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I suspect many of us have a mending pile which seems to just grow. Let’s face it’s far more fun to be learning/sewing some new creation. However my desire to tidy tackle the sewing room meant it could not be put off any longer.
1. A skirt I made for my daughter.
The elastic from the original enormous skirt remodelled had lost its elasticity. As I had used the original waistband I was not able to remove the elastic and feed in a replacement. The quickest option was to sew on top a new piece. I measured my daughters waist and cut elastic to the correct waist measurement. I stretched this out as I sewed.
2. Daughters dress.
Remember this dress? She wore it for the first time last weekend, and she had grown somewhat! Having had a recent conversation re suitable clothing for a girl I felt it was a little short. I chopped it below the arm holes, turned over the top twice, zigzagged down and finally threaded elastic through. One new skirt:)
A much loved pair expensive pair of jeans, turned from black to grey and a zip which just won’t stay shut (the black cardigan is to demonstrate just how grey the trousers really are). Firstly, following a twitter chat (makeandmendhour, 8-9pm Thursday evenings) I was encouraged to invest in a dye – tada BLACK jeans.
Now on to the zip, replacing the zip is beyond my sewing skills but I came across this nifty tricky – place a ring in the zip, and loop it over the button (prior to feeding the button through the button hole).
The zip can no longer undo on it’s own:)
4. Trousers – take two
These are charity shop purchase of Marks & Spencer’s navy trousers. Made with stretchy cotton they are perfect for being transformed into a skinny fit. I used the above trousers as a template. Turning both inside out, and ensuring the fly and waistband were lined up exactly I used tailors chalk to mark down the outside of each leg. Pinned cut, and then sewn I am delighted with the finished result.
Finally the co-ordinating blouse – lets just say I never finished the mending adjusting pile!! I found the top at a jumble sale, and for 20p it is the perfect top to have a go at adjusting to a smaller size. I bit more thought I think prior to scissors, any tips, as always very welcome:)
I hope I won’t leave my mending pile to grow so big next time, they were so quick and easy to alter or repair.
I hope you have had a productive week:) As usual I am off to check out fellow Handmade Harbour creative:)