I've been really gentle with them and tried to always wash them on gentle cycles + hang to dry to avoid the snapping of those precious, delicate threads that made them look so stinking cool. Alas, they have finally gotten to the point where intervention was necessary. I noticed that they were starting to look really bad on me, too. Once the white threads were gone, the holes kind of flapped open making my thighs look really, really unappealing. Plus I didn't really want them on display anyway.
|mid-refashion. I love that they use Swahili in "Wild Africa" at the zoo... but it's hilarious how many men walk into this women's room without paying attention!!!|
Want more options?
a) Contrasting denim
b) Lace (!!!)
d) Pretty, patterned fabric
Another fun addition would be concentric circles (or squares...) of thread. Instead of just going around the patch or hole once with thread, do it multiple times (1/2 inch apart) with various colors of thread. You could rainbow it, or make ombre (dark blue, lighter blue, light blue, white) ... you could do anything! One last trick- if you opt for rectangles like I did, you may find that the holes are still a bit loose and pull away from the denim (you can see it on the left side of the pictures, the knee). If that bothers you- then make little X stitches (one or two) to tack the two fabrics together close to the edge of the rip/tear/hole. I think I'll do that tomorrow and update this.
As I said, I originally patched these in a hurry while trying to wear them to a zoo outing. There's a zoo I absolutely love in Michigan where they let you feed and pet giraffes! I don't care how tough you are, it is super fun and you *will* squeal (however that looks for you...) with delight. John had never gotten to go and since we had a rare (rare, very rare) weekend to ourselves in our own home, we snatched up the opportunity to go.