Challenge Rule 5: Repair and Mend, Alter as Necessary

I come from a crafty family. When we were little, our mother used to make our clothes. I thought this was completely normal. I mean, Ramona Quimby’s mother made her clothes. (I was reminded of this recently because I’ve been reading the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary to my boys.)

My amazing sister, our hottie Grandma and me,
in matchy-matchy homemade dresses, circa 1981

For this reason, I am not afraid of a sewing machine. And although my skills may not be as advanced as my mother’s, I can pin well enough and sew a straight line enough to alter my own clothes. I rarely spend very much money on any one piece of clothing, so really, if altering can help me love something, then I will do it proudly. But since I didn’t spend much on it, I won’t feel terrible if I ruin it in the process!

I have also come face to face with the reality that some of my favorite clothes (handknit sweaters, notably), are aging and either I repair them or I ditch them. I have chose the repair route.

Elbow patches: not just for old men anymore.

This part of the challenge will be the most time consuming, because I have a pile of things that need to get fixed about a mile high, not to mention the holes I discover daily in my favorite sweaters, which I fix over breakfast.

In preparation for this challenge, I bought myself a little sewing kit for Christmas with sixty different color threads. I actually had the thought this better last until the day I die. Sixty spools of thread is a lot of thread.

Key Performance Indicator

I will mend at least one item per day over the next year and keep a note of it, so I know how long the repair lasts. As the year progresses, I will improve my mending/darning skills so that my repairs last longer.

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

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