The Magic of Mending
If a woman from a hundred years ago time-traveled to the world of today, one of the things that would totally blow her mind would be the size of the modern woman’s wardrobe!! In those days, the average American owned a fraction of the number of clothes we do today. How did they get by with just a handful of options? They relied heavily on accessories to add pizzazz, and were very good at what we call “dressing up or dressing down” an outfit. But they also took very good care of their garments and practiced the art of mending. I say “art” because it really does take patience and skill to get good at mending. In today’s world, it can be so tempting to throw out something when it gets a tear, or it pulls, or a seam comes undone. But I encourage you to bring your beloved but battered clothing to me for a repair instead! Not only will you extend the life of the clothing you already own, but you will also be helping the planet by not contributing to clothing waste. To learn more about the environmental problems caused by “fast fashion”, click here. If you would like to learn how to mend yourself, I have found the book Modern Mending by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald to be a helpful resource. And if you’d like to see some examples of mending, please check out my Instagram post found here.