You wouldn’t know it now, but these jeans were once Casual Friday office attire.
Then they morphed into my go-to comfortable yard work and housework jeans. Then a knee blew out. Then the other knee went. With two holey knees they were stylish, so heck yes, I kept wearing them. Now they’ve reached the point where the denim is falling apart in places.
I don’t need to keep the jeans, but they are darn comfortable. So, I started using them to experiment with patchwork. A dig through my stash ensued. Flowers from this barkcloth print now cover the knee holes.
Some chambray strips from old curtains, are now a woven patch to reinforce the worst weak spot in the denim. It’s working well.
For the next fix, I want to mask the stained sides, where I’ve wiped my hands way too many times. I’ve removed a pocket, which shows what color the fabric used to be.
I’ll put the pocket back on, but maybe not in the same spot.
My mom used these iron-on patches on my brother’s jeans all the time when we were little. They didn’t last that long on little boys’ jeans. The patch edges would start lifting, and then the patches could be peeled off. I might find a way to use these on my jeans.
The patchwork will be a continuous work in progress. There are more places to repair now or soon, and as I wear the jeans, they will keep developing new areas to be patched.
Hopefully the jeans will keep looking better as I add to them, so that someday they warrant showing in another post.
Not a blue jeans song, because this creative process is about thinking outside the lines and beyond the obvious.