Readers, once I settle on a comfortable pair of pants, I will wear that pair nearly every day (excluding special circumstances when I am forced to change my clothes of course).
Have you known other men like this? I like to think it's not just a personal quirk.
As a result, the garment wears out sooner rather than later. Case in point, these cotton pants, which were never very rugged to begin with and, if truth be told, I never really loved, but they fit well and were comfortable.
I made these nearly two years ago and they've gotten a tremendous amount of wear this winter. Plus, when I'm working on a sewing project, I'm moving around on my knees a lot (on a wool rug), which is particularly hard on my pants.
Is this something you'd bother patching?
I'm not much of a mender. I'll repair a seam that's ripping or fix a falling hem -- i.e., something that won't be visible -- but for damage like a worn knee, I'm inclined to pants into shorts, which is what I'll probably do with these.
I know ripped and/or mended jeans are considered cool in some circles, and I wore ripped jeans a lot in the early Nineties, but right now I'm not really feeling them (shot below via GQ). Purchasing jeans already ripped seems particularly strange, but I know people do and who am I to judge?
If I'd grown up at a different time, say, during the Great Depression or WWII, I might be more inclined to patch my pants. But I didn't so I'm not.
Readers, I'm curious: what kind of mending will you generally take on, and what kind will you refuse?
With so many thrift stores out there, and jeans so plentiful, would you bother mending them for any reason other than aesthetics? I can see patching up kids clothes, but men's pants....?
Make-do and mend or Toss-out and trade up -- Which best describes you?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!