What do you do when the stylish, distressed tear on your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans rips out more than you’d like? Throw them out? Nope!
Enter visible mending. It’s a trend I stumbled on while browsing my Instagram feed, and all the pretty fibers and graphic stitching caught my eye.
The idea is simple – make art out of repairing your clothes.
Visible mending is inexpensive as it requires only a needle, some thread or embroidery floss, and scrap fabric. I love that clothes are given a whole new life that is not only beautiful, but also functional. It’s a whimsical way to embrace the flaws and push against the fast fashion’s throwaway culture.
I picked up my supplies from a local craft store, and trimmed the scrap fabric to the right size. I decided to use a simple sashiko stitch and I followed the instructions from the Design Sponge post, Three Easy Ways to Mend Fabric, Inspired by Japanese Textiles.
I can now confidently sport my boyfriend jeans as wearable art.
I’ve been wearing these for several weeks, and after a few delicate washes, the repair has held up very well. If I were to do this again, I would chose a smaller thread. The thread I chose was quite thick, so it was difficult to stitch into the denim. Also, this was my first attempt as hand-stitching fabric, so my lack of experience was an added challenge.
I love how these turned out, but I’ve been thinking about going back to add another row of stitches between each row. What do you think? Should I add more rows of stitches for a denser look?
Share with us if you have experience repairing your pieces (tag us @dresswelldogood if you have photos), and let us know if you have a favorite way to mend clothes.