Mending one of those things that I have fallen into by necessity through wearing vintage. If you've worn true vintage, I'm sure you have had the experience of a popped seam, fallen hem, or loose button that needed to be fixed. (I've even had those happen while I was wearing them... which is why I recommend all vintage wearers carry a tiny sewing kit in their purse at all times, ha!)
Not many people know how to mend nowadays! While people of yesteryear always mended their clothing ("make do and mend" was a real thing!), I can honestly say I never thought to mend clothing until I wore vintage. If a shirt got a hole in it when I was younger, I figured it was ruined and usually threw it out. No longer!
Fixing garments, I've found, is a unique skill. It's not exactly the same as sewing a garment. It takes some ingenuity and creativity!
The 1930s and 40s were especially good at clever mending fixes due to poverty and war shortages. They used mending tape embellishments to fix torn buttonholes and cover other flaws. They embroidered over flaws and dyed garments to cover stains. If you'd like some vintage mending inspiration, here are a few of my favorite examples and resources:
1940s Darning from Colette
"How to Mend After Moth"
"How to Patch an Overall" by Mrs. Sew and Sew
So, here are my action steps for today:
How do you guys feel about mending? Have you learned any useful tips or have any favorite mending resources?