Holey jeans batman!08:00
So I've got two brother in laws, neither of them connected with the other, and both into cycling. Cycling is obviously the sport of champions!
My brother in law who's married to Dus' sister (as opposed to the brother in law who's married to my sister), used to work in London so rode his bike to the station in the morning. In his jeans. There's only one thing that can mean.....holey crotch.
Seeing as these jeans cost around £80 a pair, patching them up is always better than buying new!
I took some photos along the way in case it's helpful to anyone else.
I started off by using a contrasting colour and stitching some big, loose basting stitches, just to hold them together for the time being.
Next I cut a square of medium weight fusible interfacing. Do yourself a favour and cut yours a lot smaller!! I fused it onto the jeans manipulating the legs over the end of my ironing board to make sure it laid flat-ish.
Next I unpicked the basting stitches and cut off any loose threads from the tear.
I set my machine to a zig zag stitch with 0.7mm stitch length and a 3.5mm stitch width.
Starting from one end of the tear I stitched down, trying to catch both sides together. Where the tear went off at an angle I went over that. When I got to the end I pivoted and went along slightly next to the stitching I'd done reinforcing the whole tear.
In this case, I went with 'more is more' and went over the tear a good few times to make sure it was secured.
I don't think it'll be seen by anyone in normal use, and I used a similar colour thread, so it made me feel a bit easier about doing so many rows of stitching.
Here's my repair from the inside. As you can see I just stitched where there was a rip, with no rhyme or reason. Well, maybe some reasoning!
I tried to tear away as much of the extra stabiliser as I could to make it more comfortable to wear after, but I didn't want to use a soluble interfacing, because I think the tear needs that little bit of extra stability to hold on to.
All in all he was a happy punter and I'll return his third pair to him this weekend when we attend a family wedding.