There comes a time in every well-worn pair of jeans life (especially if there is lycra involved), when the fronts of the thighs begin to wear past the comfy stage, and into the paper-thin-afraid-to-wear-out-of-the-house-for-fear-of-tearing-wide-open stage.
Read on for a step by step mending tutorial. Sashiko style visible mending.
This is a pair of Levi's 569 32 X 30. The legs were so wide, I wanted to give them more of a feminine feel with the visible mending.
Before I start any denim mend, I cut off all of the excess strings and fluff, leaving a clean denim edge. This often makes the rips appear much larger, so make sure not to cut your patches until you have cut away all of the damaged denim.
After cutting off all of the excess, I cut patches 1/2"- 3/4" larger than the hole you are repairing. Then, secure the patch by pinning all the way around the hole.
I teach workshops on visible mending regularly, and by far, the most requested mend is the dreaded crotch repair.
If you are like me, jeans are my favorite article of clothing to wear. And a well fitting pair of jeans is magic, and also tragic when they are in need of repair. And it seems that the upper thigh/crotch area is the first to go.