Mend Your Jeans
mend - (noun) a repair in a material
Denim was designed specifically to be a workhorse fabric. But as this utilitarian cotton corduroy became mainstream fashion, it has been reformulated to stretch, soften, and have less body (aka it’s thin). Especially for us ladies, our jeans, unless going for the rugged 100% cotton raw denim pair, don’t always hold the definition of their original intent; sturdy and protective.
I am denim obsessed, and it’s the first thing I go to when getting dressed. But, even investing in high quality brands (Levi, DL1961) I am still disappointed with the longevity of the fabric. I wear and tear mostly the inner thigh and butt (insert eye rolling emoji here). I have yet to try the raw denim that some people swear by, but it is on the list for sure.
I have to give credit where credit is due. My boyfriend who recently sent me a picture of his jeans is the inspiration behind this blog post. I’d say he is a denim guy for sure. The image was of a light pair of distressed cut off shorts and a darker denim pant with a caption of “Same style and wash.” He had worn and washed the cutoffs down to be light and distressed and then gave them a second life as cut offs. People pay big bucks for destroyed jeans, and he has just had his forever, like 10 years!
I, on the other hand, bought distressed jeans, and after wearing them a year, they were on their way to becoming too distressed. The thighs were rubbing out, the original rips were just a touch too open and the butt was getting a little thin. We had some mending to do.
I was mending my paid distressed jeans and he was mending his worn distressed jeans, which (as a side note) women’s jeans are not made to last as long as men’s. Either it’s the fact we want our jeans to be soft and stretch or we are bigger shoppers and companies want to capitalize on that (we’re suckers to fast fashion).
I reinforced his pockets where his phone rubbed through and where seams started to deteriorate. I added patches to the opened distressed rips and added an extra layer of denim to the butt and inner thigh. These little tricks were so easy to do. If you want to learn how, then keep an eye out for a mending workshop I am putting together!