An idea devised by The Snail of Happiness…
The Husband of Chiconia drives a great big B-double fuel tanker, and even in these scary times, he’s still driving it; Australia still needs fuel. One of the things he has to do in his very long 14-hour day is take a couple of fatigue-management breaks. Usually, there’s a spot of napping, since he’s of the lucky sort that can sleep anywhere, any time.
To aid this process, years ago I made him a couple of cushions to go with the truck quilt I constructed from his old work shirts. The cushion front was made from recycled work jeans, and the back from leftover flannel from backing the quilt. Their hard life is now showing badly, and a serious mending was needed. They’ve been mended before, but the fabric was giving way around the mend.
Job No. 1 done.
For Job No. 2, I had two pairs of his work pants to mend. They always go at the centre seam, around the seat, probably because he spends so much time sitting on that area in the course of his 14 hour day shift and 10 hour night shift. The trousers are usually perfectly serviceable everywhere else, so I refuse to throw them away, even when already mended (sometimes several times).
I have a basket of patching material cut from the legs of previous pairs, so I select a piece the right size. I pull the edges of the tear together with either batting tape or fusible interfacing. If it’s bad, I’ll do some freehand machine darning. After that, I press a narrow hem all round the patch. I then pin the patch in place and go round the edge with a wide blanket stitch, which secures it very well. The trick is to ensure the patch lies flat while you sew it in place, and to ensure you don’t sew it to any other part of the garment! Anyway, here are both pairs. One with its first patch, one with a new one overlying a previous repair. He doesn’t get carefully colour-coordinated patching, mainly because it’s not an option, he gets whatever blue patches are available, but also because 90% of the time, he’s actually sitting on the evidence!
Job No. 2 done too!