I love to sew, obviously. What I'm not a big fan of is mending.
With the exception of a turtleneck shirt here, a knit watch cap there, I make everything I wear and I can be hard on my clothes: I walk a lot, bike a lot, and go through periods where I'll wear a single pair of pants almost every day (laundering as needed, naturally).
I noticed recently that the back crotch of my blue twill pants -- one of my go-to garments for the last year -- had begun to wear through. I think this is primarily caused by bike riding. The flat felled seam acts like a (very dull) knife, cutting through the adjacent fabric.
I have never patched a pair of pants in my life but fortunately I still had a scrap of the original fabric.
I measured the size of the worn out area and cut out a patch, pressing the edges under with an iron.
Then I simply edgestitched the patch on, topstitching 1/4" away from the edgestitching.
Nothing fancy but it's nearly invisible -- certainly not something you'd notice if you weren't looking for it. This is another reason why it's occasionally a good idea to keep fabric scraps from one's sewing projects.
I also need to repair the lining of my Donegal tweed peacoat from last year as this garment is also getting a lot of daily use. I didn't do a very good job of slipstitching the lining originally, which is why this is happening. (By the time I'm hand-sewing a lining on, my energy is flagging and I just want the whole thing to be over with.) I also have to repair an armhole.
The coat itself, now in its second year of use, has held up beautifully and, believe it or not, is a great garment to bike in. I've also been toying with the idea of replacing the buttons with something darker that would pop a bit more, but it's not urgent.
On the subject of mending, my mom is coming along. She has a full week of rehab ahead of her and is scheduled to be discharged on Saturday. Rehab is especially challenging because currently (and for the next month) she's not going to be able to put her full weight on her right leg. The plan is for her to stay with my brother and SIL for right now. We'll have to see how she comes along once she's out and how strong she feels. She definitely seems more hopeful, her appetite has improved, and she's more accepting of what has happened.
And that's it. Still not sure what I'll be sewing next but I'm feeling ready to jump into something soon.
Have a great day, everybody!
|Meanwhile, doggie dentistry is scheduled for this coming Friday!|