I have always had a problem throwing away clothes when they start to show signs of wear. I have clothes in my closet that are 20 years old and I still love them. Needless to say, I don’t spend a lot of money on wardrobe. I am one of the people that the fashion industry loathes. I consider the seasonal changes of new colors and styles to be nothing more than a gimmick to get us to spend money and I refuse to participate. Thrift store t-shirts and jeans are all I need most days now that I am retired and the few ‘dress clothes’ I have in my closet are plenty for my low key social life. I accessorize with different scarves or shawls I have knitted and call it good.
The fashion industry is notorious for the amount of waste it generates. Many fashion houses box up and burn their unsold goods to maintain their brand (1). Millions of dollars of perfectly usable clothing and shoes up in smoke. The fashion industry is way overdue for a sustainability makeover. Consumers can drive that demand if they just insist on more environmentally friendly goods and services. My small part of that is to make the clothes I have last longer by repurposing or mending what is already in my closet.
In particular, when I get a pair of jeans that fit well and are comfortable, I tend to wear them until they are pretty threadbare. I tried iron on patches but one trip through the laundry and they are not so ironed on. I tried stitching them on with my sewing machine but I just wasn’t pleased with the outcome. Then one day I came across the Instagram account of Katrina Rodabaugh (@katrinarodabaugh) and was inspired. She has a book called Mending Matters that is at the top of my Christmas list this year, for sure.
For this particular project, I used an iron on patch that was already in my stash and 3 strands of white embroidery thread. I did a blanket stitch around the edge, then filled in with running stitches. A sharp embroidery needle and a thimble makes the stitching much easier. I worked on it while watching TV and was finished in just a couple of hours. I did iron on the patch first to help hold it in place until I could get the edge stitched.
You can find links to useful resources at the bottom of this post. I am beefing up my library of embroidery stitches and looking for other ways to apply artful mending to my wardrobe and have provided a couple of links for books that are on my wishlist. These are affiliate links, but the tiny amount I earn does not change what you pay and anything extra I earn is used to pay off student loans. Yep. I am in that rat race as well.
(1) Fashion’s Dirty Little Secret and How It’s Coming Clean. Jon Bird, Forbes, Sep. 9, 2018.
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