Hey, do you remember this? It's time to mend!
Many of you keep asking me how I repair my old clothes, so I made a little tutorial.
I'm joking, no one asked.... But I did it anyway.
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Pic1: don't forget to use a fabric of the same era for repairs, it will be more visually coherent and appealing. For this jacket, I saved extra fabric from the lining in the back.
I used a style of mending that I saw on old Japanese textiles but also American and European, at around the same period.
Pic2: On the inside of the jacket, fold the edges of the hole, iron them and sew them with a tacking stitch to keep them flat. The stitches aren't necessary if the iron keeps the fold well flat.
Pic3: always on the inside, place the piece of fabric against the hole, take care to keep sufficient room between the hole and the edge of the fabric. The piece is fixed with pins to prevent it from moving.
Pic4: sew the piece with a tacking stitch again (I reused the old threads that kept the extra fabric on the back. Then I used old French thread because my Japanese sashiko thread is too light)
Pic5 & 6: the jacket is turned over, and the folded edges are sewn with a straight stitch. The stitches are the size of a Short grain rice (Japonica). Pic7: once it's done, step back, drink a Belgium beer, a glass of Bordeaux or whatever the fuck you want and admire your work.
And last but not least, I don't have enough cloth to align the fabric patterns between the piece and the jacket but think about it if you are not in my situation.
Thanks for reading this.
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