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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Winter is not finished with us yet

Clearly winter is not finished . . . it was a tad nippy in the night and very damp and gloomy first thing. When the cloud eventually lifted a little, the evidence of a very chilly wet night was clear to see.







So it was logical to get out this morning and buy new summer clothes for us both, as you do.   We both hate clothes shopping, and something which never happens is (a) find a shop which has exactly the short sleeved polo shirts which Management lives in and (b) has tops that fit me and are not half-zip fleeces (which I normally live in).  So that's us sorted for the rest of the year.  The same number of tops which came in have gone out to the charity shop bag.



The other thing which never happens is for us to stop in a store and have something to eat/drink, but we did and my hot chocolate was absolutely deeelish - and did not send the blood glucose into orbit, so that's a good result.  Less said about my companion's indulgent elevenses the better, but he had the decency not to be able to finish it all!





Despite it brightening up after lunch I wasn't in the mood to be outside, so a little finishing up in the textile department.

It is probably as long ago as Christmas that I made patches to repair two favourite pairs of jeans.  This is so far out of my comfort zone it needs a whole new language to describe how hard this is for me.  I have immense respect for anyone who makes clothes, particularly the brave souls who subject themselves to The Great British Sewing Bee which finished last night.  Adore the programme, so inspirational, and Juliet was the right winner.



I thoroughly enjoy sewing both by hand and machine, but neither activity is pleasant inside a finished trouser leg . . . not sure if my messy combination of machine sewing and thick 'jeans stitch' thread will work, but it's done and at least I can now wear the jeans again.










28 comments:

  1. Your elevenses look delicious. I like hand sewing too and it is satisfying to repair things. People actually pay to buy ripped jeans. I cannot get my head around that.

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    1. Thanks Jean, and welcome to Bag End :-) I do not understand why people would pay to get jeans which are going to look like this after a few months hard work!

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  2. That's _snow_ on "them-tharrrr-hills"!!!!

    New clothes in....Old ones out!!! Perfect! Marie Kondo would be proud.

    Can't imagine trying to sew insides of pants! You did wonderfullllllly.

    Would love hot chocolate, but can not have chocolate. Or any Caffeine. -snifffff- :-)

    Oh and me tooooo! I hate to shop for clothes. Well, for anything. I buy clothing, on line, from places I have used for years.

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    1. Thanks Wisp. It makes sense to send 5 shirts out for the 5 which came in - I have more clothes than I wear and there is no point cramming the wardrobe. I "ought" to get rid of more but I don't want to :-)

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  3. Dear Jayne
    Excellent embracing of Wabi-sabi with your jeans repair. You made a great job of them too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Cheers Ellie, it is indeed Wabi-sabi style. Not sure if the hand-sewn repairs will last - there are denim patches on the inside but the jeans-stitch thread might not survive gardening.

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  4. Love the stitching on your mending. I too enjoyed watching the Sewing Bee, but wondered about the short time they get to make anything. Bev

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    1. Hi Beverley, it is just a basic running stitch and certainly could not be achieved in the time given to Sewing Bee contestants. I cannot see the pleasure in having to rush against the clock like that.

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  5. Weird weather here today - top of the van full of frost when I got up, sunshine, cloud, rain, more sun, sleet, rain, then more sun, and a h-u-g-e black cloud when I got home from work this evening. I don't envy you patching the jeans, I'd have binned them and got new ones. Many years ago I made a lot of my own clothes and used to enjoy sewing but not now, I've neither the time nor the patience, in fact I don't think I even possess a needle and reel of thread now. The elevenses look delicious, in fact I could drink that hot chocolate right now :)

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    1. We saw slushy stuff falling off car roofs when we went out and drove through sleety snow at one point. I've no idea what was in the hot chocolate because it was artificially thick, but it was delicious and a rare treat.

