Friday, October 17, 2014

In praise of Mending and restoring the things we love to wear

Mend - verb
: to make (something broken or damaged) usable again 
: to repair (something broken or damaged)
: to heal or cure (a broken bone, a sad feeling, etc.)

One of  the creative things that I do for a little extra income and what I consider a service to my community, is sewing repair work and mending. I'm a pretty good seamstress and I can do more elaborate alterations, but I've found that I enjoy smaller mending, patchwork and repair. It takes less time commitment per item and it's SO rewarding.

In this world of of buying new wardrobes every season, or that is that the industry wants us to do, we are living in a time of throwing out or donating our "old" clothes to make room for the new. But we all have a least one piece of clothing that we really love: a pair of well worn jeans, a perfect pair of khaki shorts or a vintage coat that cannot be replaced.
Then there is that large hole or that place that is worn through or the lining is falling apart at the armhole. Now what do you do?

Just this week a neighbor brought over what was obviously her husband's most loved jacket. It was a a heavy canvas with faux sherpa lining. It had been repaired before but front patch pockets where unattached at the bottom and fabric where they were attached was threadbare.

Many times, the work I do is to patch favorite jeans. Sometimes I can match up a patch and it's not very noticeable, but in most cases people just want their clothing wearable again.

People are so happy when I mend their favorite things and restore them to a place where they can enjoy them for a few years more. Like I said I find this rewarding because I'm doing something that not many people are able to do and the ones who are charge a LOT.  Like I said, I consider this somewhat a community service, because I can and we all get something out of it.

Now if I can only get my hands on this!

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