Mending Mojo

My sewing mojo ebbed after the pants-fitting debacle and the ass-awkward plaid skirt mess. I decided to take a month off from sewing. Instead, I worked on mending and improving a few me-made and RTW garments.

I have a bad habit of thinking “good enough” when I am done with a project, even if a few fussy details aren’t perfect. I like to wear things a few times and assess if I need to tweak the fit, change a detail or fix a flub. I also want to be sure, frankly, that I really like something I’ve made before I’ll commit more time and materials to it.

I assessed some recent makes and put a few in a “mending pile”:

Simplicity 3688: Fix the wonky topstitching on one of the rear pockets.
skirt front
Sew down the kick pleat better in this Burda 6895 skirt so it doesn’t bunch up when I sit, and sew the hip buttons down more securely.
The sleeve hems in this Simplicity 8174 jacket are a bit twisted with the lining. Need to fix this!
Same with this Deer & Doe Arum dress – the sleeves of the fabric and lining don’t play well together and they’re a skosh tight.
My husband likes these shorts from Kwik Sew 4045, but the back pockets are too shallow for his cellphone – I need to extend them.
The lining hem on this Brooklyn skirt from Colette’s Seamwork magazine is wonky and shows a bit in the back.

This pile of mending should keep me busy for a couple of weeks, by which time I hope the spring weather will have arrived and I can get excited about sewing again!

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

2 thoughts on “Mending Mojo”

  1. Pants fitting sucks away even the most boisterous sewjo. I feel your pain. 🙂 I also feel similarly when faced with alterations, yet when I do actually force myself to get through them, I always wonder why I procrastinated. Somehow I never seem to learn that lesson though. Good luck with your mending pile.


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