During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!
Introducing Mary Jo for the month of April :: The theme for this month is functional creativity.
Mary Jo :: Five Green Acres
- Basic Patch Pocket
- Zippered Pocket
- Add pockets to an existing dress/skirt
- Add pockets while constructing garment
- Sew a pocket in a French seam
Mending is another indispensable tool of functional clothing, but one that often gets overlooked as drudgery. The pile of forsaken clothes waiting for attention on the floor of my studio are testament to that — when pitted against flashy new yardage and a shoestring budget of time, it’s no surprise that a whole season might pass before I take the time to sew on a new button or patch a hole. But a patch can be a design element of its own, arriving to the garment out of necessity but often bringing its own magical synergy.
I’ve come across this many times in my own making — maybe I’ve cut out and sewn nearly a whole garment before realizing the unfortunate placement of a stain. Placing a patch over the offending mark, or splicing in different fabric altogether adds a design element that I couldn’t have foreseen in even the greatest of design epiphanies. In utilitarian garments like work clothes, the accumulation of patches appear like merit badges or, like the accumulated multi-color splatters on the handle of a paintbrush, a record of what’s been done. Check out the You Are Awesome patch here and a great sweater repair tute here. Do you have a favorite patched piece in your own wardrobe?