Meliors Simms

Sustainable Life Skills Coach-Learn to Mend

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The Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending Series

UPDATE: I've published my second class: Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending Buttons.  Its part of a series of quick and easy mending classes.   I put a lot of effort into editing the voice over audio tracks to be as clear as possible for people who are hard of hearing, speak English as a second language or are challenged by a New Zealand accent! I know the voice track isn't perfect, but I'd love to hear feedback about whether its 'good enough'.

I'm working on the next three classes in my Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending Series: Fine Fabrics, Sewing Buttons and Hand-sewing Hems. I'm experimenting with batch production for these classes, but I'm planning to release them on a more or less monthly schedule.  

Just like my first class, Patch Project, these classes are aimed at absolute beginners, who have no sewing experience, but they include tips that might be of interest to experienced sewists too- we never stop learning do we?

Description for Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending: Fine Fabrics

Thin delicate fabrics like t-shirt knits, fine merinos, natural silk and artifical gauzy fabrics are all easily damaged and so they are probably the most commonly needed repairs in your wardrobe. Mending small holes, rips and laddered seams is a quick and easy to keep fine fabric garments available to wear whenever you want. This Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending is a short, sweet class on mending thin fabrics.

It used to be that thin fabrics were only used in luxury party clothes for the rich, but these days they are often the cheapest clothes that working people can buy. When thin, easily damaged fabrics are sold cheaply it encourages us to think of clothes as being as disposable as paper cups.

But there are plenty of reasons to keep fine fabric clothes wearable for as long as possible, no matter how much they cost new. You might love the colour, or print or fit. You might want to minimise the waste you send to the landfill. You might want to respect the resources and work that went into the creating the garment. You might not be able to afford to buy a replacement.

Whatever reasons you have for mending fine fabrics, this Beginners Guide really is aimed at absolute beginners, even if you have never threaded a needle before, you will learn how quick and easy mending fine fabrics can be. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t need a sewing machine. All you’ll need is a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors. One of those​ free little sewing kits that might be tucked away in a drawer is perfect for this project.  

Description for Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending: Sewing Buttons:

Have you got a garment that is out of action with a missing or loose button? Are you wearing clothes fastened together with safety pins (but you're not actually trying for a punk look). If so, this class is for you. You will learn how to sew on a button quickly and neatly by hand. You don't need any sewing experience or a sewing machine. Sewing on a button is an simple essential life skill that anyone can learn and everyone should know.

Being able to mend clothes can help you save money and live more sustainably... and of course help you avoid a wardrobe malfunction!

All you’ll need is a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors.  One of those​ free little sewing kits that might be tucked away in a drawer is perfect for this project.    I'll help you choose the right button if you've lost the original and also teach some advanced button sewing techniques like reinforcing buttons and a faux shank.

Beginners Guide to the Art of Mending: Hand-sewing Hems 

Have you ever used office supplies to staple or tape a sagging hem? Have you got trousers or skirts that you love but can't wear because the hem has unravelled? Would you like to know how to shorten a pair of pants or lengthen a skirt? If you answer yes to any of those questions, then Hand-sewing Hems is for you!

The Beginners Guide really is aimed at absolute beginners, even if you have never threaded a needle before, you will learn how quick and easy hand-sewing hems can be. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t need a sewing machine. All you’ll need is a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors. One of those​ free little sewing kits that might be tucked away in a drawer is perfect for this project.  

In just a few minutes you will learn how to fix a saggy hem on the run, plus I'll teach you how to resew a complete hem to shorten or lengthen a garment to suit your body and style.

Mending is an essential life skill that anyone can learn and everyone should know. Being able to mend clothes can help you save money and live more sustainably... and of course help you avoid a wardrobe malfunction!

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Here's the link to my finished, published class    http://skl.sh/2c5G5ht

Come and check it out! If you need a free link, use this one instead http://skl.sh/2bBOhI1

The Class title is The Art of Mending

The Project title is Patch Project

Here's a link to the outline but the class has since become a bit more streamlined in the making, than my original ambitious vision. 

Here's a link to my new edited sample video which shows how very far I have managed to come in performance and technicalities since making my first sample video a week ago!

Making a video does get easier and better! I'm now on the home stretch with editing. The finished class of five videos is exactly 15 minutes long which was what I was aiming for. I'm really proud of my first effort, and although I can see opportunities for making my next class even better (more relaxed and spontaneous speaking, more consistent lighting, and smoother edited transitions) I feel like this class is good enough to start with.  And I'm on track to publish on Wednesday without having to stress out or pull an all nighter!

Description:

​Mending is an essential life skill that anyone can learn and everyone should know. Being able to mend clothes can help you save money and live more sustainably... and of course help you avoid a wardrobe malfunction!

The project for this class is a beginners guide to patching holes in clothes or other textiles without a sewing machine. Patching can  extend the useful life of a favourite garment, maintain a treasured heirloom or add playful embellishments.

I’ll be teaching the basics of hand-sewing- skills our grandparents were taught as children so super easy for absolute beginners to learn. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t require a sewing machine. All you’ll need is a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors.  One of those​ free little sewing kits that might be tucked away in a drawer is perfect for this project.  

I’m a craft artist who has been hand-sewing, mending and creating with textiles since I was a child.​ These skills are easy to learn and relaxing to practice, while saving you money and reducing your ecological footprint, so please join me in The Art of Mending.

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