I’m having one of those months where the pile of mending is definitely growing faster than I can manage it. Which has got me to thinking about mending a lot…
So far I’ve finished:
1. Sewing a busted seam on R’s swimming costume
2. Sewing a busted seam on R’s PJs
3. Sewing two busted seams on Josh’s green cabled jumper
4. Sewing a busted seam on my PJ bottoms
(Sensing a Theme right!)
5. Darned 4 socks with about 8 to go more holely socks.
6. Invisible mending on my best jeans 3 times (and they have just blown a forth hole – totally my fault, I thought that my last patch was too close to the hole, turns out… it was!)
Which leaves darning my lightweight Spring jumper, sewing a seam on R’s duffle coat, patching my other PJ trousers, patching Josh’s black jeans, patching my combat trousers and patching another PJ top of mine. Oh and probably a whole load of horrors lurking that I haven’t found yet.
Most of these items I’ve had for years (that PJ top, did about 20 years hard service in my normal wardrobe first! before it got downgraded to PJs). Sometimes I bought them second hand expecting a fair amount of wear and tear in them. But others, like R’s duffle coat were brand new – worn once or twice at most before the seams split. These were not cheap throwaway clothes from Primark or Tesco but brands you would think better of like Marks and Spencer. There is only so many times I can mend those items before it gets me down.
If you are reading this blog then I probably don’t have to tell you why I’m mending. But just in case… the short story is that I don’t believe in throwing away useful things, I don’t really care if people see me wearing patched jeans (because I’m lucky enough that any judgement they make doesn’t really affect me) and I don’t want to waste money buying clothes I don’t need. But it is exhausting sometimes. I don’t really mind mending all the socks – I knitted them in the first place and the mending maintenance is expected (socks often last several years round here before a darn is needed) – but I am angry that brand new clothes seem to fall apart with a harsh look. Believe me it isn’t because I’m washing them at 60 degrees!
I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this post – I think it is a shame people don’t mend clothes much anymore but part of me empathises with them, mending is endless with the poorly constructed garments available today.
I’m just going to drop a few useful links on mending down here – to make this post slightly more useful and slightly less like I’m just having a rant for no reason 😉
– There is a huge amount of amazing resources in Jen’s Make Do and Mend website here.
– Repair Cafe, a fantastic movement which is connecting people who can mend with people who need mending to happen!
– This is the you tube video which taught me to darn socks about 7 years ago (it is still a great video and the only technique I use).