Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Make Do & Mend

The Die, Workwear blog has a great post up entitled, 

"How We Lost Our Ability to Mend." 

It's a really good article and there are some fantastic photos at the end of the article of clothes that have been mended. I know that several of my readers would enjoy the article. 

I found the information about Ralph Lauren's flannel shirt really neat, especially where he bought it from. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

12 comments :

  1. Thanks for that link. I almost feel inspired, and am glad that my twenty year old baseball/lettermens jacket, wool with letter sleeves which has seen better days is truly as classic as I like to think it is.

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  2. You're welcome, Sam. I really enjoyed that one. There is a Reddit group called Buy It For Life and that is what they talk about there. Things they buy to last for years. Your letterman jacket would fit the bill.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/BuyItForLife/

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  3. What an interesting article. Thanks so much for sharing Belinda.

    And the article also reminded me of the pile of clothes that needs mending... :)

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    1. You're welcome, Nil. I have a blanket that needs to be mended. I accidently had it under the leg of a chair and pulled it causing it to rip.

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  4. Great article! I recently patched two pair of my daughter's stretch pants and they turned out really well. I have more mending to do that I'm sure I'll get around to eventually. I've been a mender for ages; no use throwing out otherwise perfectly good articles of clothing!

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    1. I completely agree, Stephanie. No need to throw those items out when they can be mended and kept being worn.

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  5. I am constantly mending and patching things for people, but then I am a tailor. This is a throw away society and I dislike that. I will wear clothes for years and years.

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    1. It is definitely a throw away society. Even countries where we send clothes have asked us to stop sending them because they have way too many to deal with.

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  6. I have a couple pairs of wool socks that i need to darn holes in the toes. When i mentioned this to someone they said why dont you just throw them away. I love the warmth of these socks and I'm going to learn to darn these holes.

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    1. Good for you for being proactive. I would't throw away wool socks either, they are so nice and warm. :)

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  7. I remember a pair of elastic waist jeans DD had, which I found in a thrift shop when she was about 3. She loved them, because they were so easy for her to pull them on. From pre-school age to first-grade, she didn't get heavier, only taller. So every 6 months or so, I had her pick out a calico fabric from my stash, and added cuffs on the legs to make them longer. I also appliqued (I use that term loosely) patches on another pair of pull-on jeans she hand torn at the knees. I used some cute butterfly fabric (purple, of course) I found in the thrift shop. She liked the patch so much, she asked me to put a heart shaped patch in the same fabric on one of the pockets. Later that week, her BFF came to our house, and DD and she pored through my fabric stash to find a fabric so she could have a heart shaped patch on her jeans pocket too!
    Other than quilting, I dislike sewing/mending/altering immensely, but am glad I know how. I find that if I tackle the task first thing in the morning, it seems easier. I confess, though, that when the bulk of our clothing comes from the thrift shop, I have little compunction about discarding an item rather than mending, unless it's a beloved garment. Oddly enough, the items we find in the thrift shops are always better quality that the few things we find in the new market.

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  8. Meg, I find that to be true here too that the thrift store clothes are better quality. I guess because they were well made to begin with, which made them last longer. Your daughters jeans sound so cute. I would love to have seen them.

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