Shorts re-mend

This is a pair of zip-off jeans that we got second hand and have been heavily worn by about at least 2 of our kids. I had a phase a few years ago of ironing on bought patches and since then have found better and longer lasting ways of mending tears and holes. You can see that these patches weren’t right for the job in the first place – the holes had split to the seams therefore the patches were too small. They were a bit bunched up in places where they were clumsily stitched. The jeans have since formed holes above the old patches.

Could they be mended to last again? The question should probably be ‘SHOULD they be mended again?’! In this case I needed another pair of shorts right now and if fixed well, they will also be used as long trousers for the winter – so I felt it was worth the time.

I unpicked all the previous ‘Frankenstein’ stitching (a term from Kate Sekules) and needle wove all the holes in yellow, then pink, then green. There was a certain amount of glue residue left – but I sewed through most of it. It wasn’t an easy mend because the zip and a flap of fabric covering the zip were directly behind the main holes. I found the easiest way to avoid stitching into these was to hold them out of the way underneath with my non-sewing hand.

I don’t think I’ve done a repair like this before – I usually reinforce jeans with other fabric – so this is a test. I have managed to achieve a flat fabric again – I hope they are reinforced enough to last the winter.

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.