...lol

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    1. I'm starting to get to the stage now that the mending pile is so large that sometimes by the time I've mended something the kids have grown out of it! haha

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