I have a few pairs of jeans that are comfortable and still have life, but they are worn thin on the upper leg area, so I decided to give "extreme mending" a go. This is where you make very obvious patches and use embroidery or darning techniques to strengthen and decorate the area. I think mine may have slid into the area of "altered couture" but that's okay. It was great fun and quite relaxing to do while watching t.v. The only downside is that every time I look at them, I think of the old song, "Cover of the Rolling Stone"......."I gotta freaky old lady name of "Cocaine Katy" who embroiders all my jeans. I got my poor ol' grey-haired daddy drivin' my limousine."
I've spent a couple of weeks working on holiday gifts I can't discuss (or show) and a few things actually for myself. I found great men's long sleeved T-shirts in Kmart for about $10....nice heavyweight knit and well-constructed. Looked like they would be very durable and comfortable. Not being "girly" in either color or style, they needed a little help to make them more suitable for my taste, even though they are just casual tops to be worn with my jeans. I found a Pinterest idea that suited me perfectly and just went with it.
I cut out patch pockets from various scraps that coordinated with the shirts and just top stitched them right on to the left front. I now have four new, comfy casual tops for winter for $40. I figure the pockets were free as I already had the fabrics and the rest was just my time. I did these in an afternoon! Here's one example:
The color isn't showing well here, but this is actually a dark teal shirt with an aqua pocket. I made each pocket a little different in shape (I have a metal pocket template that really helps with different rounded corners), but what really made it easy was that I just cut out two of each pocket and sewed them right sides together all the way around, leaving just about a 1" opening to turn them right side out. This is much easier than trying to press them under. Then I pressed them well and top stitched across the top edge (for show.) Then I topstitched the other three edges right onto the shirts. Because of the lining, the pockets have plenty of body, too.
This is a fun, fast project for yourself, or maybe for a gift? Bet you know someone who'd appreciate one of these in their favorite colors or designs. Of course, you can make these with regular women's T-shirts.....or kid's shirts, too. How about a heart shaped pocket for a little girl? You could also add round or oval shapes in fabrics to match on the elbows of the sleeves. I think kids would especially like these. Have fun. :)