New from Old


One of my missions for the next few weeks is to make a serious dent in the ‘mending and alterations’ pile of clothes. This should result in more wearable clothes in the wardrobe, and also clear a nice big space in my crafting room.

Last weeks project was jeans. Now that I am at home more, I have noticed a distinct lack of jeans in my wardrobe. Two of my favourite pairs were in the mending pile, and I totally failed to find any that fit as well when I was shopping. On closer inspection, one pair was mendable, and the other pair was so worn that I would have been mending the mend on the mend. So I sacrificed them and used the fabric to patch the less worn pair.

Before I did the mending, I traced the pattern onto some swedish tracing paper, and recreated them in some lovely purple denim. I then followed this tutorial for the instructions on how to construct the fly. It was much easier than I thought it would be, and I’m pretty pleased with the results, and will be making more.

But best of all, I have the perfect yarn to make a jumper (or cardigan) to go with them.


That is some Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk, in colour way Rusty, which is a lovely slightly dirty yellow, with distinct hints of green and rusty red. A very generous gift from a visiting knitter.


  1. Robynn says

    Gorgeous! What lovely colours, the denim and yarn both. I aspire to one day be able to sew – and to take photos as lovely as yours.

  2. emily says

    Snigger – I aspire to be a much better photographer, and to need to take less than about 100 photos to get one that is passable! Though it is still better than having Francis do them for me.