as such, for the inaugural mending monday i'll tackle something i hate doing but always need to do: mending holes in jeans (thighs not knees). i bought these jeans in 2004 (which makes them 8 years old!) back when low rise/hip hugger flares were still in style. <that sentence makes me feel so old>. and they've already seen their share of mending. the thighs have already been darned once, which extended their life by many wears already. now the whole area around the darning is worn out, though, so it's time for some reinforcing.
trim the fabric down to be just a bit bigger than the worn area. a smaller seam allowance won't last as long but will be less visible so it really comes down to the size and area of the hole how big an sa you can get away with.
pin and zig zag around the edges of the patch, pivoting at the corners.
|you can see the stitching around the holes|
these jeans are terribly threadbare, and what else can you expect from 8 year old jeans that cost $5 at target on clearance. really that's less than a dollar a year which is a steal if you think about it. i'd probably throw them out but they're just so comfy. that and they take me back. you know, back in the day when this outfit would actually have been in style hah!
the stitching is actually pretty hard to see unless i stand funny like this:
and why did i only have 4 pins to use on this? every other pin i used was in this:
|pinned piping; it's all sewn now|
after an epic two day struggle i finally have piping. i'm pretty much a piping noob but i want to use this piping with the fabric below for the luka hoodie from sewing for boys. we'll see how it goes...