With a bit more time on my hands and a holiday in Wales on the horizon, it's been time to tackle the mending pile! You need your warm pyjamas when you go camping in Wales, and you need your warm pyjamas not to have holes in them!
The good thing about reusing stuff is that when it comes to patching Son's pyjamas I didn't have to look very far for something to patch them with. His old and tattered aeroplane pyjamas (too tattered to hand down to anybody) have been working hard as dusters, so I searched for a piece that wasn't too grubby and dusty and reincarnated it from duster back to pyjama bottom! (I also made a mental note to self, not to use all the pyjamas for dusters next time, but to keep a piece for patching!)
Then I moved onto these shorts. A tear needed sewing. Can you spot the repair? My stitching is never miniscule!
What made me really happy was that when I started work I remembered that they weren't shorts at all - they started life as trousers and I turned them into shorts last summer when they had torn beyond repair at the knee.
And then I remembered that they were hand-me-down trousers too. Even better.
And when I turned them inside out to sew, I saw another neat repair around the back pocket that the previous owner's mum or dad must have done.
I love it! On at least three occasions these trousers/shorts could have been consigned to the bin, but with a small amount of effort and a lot of love, they've been kept in service and may yet see another owner after Son has outgrown them.
It's what it's all about!
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