I seamstress

Today my crafting time has been taken up by something much more mundane than creating a whole cardigan from a piece of string. I have been asked to mend a pair of jeans. Here’s the before photo.

How does one make that useable again (and decently looking) without making it too short, with only a piece of thread and small needle at hand, and without any real sewing skill? Well, one improvises, and hopes for the best. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

Mind you, that little improv took me no less than 40 minutes, and I’m not terribly convinced that it’s durable! And I reeeally don’t feel like moving on to the next leg… I’m trying to enjoy it, though, by munching on copious amounts of fruit (yay summer and sticky fingers!), resting my eyes from the computer screen, and thinking a bit about the meaning of mending clothes – a skill which seems almost forgotten today. For more wise thoughts than I could ever provide, I direct you over to Kate’s wonderful and silly little interview! I recently visited the Imperial War Museum in London (it sounds dreadfully boring, but I highly recommend it, I was more than pleasantly surprized!) and there was plentiful evidence of rationing practices and the incentive people (well, women) were given to mend clothes, which is the context for Kate’s story…

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

5 thoughts on “I seamstress

  1. I did exactly the same thing yesterday! I had some horrendously ripped, worn linen trousers and didn’t do nearly as neat a job as you’ve done! I’m impressed!

  2. Wow, that’s impressive. And I personally think you could start a trend with the one leg carefully mended and the other still totally ripped look.

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