Monday, 19 August 2013

The Big Holiday Mend!

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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6 comments:

  1. I get excited too, sometimes, when I count up how many times a particular item of clothing has travelled among friends and through the family. There is such satisfaction in making things last. Well done on the mending - it's the motivation to get started that mostly eludes me..

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    1. Me too. I've still got a pile of other bits and bobs - just have to remind myself that once I get started it doesn't actually take that long!

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  2. I have a hard time getting started on mending also. But I think any day now, I will do it. You have inspired me.

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    1. As above, it's not so bad once you get started!

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  3. Our sons have similar taste in shorts as well as maps :-)

    I've just patched the back of his camo shorts *again* and realised as I did it that they were charity shop trousers that I made into shorts (too worn to hand down and too short for my skinny long-legged boy) and I have patched/repaired them at least 3 times. The seat is now more stitching and patching than original fabric, but they'll keep going until the end of the summer and I'll keep parts of the leg for patching then.

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    1. My son loves shorts - wears them all year round including to school! In all the snow last winter I was horrified to realise he was going out in those baggy swim/surf shorts (plus woolly socks and wellies)! But he seems to be healthy and thrive so I guess it's OK!

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