These days, it’s easy enough to feel a sense of struggle—I wouldn’t want to say futility—around mending when clothes are so inexpensive and at least 50% of my children resist the mended look (as is their prerogative, I suppose, as long as there is money to clothe them). I fix some of my friends’ stuff pretty regularly (you know who I mean, Coley and Mel!) and find time to work on my own, yet, somehow, somehow, the mending pile grows and grows.
Happily, my friend Lindy (of Stokx Shopwho lives in Berlin) sent me this book!
It is full of useful information of the sort that I think of as traditionally learned by word of mouth or through the living example of other humans. Perhaps some people can do some of these tricks, most, though, don’t have the time or inclination to re-structure a jacket or make a child’s garment from an adult garment. Yes, those cheap clothes made by unknown laborers far, far away take the will to work away. Or, I suppose, our time get freed up in order to write blog posts?
I think these ladies from 1947 can lead the way into the future! Or not.