Mend it May

My mending pile is slowly engulfing the top shelf of my wardrobe. There are outposts in a corner of the study and on the coffee table in our living room. Mending is important to me, but I struggle to find the time to do it. In addition, I don’t often have the skills or knowhow to tackle mends efficiently and with confidence. Technically I’m having a ‘mend-it year’. Mend it May came along and reinspired me.

Mend it May was initiated by Jen Gale, as a celebration of all things repair. Jen wrote mending posts on her blog, ran a hashtag across Instagram and Twitter, and set up a group on Facebook. I came in late to this online mending party, so participating didn’t result in a large pile of finished mends for me. What it has been great for is the conversations on mending and see what everyone around the world is up to.

Mend 25 for #menditmay was a quick fix by the hubby of my charger cord.

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Looking at and reading about other’s repairs opened my eyes to different repair approaches. One person reinforced their charger cord with non-conductive fabric in their scraps pile. It’s so obvious, yet it never would have occurred to me! Someone else fixed the blade of their cheese slicer because they thought to google if replacement blades were available. I have a better idea of how to swiss darn thanks to a mender who blogged their own learnings.

I loved the resources that people posted up as well. Thanks to threads magazine, I’m now aware I can fix the droopy lining of my coat. It seems ridiculously obvious in retrospect! I’ve got a huge pile of plastics and fabric I’d like to upcycle, so a weaving page will be great inspiration. But most exciting of all, I was introduced to FixnZip: possibly the answer to the broken zip on my wallet!

Visible mend #menditmay stitched diagonally and with a bias cut patch as these jeans are stretchy. Trying to come up with #fivefactsaboutme as the inspiring @hannaontheroad asked a while back. Thank you! Let's see.. 1.Like Hanna Lisa, I too am on some version of #thejourney . As I figure out where I'm heading next, I blog about what I'm passionate about: slow fashion, handmade, and the problems of a fashion industry gone wild. 2. I love writing, but I'm still terrified of sticking my head out. 🙈 3. To soothe my nerves, therefore, I drink lots of tea. 4. Probably due to the fact that I'm half English and it's ingrained in me that a good cup of tea solves most things. 5. Inspired by @makeandmendlife I'm embracing mending this May, and most likely as a philosophy of life hereafter. It's surprisingly therapeutic. 🌾@kasia_and @sdurietz @claraundco would you lovely ladies like to share five facts about yourselves? No pressure, of course! 😊

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So what did I mend? Well, at the start of the month at Fix It, we cut off the broken clasp of a brooch, filed it back and glued on a new pin. I also glued together two pairs of sunglasses. This was exciting until I realised that in conveying them home I’ve managed to smear glue on the frames…one step forward, two steps back 😦

Most importantly, I attacked the frayed cuffs of my hoody. I’m tightly blanket stitching all around the cuff to essentially replace the fabric. My stitching is slowly getting better and I benefited from advice on the Mend It May Facebook group on why the ends are curling (it’s because the fabric is so old, it’s stretched). I haven’t finished this mend, but it’s definitely a long way closer 🙂

Blanket stitching reinforcing the cuff of a hoody.

Blanket stitching to reinforce the cuff of my hoody.

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5 Responses to Mend it May

  1. norma says:

    Interesting post. I think your mending tally isn’t at all bad.
    I’ve been dipping into the mending reports during May but didn’t join in. Still, it inspired me to say that I’m restarting my little clothing repair & alteration business. First alteration done – customer’s jeans don’t drag on the floor anymore….

    • cheliamoose says:

      Thanks for your kind words – I wrote this post ahead of time and scheduled it and I’m upset to say that WordPress posted an old draft, not the final piece. I’ve rewritten it and updated so you should be able to read what I intended you to see in the first place now.
      I’m interested to learn more about your business. I can see the need for it, but it seems very hard to charge what it actually costs in labour to repair clothes. How do you balance service affordability and business profitability?

      • norma says:

        I am quite quick at basic repairs like turning up jeans & trousers. I have an hourly rate that I think reasonable & I can usually manage in that time.
        I like to try to forge a relationship with people & when I did this work before most people would come back often. I encouraged them to give me a lot of things at once as that helps.
        I will never make much money but I like doing it.

  2. norma says:

    I have read your new post – I like the way your cuffs are. I would be very pleased with that effect – for myself I often mend my own stuff so you can see it.

  3. cheliamoose says:

    Thank you. I like the cuffs too 🙂 It’s good to know you’re fast with basic repairs and that both yourself and your customers are happy with the results. I don’t think I’m quite at your commercial speed yet!

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