Rainbow derrière

Holes to Whole

This was more of a restoration project than a repair. My pyjama shorts were very old and I’d done some repairs years ago – mostly in boring grey. Fortunately only the backside has holes – else I would have consigned them to the rag bag. I unpicked the worst repair – a large patch made of heavier jersey and was left with LOTS of holes. I stitched each by needle weaving with normal sewing cotton. I enjoyed blending the colours – that’s what kept me going!

The waist band was mostly fine but the top had frayed open against the elastic. I used the same method as I did with these pyjama bottoms using the hem of a t-shirt which was useful because the existing crease helped create a neat finish more easily.

Visual mending

Slip of the tongue? It is called Visible Mending in contrast to Invisible Mending but for some reason I found my self using the term Visual Mending right from when I first heard it, so that’s what it is for me.

Visible mending has really taken off in recent years and there are thousands of inspiring photos on the internet, and plenty of techniques to try and books to read. I hope it turns out not to be just a trend but more of a mindset.