The denim clinic: mending my favourite jeans

I can’t throw these jeans away. ¬†They aren’t particularly ‘cool’ but they are comfy and they fit me and I like them, so they are staying.

The problem with these jeans is that they are very light weight denim and so are wearing out at a very fast pace.  The only solution is to keep fixing.

They started out with a single knee patch, then a second knee patch and now I am onto fixing more knee thinning.

BEFORE:

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PREP:

I patching it up, to strengthen the area. ¬†I used some grey and white striped cotton fabric, a scrap I found in my box. ¬†It’s a thin cotton and because I wasn’t at the studio and machine-less, I just used iron-on glue to secure the piece. I left the edges raw. ¬†Just because.

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AFTER:

I used the white lines in the stripe to guide the straight lines of sashiko stitching.  I thought I would experiment with the crosses.  I think it paid off.  The white rows were an afterthought, aiming to pull it all together.  You can see there is one row of straight stitching.  Clearly I missed that row, oh well, happy accident!

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Can you spot the straight stitch row?
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Close up

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If you are wanting some visible mending on your favourite jeans,  just drop me a line.  I am happy to help.

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Mending, thou shalt not be boring!

I picked up a pair of jeans recently. ¬†They were new jeans with fake ageing. ¬†I have to say I am generally not a fan of such techniques, but they fit really well and I was in need of a quick fix. ¬†This doesn’t exactly fits with my ideals, but hey ho.

I knew that the knees would go pretty quickly as the ageing made them pretty weak and so a hole quickly emerged. ¬†Of course, cool people leave such holes, but I just can’t. ¬†I see creative possibilities and I just can’t leave them.

I have been wanting to try some more complex Sashiko for a while and these jeans presented an opportunity to experiment.

A few months ago I visited the Craft and Quilt Fair in Sydney, not exactly my bag, but worth a trip to meet Jane MacDonald, the owner of Bebe Bold, a local Sashiko supplier and teacher.  It was crazy busy but she chatted to us for a while and helped me choose some thread and impart some of her vast knowledge.  I bought some lovely pieces, three Olympus threads, long Sashiko needles and some Kogin fabric.  Jane also gave me instructions for a pin cushion, the Hitomezashi Hydrangea pattern.

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NB: Kogin fabric has little dots printed on the fabric, it helps to make the stitching process a little easier.  When you wash the fabric, the dots disappear.

I have been dying to try it for a while but it looked frightening complicated so I have been sitting on it.  Time to bite the bullet.

Here’s what I did;

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WRONG SIDE: I started by repairing the hole.  I used the selvedge of the Kogin fabric (no waste here!) and used some iron on glue to press it in place. 
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RIGHT SIDE: Hole reinforced and ready for patching
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I cut a piece of Kogin fabric to cover the hole and pinned in place
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Then it was a case of following the instructions, starting with 2 rows of crosses in blue and orange thread.
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The final stage was weaving the white thread between the crosses

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I am not the neatest hand sewer, even with the dots to help me out. ¬†But it’s quite lovely all the same.

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Boring mending?  Definitely not. Enjoyable mending?  Most definitely.

I loved sitting down with the kids, I rarely do it. ¬†They watched ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ while I stitched away.

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Make Do & Mend Workshop

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I was asked recently if I would teach at this amazing workshop set up by my local council.  What an honour to be asked!  Of course I said yes.

I will be helping fix those holes, hem them hems, cuff those cuffs, stitch, mend, elasticate, zip, patch, embroider and try some visible mending techniques.   Generally helping breathe some life back into those once forgotten items that were destined for landfill.

It’s a great initiative and it should be a lot¬†of fun. ¬†So if you are local and would like to come along and mend with some likeminded menders, like me, please join us on Sunday.

And check it out, my legs even made the poster!