I have been sewing.


Three pairs of Jalie 2908 jeans and two pairs of slim BurdaStyle trousers, just in the last 10 days. Of course there’s no photos, mostly because it’s winter and I have no decent place indoors for photography.

I confess to also making a few garments recently that didn’t work out as planned, and they took the wind out of my sails for a bit. The first was a waterfall cardigan for DD3 which just did not work. I was not happy with it, and neither was she. Fortunately, there is a lot of fabric in a waterfall style, so no waste! It will be remade into something else sooner or later.

The second was a deep red silk velvet dress for DD2 which I was hoping would be a success. DD2 is a difficult client, sometimes, and although she loved the dress, she has yet to wear it, and didn’t want to wear it for the function it was made for.

And the last ‘failed’ project was an olive silk velvet dress that I wanted for myself – actually wanted for Christmas, but it wasn’t finished in time – for a wedding in February. The design was inspired by a green velvet D&G dress I saw in September 2018 Vogue, and I have not seen a photo of it anywhere else. But I am not a tall pencil, and I seem to have become more ‘mature’ in figure recently, so it wasn’t the most flattering of dresses. I did wear it, however, but it’s not a finished project, as I want to change a few things.

And now I’m facing a pile of mending, the largest of which is this inner thigh section of a favourite pair of Roots sweatpants for DD3.

Hundreds of tiny running stitches

And this is just one leg. What you see above is about 30 minutes of work. The patch was put in about a year ago, when I had no idea what I was doing. But I have a better idea now, after taking a visible mending class in February.  In order to do this patch ‘properly’ I should cut away the worn fabric and patch from the outside. But this would not look good on these sweatpants, and I don’t think it would be aesthetically pleasing given the location if the patch. DD3 wants it to be as discreet as possible, and I agree. So I will leave it as is, reinforce all around it to about 5 cm beyond the current patch, and see if it holds up for another year or so.  Here’s the rest of the required mend.

Big mend
Monster mend

11 thoughts on “Mending

  1. It’s a shame that sweat pants don’t come with reinforced patches to keep from wearing away. Maybe making something like chaps would catch on and save you mending time!!!! Or maybe not…ha ha! Sorry to hear about your past projects…that makes us all sad! Hoping for better weather for you and the girls!

  2. It’s always sad when things don’t go as planned. You will feel much better after your next successful project. In the meantime you are doing a sterling job in that mending!

    1. And I have not yet attempted jeans, although there is a pair or two requiring mending sooner rather than later. I’ve not tried using the machine. May do that for the smaller denim mend…

    1. If you like hand sewing, mending is a nice way to spend some quiet time. I’m not sure how this would turn out if I’d done it by machine. I may try, just to see how it goes, and share the results.

  3. Oh it really sets me back when things don’t work out. It’s such a waste of time, then one is reminded of the learning , if there’s learning! Very impressed with your mending, it’s a great feeling once completed isn’t it.

    1. ‘Failure’ is always an opportunity for learning, but it just seems so wasteful sometimes! Which is probably why I’m mending…. it assuages the consumption-inspired guilt. 😉

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