My Mending Valentine

February 15, 2013

in Country Living, DIY & Crafts, House & Home, Other Homesteading Skills, Our Farm

Carhartt and Carhartt-type jackets are everything to a farmer.


I also find them incredibly sexy – the more rugged, the better. Like rough hands, they suggest experience and competence, and I value that type of thing.

Don’t ponder that one too much.

They are also expensive to buy, and it’s only right to repair them when you can,  but I haven’t been able to perform any heavy-duty repairs before I was given my sewing machine this past November.

Enter a heavy-duty Viking:


New binding at the bottom, and new pockets, among other things.


It’s not couture, but it doesn’t need to be, as these aren’t little girls’ clothes. But these repairs are durable.


So this here has been my Valentine’s Day gift to my husband.

He loved it!

I am so glad I’ve gotten into sewing – of all of my hobbies, this one is both the cheapest and the most useful to the people around me. And here’s something else – creating original patterns, conducting repairs, and generally trying to figure out how to make the pieces of the puzzle fit has been incredibly good for my brain (which needs to exercise more than ever now that I stay home with young kids), and the kind of patience and determination that is required to complete a bigger project is most definitely good for the character.

Oh and the sanctimony? There’s is nothing like it.


1 Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

You’ve inspired me to. E more proactive about fixing Marius’ carhartts pants before they are too far gone and end up shorts or chucked. Considering he wears them to work everyday and I only buy one new pair a year (new pair become nice wear out pants for a year before becoming work pants when another pair are bought) I think we’re doing pretty good. He wears cheap cotton shirts and stanfields along with them so his work attire is fairly frugal! Do you have stanfields wool sweaters?

2 Sofya February 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

I am not familiar with the kind of sweater you are talking about. I also fix his pants but not as diligently. I do the difficult-to-reach places in the pants (like, knees) with fabric glue called TEAR-MENDER. I prefer sewing stuff on though where I can reach it. I have a blog post about gluing with tear-mender also. My brother-in-law is a carpenter just like Marius, and his wife (Jacob’s sister Julia) does a terrific job of patching those Carhartts all over with tear mender – she doesn’t even have a sewing machine (though she can sew).

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