I'm always kind of amazed at how substantial a ripped and mended pair of jeans feel when you put them on and run your hands over the texture, and they only get better with time. More rips and more mending and patching, and the softest, strongest jeans that fit your body just right.
When you are planning a sashiko style visible mending project, take some time to consider the garment. A mending project can take an afternoon or months of little by little mending. Either way, when the mending is finished, it is a different garment from the original, and to me, feels like a work of art.