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mending: winter coat

My winter coat isn’t perfect, but I really like it. It’s wearing out but I would rather mend it than try to replace it. (Someday I’ll make myself a new winter coat, but that day is not today.) This is … Continue reading

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organic, free range, cruelty-free, artisanal mending

This mending project must be all those things to explain why I didn’t finish until more than two years after I started! I had darning needles and cotton yarn that was a good colour match for the sweater, but I … Continue reading

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shirt shortening, round 2

OK, now to the good stuff – stuff for me! I bought these two linen shirts on sale (a few weeks apart) two, maybe three summers ago. My regular size seemed unusually narrow in the shoulders so I went up … Continue reading

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shirt shortening, round 1

Here’s another low-risk project to get the sewing juices flowing. My husband bought four linen-cotton shirts – same cut, different colours – something like 5 years ago. He once mentioned that he found them a little long and if I … Continue reading

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20 Nov 2011 MAF

I know there must be at least a few people out in internet-land who actually mend clothes. Zoe, of ‘So, Zo…’, subscribes to the notion of “Make do and mend”, which she most recently discussed here. Mending isn’t exactly glamourous. … Continue reading

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12 Oct 2011 MAF

I can’t believe I found more of these projects to work on! 1. Green sweater. Mending: a vertical seam on the turtleneck had popped – easy to stitch closed again. 2. Wine tie-dye skirt. (I got so many people visiting … Continue reading

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8 Oct 2011 MAF

Today’s alteration was to add a removable and washable sweatband to a summer hat. Here’s the hat: It may look somewhat familiar. I wanted a strip of fabric that was about 1ΒΌ” wide, with a fold on one side and … Continue reading

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