Before I embark on my next dress, I thought I’d start off 2016 fixing a few items that are in bad shape that I wear all the time.
First up, these mittens!
Ouch. No bueno in the thumb area.
So, why fix them? Well, you’d think I could find rockin’ Thinsulate mittens here in NYC, but apparently it’s only THESE 22-year old gifted Canadian mittens that actually keep me toasty. After buying many replacement pairs that turned out to really not cut it, I realized I needed to make these bad boys last, especially given the intensely cold winters we’ve been having the past few years (much less the 12F we had today). That said, the thumb area in particular is deteriorating. I have resewn them many times already but they just kept getting worse. Having seen this tutorial about darning on Colette Blog a month or so ago, I thought it was time to give actual darning a shot.
I didn’t have a direct match of embroidery thread, so I went with a coordinating lavender Perle cotton I had on hand, got out my grandmother’s darning ‘thing’, shoved it in the thumb and started sewing. They don’t look good – at all – darning is rather tricky it turns out, but the thumb areas feel solid again. (If this doesn’t work, I’ll likely make a little patch for each thumb.)
So there you go. Ready (enough) for winter!
Have any of you darned anything? I’m especially curious about woven fabrics. I have a much beloved shirt with a tear in it – I’m wondering if I matched the thread if it would end up being invisible enough to wear again. Thoughts?