Last week I went to Oxford to talk to a bunch of Sewists about The Little Book of Sewing. It was SUCH a great event and I met fascinating people from sewing academics to sewing start-ups, teachers to parents to booksellers.
But there was one particular person who intrigued me because she named herself a Mender. It’s a thing! It must be, because it’s on Instagram:
This all happened in the same week that I repaired the neckline on one of my hand sewn dresses and put aside a pair of culottes for taking in. Was something in the air?
Of course, mending has long been part of the sewing community – like, 100s of years! But this recent focus on mending seems to be part of our current urgent need to address environmental issues. From eschewing disposable facial wipes, to sewing on buttons, we seem to be caring about Planet Earth more than ever before.
Damaged clothes don’t need to be landfill.
Did you know:
- 350,000 tonnes of used clothing is sent to UK landfills annually
- Some people still feel embarrassed about visible mending on clothing
- Historical costumes often bear evidence of repair
I’m in and I’m interested! Do you have any links or opinions to share?