Sometimes I stand in front of my closet and think, "I don't have a thing to wear!" This is because most of clothes that should be hanging in my closet tend to end up in the mending pile at one point or another. And well, I'm not the most efficient at clearing items off the pile. I'm not the biggest fan of mending.
But I am a fan of finally getting an item back into rotation instead of adding items to the donate pile that might eventually end up in a landfill. That would just make me sad. Take this RTW t-shirt. Yeah, ready-to-wear, I still have some of those lingering around my wardrobe. That would make this t-shirt over five years old. I'm guessing maybe ten? I picked it when I spotted it on sale despite that it had this lace thing stitched to it. I didn't like the lace appliqué but it was a bargain and I thought what the heck, with the long sleeves and cotton fabric, it will be a good t-shirt to wear and work in the yard.
Problem was I hardly wore it because I didn't like the appliqué. Seriously, I don't know why it took this long to remove the lace. Now, this is a t-shirt I can wear.
And socks. Yes, there are constantly socks that make it to the mending pile and linger there despite that it a quick mending project. My bad.
This cotton t-shirt made it to the mending pile once again when I noticed holes happening at the underarm.
This mending project is all about my stitching rather than wear and tear. I used a lightning bolt stitch while sewing this stable cotton knit which was overkill. I could have easily used a straight stitch without any negative consequences to the outcome. Lesson learned for the next time I sew this type of fabric. And it's how I repaired this section, with a straight stitch.
Well, I might not be a fan of mending but I am a fan of putting these back in the closet.