Mend It Monday #9

“If it’s not worth mending, it’s not worth buying” …

This week I’ve finally got round to repairing something that has been in the mending pile for a couple of years. The reason I haven’t done it before was that I wasn’t sure a mend was really possible. It’s a loose cotton tunic made of very delicate fabric, and after a lot of wear, one of the sleeves just started to disintegrate:

It’s too delicate to embroider onto or to back it with fusible interfacing which only left patching it. I chose a scrap of Tana Lawn, which is fine but robust and edged that before stitching it over the problem area. I made sure that one edge was along the cuff, so that I could sew into multiple layers for strength. After it was attached (a difficult job because of working inside a sleeve) I managed a few rows of stitching across for reinforcement.

To be honest, I’m not sure this mend will last long, but we’ll see. If the fabric turns out to be too weak to hold the patch, I’ll just make it into a short-sleeved garment rather than a long-sleeved one.

So, have you mended anything this week? If you’ve written a post about mending recently, do share a link to it – I love to see how other people manage to extend the lives of the things they own.

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19 Comments

  1. Delicate fabrics do tend to just gently fade away – a bit like old soldiers 🙂 Good luck with it. I have mended nothing this week!

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  2. giving the tunic a chance, sounds like a good idea…I have only mended “me” this week and there isn’t much to report, although I did make a post about it today …the firsts. Including revamping an older piece of mixed media to be something new. And it’s going to be shown in an online exhibit sometime soon…

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  3. I wonder if you will wear it now. When fabric wears very this in places I cut it up and use the good pieces in new projects and use the worn out bits as rags.

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  4. It’s hard letting go of beloved garments, which is why I love quiltmaking: you can always resurrect the scraps and be reminded of the pleasure it gave you. I do like this mend, you’ve chosen a very sympathetic fabric, so I hope it lasts for you.
    I managed another mend this week; the link is here:
    (https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/mend-it-monday-2)

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    • Nice mend.
      I’m going to keep this one going as long as I can, but there’s quite a bit of fabric in it and I can think of one or two potential projects when it does finally have to be retired.

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  5. You have got me tackling my mending pile. I was going to write a post but don’t have time to do that and keep up with my Blessings series so it will have to come later.

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  6. I am impressed! And short sleeves are a great solution. I mended two small holes in my top sheets. Not the greatest looking job, but they are mended, and with any luck the holes will not get any bigger.

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  7. Hi! Just wanted to chime in and say I’m glad you like my quote about mending, it’s fun to see it spread, and that you’re doing a fantastic job with your mending projects! Keep it up!
    (www.instagram.com/evakittelsen)

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    • Interestingly the quote came from an old friend of mine, Sarah… but wherever it originated it’s so true 😉

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      • Haha, alright. I just assumed she’d picked it up somewhere after @fash_rev shared it on Instagram.

        Anyway, I’ve made a Facebook group called MyVisibleMend, made it last week and we’re over 1100 people already! Mostly Norwegian for now but a few hundred who are not. I think you’d enjoy it and you’re welcome to share links to your blog there! We’d love yo have you 😊

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  8. Claire

     /  April 13, 2020

    I am on stay at home holidays so I finally attacked my mending pile, dating from years ago! Some repairs are projects and others such as a blue shirt whose bottom hem only needed to be resewn are quick wins. Another week left, I hope to get at least the quick wins done and the “projects” listed

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