We had another great evening at my house last week, enjoying a bring-and-share meal and sharing tips about mending clothes. Even though it was still August and a lot of people were away, five of us met. Fiona showed us the beautiful long dress she has nearly finished, made out of a sheet bought for 10p, and she finished off a bag she for someone’s Christmas present! I got some advice on how to mend really bad rips under the arms of a much-loved silk shirt (put backing material behind the rents) and we got some mending done in a companionable way. (But I must admit there was more eating- and talking-time than sewing time!) We looked at a couple of useful books: “Grandmas’s Ways for Modern Days” and “Sew your Own” (a man this time!).
I love these sociable get-togethers where we can do perfectly ordinary things that a lot of us have got out of the habit of in last few affluent decades. And, Pippa, thanks for those greengages from your garden – my treat of the week!