In Which the Frugal Paragon Mends Her Mom Jeans
We all have our crosses to bear. Being someone who is made fun of for being too skinny has never been one of my personal crosses.
Being a lady not plagued by “thigh gap,” my jeans always wear out in the same place–along the inseam. Now, I just bought new jeans this season! No more than six months ago. And already, the fabric was pulling apart at the inseam. It offends my frugal sensibilities to buy a second pair of jeans in one season. Besides, I hate to buy new clothes at the end of the season because I always hope that I will miraculously change sizes during the off-season.
So, inspired by the words of my father, who always encouraged me to jump right in to a repair project by pointing out, “You can’t make it worse. You already need a new one,” I decided to try mending them to see if I could get them to limp along until shorts season.
The approved method would be to patch the area from the inside, but I wasn’t sure how a patch would work right over the seam area. So instead, I decided to try sewing about a quarter inch in from the old seam, creating a new one just for the length of the pull. I was afraid that using my sewing machine would make a mess of it, so I sewed by hand. In retrospect, though, I kind of wish I had tried the machine. It took me a full episode of House of Cards to sew by hand, and hand-sewing denim is hard work.
For now, though, it’s holding. I am no longer in imminent danger of developing a large and embarrassing rip the next time I squat down to wipe a toddler nose. Let’s file that under “success,” shall we? Now if I can just figure out something to do about those tiny little holes that all my knit shirts develop…
What about you, readers? What half-assed (or full-fledged) repairs are you trying lately?