On Sunday afternoon, after returning from church (to find two Jehovah’s Witnesses on our doorstep waiting for us) I surveyed the house with the eye of domestic goddess in training, perhaps a demigoddess?
Sunday was the day to do the pile of mending. Andy has two new pairs of zip off trouser/shorts for work, and within days had broken some of the belt loops on both pairs. To be fair, this is because the belt loops were attached with a some what measly three stitches without any reinforcing. The loops were also completely different sizes, meaning his belt would only go through some of the loops. Hooray! A project,I am exceedingly short of projects, oh yes, I only have one full set of shelves of half completed projects, and a horribly jumbled filing cabinet drawer in the left-hand side of my brain that makes me dizzy when I think of all of the things in it. So I needed a new project. At least this project was one of those that you pick up, do for an hour and then put away completed knowing that you have actually achieved something useful (knitted fairies perhaps less so!). Someone from church needed a skirt re-hemming, Andy had holes in his trouser pockets, two jackets needed the shoulder pads removing to make them potentially wearable, my wedding shawl had a nick in it the was going to start to unravel into a huge run if not darned swiftly, and after that I should finally get some Etsy stuff done.
Well I tackled the skirt first because sewing a nice long straight line around a skirt that still had its hem pressed in was fun,and easy to do and get out of the way. Then came Andy’s shorts. All of the belt loops had to be detached at the bottom, lengthened and then sewn down and reinforced where they went into the belt band. This worked quite well for all but one of the loops, which someone had made drastically shorted than all of the others by folding the top part over too far, but had succeeded in making their bodged effort too painstaking to remove by heavily reinforcing the point at the top where it is attached (yet it was still attached by only 3 stitches at the bottom!) I swear whoever designed these trousers had been given the remit of ensuring they break somewhere within about 4 hours of being worn for the first time. I shouldn’t complain, people pay me to mend things, I should have a vested interest in people buying shoddy clothes that break, but unfortunately I bought these trousers, and wasn’t being paid to fix them, so it didn’t feel quite so profitable. Also it is much nicer to fix clothes that people really love and want to keep rather than fix built in flaws. Anyway. I succeeded in making the belt go through all of the loops as long as it is threaded and un-threaded without a person wearing them. Success. Trouser pockets followed and less than 15 minutes later they were finished, both pockets having been reinforced to mend the actual hole, and the almost hole wear Andy’s keys had ripped the seams.
Jackets- these, gifts from my grandma are the kind of thing that I guess I might wear, but certainly not with shoulder pads in. So first to open up the lining along the bottom, then to reach in and just pull out the disintegrating foam- which was dusty and nasty, and then to resew the seam, but unfortunately not with my trusty sewing machine. I had to slip stitch the seams shut on both jackets by hand. My wedding shawl is also now darned, and the hole is barely noticeable.
Hooray, my pile of mending thus reduced to one dress that needs to be shortened that I always decide to do when there is nobody else around to pin it up I decided to get on with Etsy product listing. At which point my laptop decides to not play ball, repeatedly, for 3 hours, including several forced shut downs when even the task manager stopped responding.
Clearly the people who said I would make a great wife since I was 16 and took it upon myself to feed cakes and other goodies to everyone at every opportunity had a point. At least I seem to be thwarted less often by vegetables and mending than by my computer, which only seems to fail when I have something actually useful to do with it!
Lots more to list, so maybe I should get on and do that then! Oh, and there are still over 20 courgettes in the kitchen. Stir fry with noodles and, if I start feeling better and can get up and do stuff later today, maybe even that Fruit and Nut chocolate courgette cake I mentioned!