Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt or anywhere!}

Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt or anywhere!}If you followed my Me Made May posts, you’ll know just how much I love my high waist skinny jeans! You can imagine my anguish when they tore this recently. I would have loved to fix them this way but the denim in that are had just worn too thin. I think that’s one of the down sides to stretch denim. As I searched the internet for a replacement pair of jeans, Mr Ask commented on the flimsiness of my jeans and that they had only lasted me a year. I had to laugh when two days later he showed me an almost identical rip that had appeared in his jeans! Yep, we both lost our only jeans in the same week. Isn’t life funny like that? Anyway, I kept my torn pair to unpick to make a pattern and bought a new pair with the assistance of Mummy Ask. I think they are spunky and of course high waisted! Anyway, the point is, I did fix Mr Asks jeans and I’ll show you how!

Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt}Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt}
Start out by cutting a piece of heavy weight fusible interfacing that’s at least 2cm bigger on all sides than the hole or weak area. I had an iron on mending patch that I’ve had in my stash since I started sewing, so I used that. You can often find these in the supermarket, which makes them handy in a pinch. Iron the patch or interfacing on to the inside of the pants, according to the directions and being sure to keep everything the right shape.
Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt}
Time to think about thread colour. This kind of patch will always show to some degree but thread choice can make it blend better. Some people swear by doing some stitching in blue and some in white. I went with pale grey colour. When I first got my overlocker, I hated to change threads and I discovered that a pale grey or taupe goes with everything and isn’t too noticeable. Now I use grey when I don’t have a great thread match or in situations like this where the colour is variegated. The pic below shows the up/down sewing completed but not the side to side.
Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt}
Once your machine is threaded, sew all over the area your are patching. Depending on the size of the jeans you’re mending and the location of the problem area, it may take a little adjusting to get the right spot under your presser foot. Sew with a straight stitch and ‘scribble’ up and down and side to side. The pic above shows just the up & down. Once that’s all done, sew around the perimeter of the patch. If you don’t, you may find the patch becomes unstuck around the edges after washing and that’s just uncomfortable! 
 Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt or anywhere!}Sew: Mend Your Jeans {Fixing a hole in the thigh/butt or anywhere!}
And that’s all there is to it! Your jeans are fixed and ready to fight another day. I’m so sad that fabric failure prevented me from fixing my jeans but at least I could fix Mr Asks.  I think it’s wonderful to rescue a beloved pair of jeans and to continue to wear them. I hope this tutorial can help you rescue some jeans in your wardrobe. You hold on to holey jeans too, right?

Second Look Sunday 24 August 2014

Second Look Sunday 3 August 2014Second Look Sunday 24 August 2014

How wonderful has it been to see the sun shining? It’s still cold but the suns rays remind me that it will be scorching hot before we know it. It perked me up while I’ve been inside alternating between working and lying under my blankie on the couch trying to shake this icky illness. I spent 2 1/2 hrs waiting at the doctors yesterday and am back again on Monday. So bored of it all now! Of course, comfort food makes everything better and my Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole was the perfect thing. 

  • I am feeling so Spring with this gorgeous fruity breakfast. The lovely CA sent some sweet, juicy grape fruits home with Mummy Ask for me. Her amazing garden is packed full of fruits and vegetables and CA kindly shares her bounty of produce. The strawberries are from the supermarket but they were so shiny and bright I had to have them.
  • I am currently addicted to Chobani coconut yoghurt. It’s so coconut-y and amazing. It’s impossible to stop at one.
  • While I’ve been sick (I still am, ugh!)  I’ve been keeping up with my period dramas. I loved Mr Selfridge but kinda preferred The Paradise, which was axed after it’s second season. And for those of you into more historical accuracy, there’s a great, three part BBC doco called Shopgirls – The True Story of Life Behind the Counter. All are worth a watch for the pretty goods for sale and amazing period dresses!
  • Mr Ask & I were driving past Krispy Kreme and found the queue diminished (finally!). Which means I am eating a donut right now
  • The sunshine has me thinking about summer dresses and jumpsuits and rompers. I’ve been designing in my head but it the meantime, I bought these super cool shorts from Modcloth. Great fit, vintage styled and comfy too. 5 stars, would recommend.
  • Of course the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been fun. It’s been great at raising awareness and hopefully cash too. My fave celebrity vids came from George Bush, Oprah, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, George Takei, Jim Parsons, Jamie Oliver and Russell Brand. But the at home versions that went wrong in this fail reel are pretty funny too.
  • I think I’ve finally nailed the perfect satay sauce. Give me time to test it to be sure and I’ll share.
I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Eating, drinking, picnicking and just plain having fun xxx

Recipe: Toasted Cheese & Tomato Soup Casserole

Recipe: Toasted Cheese & Tomato Soup CasseroleRecipe: Toasted Cheese & Tomato Soup CasseroleSummary: If only we had cream of cheddar soup in Australia. The possibilities would be endless, when it came to gloopy American casseroles. But since we don’t have Cheddar soup and for some reason I wanted to make a gloopy American Casserole, Mr Ask suggested using a can of condensed tomato soup. I walked around the supermarket trying to work out what went with tomato soup. Well, grilled cheese goes…. I turned to Mr Ask and suggested grilled cheese & tomato casserole. Mr Ask was all ‘that’s disgusting, we have to do it’. So here you have it! It’s delicious, indulgent, full of salt, carbs and fats! Hell, it’s barely food! It’s delicious, I regret nothing, I dare you to make it yourself.

  • 1 loaf bread, cut into 16 thick slices
  • 50g butter
  • 1 (420g) tin condensed tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (250g) kraft blue box cheese, sliced
  • 2/3 cup grated cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Toast the bread on both sides. I just used the toaster but you can use the griller. Butter each slice of toast on one side.
  3. Lay half the toast slices in a greased casserole dish, butter side up. Arrange the cheese slices on top of the toast and top with remaining toast, butter side down. You should have a casserole dish filled with cheese sandwiches.
  4. Mix the soup and sour cream together. I added a little pepper too. Pour the soup mix over the sandwiches in an even layer.
  5. Top with the grated cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy your all in one, tomato soup and cheese toasty casserole!