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  6. Weird weather here today - top of the van full of frost when I got up, sunshine, cloud, rain, more sun, sleet, rain, then more sun, and a h-u-g-e black cloud when I got home from work this evening. I don't envy you patching the jeans, I'd have binned them and got new ones. Many years ago I made a lot of my own clothes and used to enjoy sewing but not now, I've neither the time nor the patience, in fact I don't think I even possess a needle and reel of thread now. The elevenses look delicious, in fact I could drink that hot chocolate right now :)

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  7. Those patches would be a bugger to sew. I think I'd have just used a press on patch and called it done. You know, I do miss an outing for a good coffee. We make good stuff here at home but there's something about the atmosphere of a good coffee shop. One of the prices we pay for the lovely little town where we live. There actually is a coffee shop here but the atmosphere isn't so conducive to lingering.

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    1. Thanks Sue, a stick on patch would not survive long in the garden, but it would have been quicker and easier :-)

      I'm not one for lingering in coffee shops, never have been, even though there are far more in our little town than I can imagine we need.

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  8. Ripped jeans are the fashion now don't you know, I think they look awful myself. I don't patch jeans, I'd be buying new if that were me. I watched the final of the Sewing Bee and Juliet was indeed the worthy winner. The weather has been awful here too, I was caught out in a hailstone shower on Tuesday while walking Annie and yesterday I wore a calf length skirt, no tights and my legs were red with the cold. Returned home and made my own hot chocolate with squirty cream and marshmallows :)

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    1. Hi Eileen, I have massive difficulty finding jeans which fit and are comfortable so I will patch the good ones until they completely fall apart.

      You went out in a skirt with no tights? - dear girl, you are completely bonkers. No wonder you got cold. Hope the hot chocolate warmed you up.

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  9. I would rather make some new than mend it.

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    1. Far more votes for replace than repair - clearly another area in which I am out of step with the majority 🙂

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    2. I was brought up with my mother's mentality - make do and mend - which I would do at one time but these days it's very much a 'throw away' society and much easier to buy new instead mending. Incidentally, I just noticed my previous comment has appeared twice - Blogger having an off-day?

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    3. Eunice, don't get the wrong idea - I am not one of these clever souls who can reuse and repurpose everything, but jeans are something I find exceptionally hard to buy so I want them to last (and scuffing around on my knees in the garden is terribly hard on fabric)! As for your double comment, consider yourself blessed by Blogger, clearly it thought what you had to say was so good we needed it twice. 😃😄

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  10. I'm not a big fan of clothes shopping either & I buy underwear as necessary, & other stuff only when it's on special. I will admit to having to buy occasionally on holiday when the weather plays silly & I've either not got cool/warm clothes with me.(giggle). Mending is a real chore, but I do it so my clothes last longer & even though I used to make all my own clothes & the kids when younger, I hate repairing "bought" things, but yours look nice and neat. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. You sound so like me (again, ha ha), I buy undies about once very two years - bulk packs in M&S, very glamorous!! Getting an extra jumper or light shirt whilst on holiday doesn't count {hug}.

      Am wearing one of the repaired jeans in the garden this morning and they seem fine so far, I was concerned that the inside of the patches would rub and might be uncomfortable.

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  11. Lucky you - my jeans always give way between the thighs, no the best place for patches! :-))

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  12. I love your style of clothes shopping. I've just had a good sort through my wardrobe this afternoon and there are many things that need replacing for those times when I need to look presentable. I'd be happy to spend my days walking through the fields but apparently that's not possible. I don't like clothes shopping either. X

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    1. Like you Jules, I'm most comfortable in outdoor clothes but even I have rare occasions when a fleece and patched jeans won't do! If I can shop twice a year (once for summer stuff and once for winter) then that is more than enough for me.

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  13. It's been one of those weeks where we've had every type of weather going! Everything from sunshine to wind, rain, snow and hail!

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    1. Same here Nikki-ann, but having just seen the Countryfile forecast for the next few days, it looks like "oop North" could be quite nice, although a tad nippy. But I will take that over rain and hail :-)

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