But I want to want to do more of our mending. I aspire to be all kinds of Depression-era/wartime thrifty, resourceful, and virtuous (don't we all?).
Remember Joe's "old man jeans," which I made last November? I called them old man jeans because they are (a) pleated front and high waisted; and (b) made from vivid, deep, bright blue denim.
Well, Joe wore them to death this past winter, and while they are still pleated and high-waisted, they are no longer bright blue. In fact, they are now soft, faded, and starting to blow out at the knees. But they still fit (mostly), and I think they still have some life left in them.
|Joe now wears through his clothes before growing out of them. Not because he isn't growing fast, but because he is that hard on clothes.|
Inspired by Mikhaela and her darning, I decided to "make do and mend" and patch the knees. I figured this warranted using some of my new and super-precious Echino choo-choo trains (more projects with this fabric coming soon!). The trains don't really go with the band-aid flannel lining on these pants, but you rarely see the lining when the pants are in use anyway.
|Band-aids and trains.|
The hardest part of patching knees is getting those darn knees under the sewing machine foot! If anything, this is even harder with little boy pants than it is with giant man pants. Rolling the pants up helps some, but it is still pretty tricky.
I went very simple and just zig-zagged around the knee-patches. Done and done.
And here are some photos of the semi-old-man-jeans in action.When I put them on Joe this morning, he was excited at first, then annoyed and wanted "different pants!" and then got over it and wore his train-patched pants happily. Life with an almost-three-year-old!!
|Train patches, train t-shirts, toy trains, and random detritus.|
|Walking on the train tracks.|
Steve always blows out the knees in his jeans too. Do you think he would like train fabric knee-patches? (He might!)