Monday, July 20, 2015

- This old shirt

Note: Click to listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter sing This Shirt as you read ...

After the intensity of working on Hearts for Charleston, I needed to decompress. So I decided to mend this cotton shirt from LL Bean, one of the last gifts from my mom, who passed away in 2008 ...


Mostly used as a night shirt, I recently realized it was getting threadbare ...



which I guess was understandable after seven plus years ...


I wish I had realized it sooner as I could have reinforced the thin spots with kantha stitch alone, but given the holes it seemed best to back the mending with thin cotton cloth ...


to support the stitching ...


And then, because I really just wanted to keep on stitching and have a little fun, I added cloth patches on the front over a couple of stains and some frayed edges ...


I even used some fabric from a deconstructed blouse of my mom's that had also served as a night shirt until it started to fall apart ....


In hindsight, I wish I had mended that blouse instead of tearing it apart, but at least I'm able to wear a bit of it again.

By the way, those of you who have been following the Hearts for Charleston posts might recognize this repurposed fabric from the first set of strips made to honor Ethel Lee Lance. In a way I'm glad it worked out that way as I now have a keepsake from that project.

2 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes....comfort work...love this, love the keepsake. I think Ethel would be pleased.

Liz Ackert said...

Of course, I searched for a particular bit of cloth that I wanted to use and finally gave up. Today that lost piece popped out when I was looking for something else. Ah well ...