Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heirloom dress mend

i know, it has (again) been ages since i have been here. I blame the whirlwind of kids going back to school (I have to blame someone!!).
I mentiond this dress the other week so thought I would pop in and show you what I was talking about.
A lady brought this dress into the shop where i work and asked it if could be fixed. It was very old, she explained, and she wanted the smocking repaired where the thread had disintegrated.

Now, I feel I must tell you that I hate hate hate doing mending of any sort (ask my hubby!).  I said yes, for the only reason that she was desperate for it to be done and I knew i could do it.  So do it I did.
She wanted as much of the original smocking left, but i told her I could not salvage the bottom row of cream and it wasn't worth saving the next one up, the blue. But she was adamant that she wanted it left. So i found a blue that matched, better than I originally thought and the repair is barely noticeable. 
The back was quite simple, although again, matching the threads was crazy difficult so i did the best i could. I am happy with the result.  But her wish that I leave as much original thread as i can meant that one of the rows on the side back is new thread, and it's matching row on the other side is old thread.  So one is bright and one is dull. 

She was talking about it being used for some new baby in the family. I really hope this doesn't happen; the material is so old it is fraying  under the collar.  What would I do with it? I am not sure but I think I would have left it as is and framed it. 
My last word on this piece is this: she sent her husband to come and pick it up, which he did, and paid me for it, but I never got a phone call from her to say whether she liked it, or God-forbid, thank me for it. I think after all her fuss and bother with various things, I think a thank you was not out of the realm of what is reasonable.  Makes you wonder why you put yourself out for anyone.  I am glad it is done, I am satisfied it was done well, but  I am not happy at being snubbed.

So to better news; a snippet of family news before I go-
my son has just umpired his second basketball weekend competition; a statewide comp with over 130 junior teams playing.  I just want to say how much more confident and capable I see him growing. I am proud of the way he was confident enough to tell more than one coach to be quiet and that they cannot speak to the umpires that way. He wouldn't have done that in Bendigo.  And I see him more confident with his calls of fouls.  He is growing up, and I am so proud of what he is achieving. It is nice to see your kids achieve things in life, and become adults that you are proud of.


  1. Hello Karyn, and good for you making a determined effort to repair said frock to 'given specifications'. You can't do any better than that. As for the 'after', why am I not surprised. Been there, done that, and can only offer you sympathy. I know how you feel. Never mind, YOU can hold your head up high my friend.

    My heartiest congratulations to the lad for his work on the umpiring front. He has really matured in the last few months, you have reason to be proud. It is a thankless job really, and I take my hat off to those who dare to do it. Perhaps he'll be umpiring World Cup games in the future. Cheers. Have a good week.

  2. Great about the umpiring!
    I quite like mending - I like to feel I am extending the life of something. It's a bit odd though, isn't it, to be caught between preserving for use and preserving for history. Sometimes it has to be one or the other!

  3. Jillian, maybe I should send my mending to you LOL! I do see your point about extending the life of something but some things (including hubby's socks) should be given a dignified retirement!!