Sometimes I enjoy doing a little mending (as long as I don't let it pile up!) For me it's a nice time to pause and give a needed item a little TLC to extend it's wear.
Today, I thought I would share the items I have been working on.
This fuzzy drawstring purse belongs to my 6-year old niece. The polyester lining was tearing badly so, I ripped it out and made a new lining out of a thicker silky material and sewed it inside. My nieces little 2-year old brother also enjoys playing with it (I can just imagine the cars and trucks that go inside!) Well, anyway it is ready for them to enjoy using again!
I wish I had a mannequin to put this Victorian coat on to show you because this picture just doesn't do it justice. This is probably the most interesting item in my wardrobe. A few years ago in December I was browsing e-bay for vintage clothing items. My eyes fell on this coat and I was intrigued by it. It is handmade out of a very soft black velvet. It is completely lined and includes a hood with rabbit fur on the edge (which is still in excellent condition.) I ended up winning the bid which I was so excited about. Unfortunately, the seller bought it at a thrift store and so she didn't know it's history which is too bad. The coat is a little narrow across my shoulders and so one of the seams gave way a little bit. With just a few stitches it was fine. I've had to mend the hem several times and other seams as well. I like to think about who made those first stitches and what events she wore the coat to. I was a big fan of the Betsy-Tacy books written by Maud Hart Lovelace when I was a girl. I like to think, like those girls, that she went a courtin' in the winter time wearing this Victorian beauty. Yes, I am a bit of a romantic if you can't tell!! But, isn't it fun to imagine?
Well, this is what I have been up to. I am off to hem some boy scout pants for a friend of mine.
Have a nice weekend!