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mending our clothes...do you?

 
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Ellen, apparently, I got your butt, in addition to what I needed for my own, and though I'm on the high extreme of what's supposed to be 'petite' (5'4"), my legs are slightly longer than what's considered proportional, for my height. So, I typically need average, and sometimes even tall cuts, but John has very short legs, and struggles with finding jeans with a short enough inseam - and won't let me hem them. So, when I see him struggling with the hem torn, and trying to put his feet through the holes it creates, I just cut them off to just a hair above where the damage is. Still not allowed to hem them (I truly have no idea why), but the edges only fray a little, when I use the pinking shears, and it looks intentional, after a few washes - and they stop catching on everything, including his toes, lol.
 
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/230690258/14yards-embroidery-broderie-anglaise

I'll probably post a picture later, but I used this material to extend the length on some denim shorts.  I am pretty sure no one would guess they didn't originally have this. Both sides of the material are equally nice just different shades of blue.
 
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I'm not going for invisibility. I thought I'd play with sashiko or something a little.
I was thinking along the same lines as your suggestion of sewing a patch wrapped around the bottom of the leg, sewn inside and out. I guess if it's not too thick for your husband to use, I may as well give it a try.
 
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The sad thing is this is the extended length.  The original hem was just a serged edge folded into a cuff.  After unfolding and French seaming the extension it added more than five inches.  

As a side note, it's funny how fast family members started bringing me more items to stitch when they saw me working on these.  
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New year's resolution: get some of my mending done!
I mended the crotch seam on these nice work trousers and replaced the waistband button with a spare one.
mending trouser pants crotch seam
Mended Trousers


Close up of seam stitching
Close up of seam stitching


I think the seams won't last long though, the fabric at the folds is wearing badly.
 
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Nancy Reading wrote:I think the seams won't last long though, the fabric at the folds is wearing badly.

I recently made two patches for a friend's jeans to cover thin areas in the crotch. I find it's easier if I actually make patches sewn to mimic the original crotch fabric, and then I usually find it easier to hand sew them on, than "keyhole stitch" on my machine! If it's done with matching or complementary fabric, I've been able to make it look intentional enough that most people wouldn't think it was an add-on patch.
 
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Two more trousers mended.

The first was some gardening trousers that had already been patched in the crotch once. I obviously didn't make the patch big enough, because the fabric failed again adjacent to the original patch - Two more patches make it good again.
I quite like the colourful effect....maybe I'm strange that way.
trouser (pants) seat patch mending

The second were nominally a 'good' pair to wear in the shop. They are a bit pale coloured and I'll probably have to retire them for staining soon. They're already on their second life having been worn previously by my husband. They have developed a frayed tear on the knee.
mending clothes trouser (pants) knee hole split

I found some similar coloured fabric and have made a discrete patch across the knee. Not really invisible, but reasonably tidy with hidden stiches.
trouser (pants) knee mended patch
 
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Having a go at some visible mending of an old pair of jeans.
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visible mending split seat

These have been patched already on the knees, and we (they are my husband's trousers) had a good think about whether these were worth mending or not. They had split badly across the seat. Most of the fabric was good however, and it was more that the "stitch that saved nine" was missed when these started ripping. I did make an additional reinforcing patch on the front where the fabric is wearing thin, and a tiny darn near the zip.

This is the back side of the patch:
seat patch wrong side

I haven't finished the patch material edges as yet, I'm not sure whether to bother - it will be easy enough to whip stitch the edge if I feel it neccessary. The material was from a pair of my old trousers, that were past repair. Slightly lighter in weight than the denim of the jeans, so shouldn't feel bulky against the skin.

I tried to catch the remaining threads in the hole with the running stitches (warp weft?) so that they are less likely to get caught and damaged again.
boro japanese visible mending stitch detail
seat stitching detail - right side


Front additional split fix and reinforcing patch right side/wrong side:
easy mending worn out jeans


Almost invisible darn near fly zip - it actually looks like it hasn't been darned! It was just a little hole, but I thought it might become a nuisance due to its location.
invisible darn mending worn out jeans
Hole darn


edited to add: One of the good things about the visible mending technique is that the colour of the thread isn't critical, so I took the opportunity to use up the last little bits of two or three old spools making more room in my sewing box.
 
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Just yesterday I turned a long dress into a jumpsuit. I've always mended clothes. From school days I always had clothes that didn't quite fit so I got in the habit. I have made some tops, skirts and dresses and even purses from just needle and thread.
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mending clothes making jumpsuit from long dress
 
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I recently bought fabric glue to repair my work boots.. first attempt lasted a couple days but work is rough on them and it did not hold so I put a larger patch over it using an old fabric glove...
then a couple days later I found some old boot scraps while cleaning the basement...exactly what I was saving it for. but didn't find it on time for the repair
hopefully the new patch holds

mostly my jeans get worn out on the front and the back is still in decent shape so one thing I am about to attempt is to glue (using that fabric glue(fabritac)) two backs together and sew in the zipper...we will see how it goes
my co workers think I am nuts because of the time involved in doing the repair when I could just go to a used clothing store and buy a pair

a nice neighbor at our work site just gave me a bunch of jeans and long underwear that belonged to her husband who died unfortunately .. but they are too nice to use as work clothes! they are my new sunday best!
 
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This time I would like to give all the credit to my my by better half.  My better half,  Renee, was taught how to sew in 4H. Her instructor was an elderly lady down the road a few miles who taught a group of girls once a week at her kitchen table.  
    From what I've been told they started with a needle and thread and moved up to an old Singer sewing machine over the course of the summer.  Only when a person could do a step perfectly was the opportunity given to advance.  Over the course of 3 summers my better half was taught everything from how to thead a needle to making her own prom gown.
    Over the past 43 years Renee has mended and/made more of our family's clothing than I could ever have kept track of.  In my case most of it was repairing the clothing as I am not very careful of anything except my good clothes.
    Last summer I had the pleasure of seeing Renee teach 4H sewing at our dining room table.  It was one of the highlights of my life to be able to share that with my wife.  Many evenings were spent with me listening to how the class was progressing.  
    Little things like this are the reasons that Renee and I were able to buy our farm and put our children through college.  We lived within our means and tried to take care of our belongings.  I see those same values in many permies.  It is amazing to see how many of the topics of the permies forum teach. Even the ones requesting an opinion end up teaching with the way they are answered.  
Sincerely,  Jeff
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