Case in point: Mending.
Of course, the moment I spent a bucket of cash on school uniforms, all the girls started literally ripping through their other clothes. I am determined to not buy clothes while we're here in Australia, mostly because I'm trying to save money to buy massive amounts of winter clothing when we land back in the States in the middle of winter, and also because most of the clothes that are wearing out are old, and on their last recipient (Junebug).
However, I have a thing about throwing away fabric. I can't do it. If we were home, I'd launch all these into the fabric stash pile, to be used in some fashion in a future sewing project. But we're not home, and I'm not going to transport ripped clothing halfway around the world, so I decided, since I "have time" now, to see if I could fix the offending articles.
Armed with a few Pinterest images, and some handy how-to from The Beating Hearth, I mended this pair of Junebug's pants, backing the hole with her "favorite" fabric that I'm using in her Star Spangled Diamonds quilt. I extended the darning out quite a bit, as the fabric of her pants is very thin throughout the entire lower leg.
Pleased with my progress, I tackled a pair of Bluebird's pants, which still have to last through two more girls:
That one didn't turn out as well; I should have cut away the loose threads. Ah, well. I'm amused by the "Utah-shaped" darning.
I'm still learning, but I've managed to save two pairs of pants with my mediocre skill! That's a skill in which to invest! I'm unsure about the weaving part when you're done with the lines of stitching...it seems unnecessary.
Of course, mending takes time, which meant I wasn't able to work on my other creative projects as much as usual, so progress on those was small this last week. But I saved two pairs of pants, which is totally worth a little delay on extra-curriculars. (At least, it's worth it to me.) Also, it's surprisingly satisfying to mend clothing. Maybe I'll try to unearth some articles out of the stash pile when we return home?