I don't know how to sew on a button or fix a patch onto a worn pair of trousers. Yes. Yes, I know. It's pathetic. It's not that I don't know how to do it in theory. It's not like I haven't tried. But somehow, my buttons drop off, my stitchwork unravels. I have perfectly good jeans in the wardrobe that I simply can't wear due to holes in unsuitable places.
Now, I have two options. Well, three, if you count going cap in hand to the mother-in-law, but let's not invoke the nuclear option quite yet. In my home town of Reading (jewel of the Thames Valley) an actual honest-to-goodness alteration and repair shop has recently opened, presumably to cater to clueless goofs like yr humble author. Better yet, the phenomenon of Repair Cafés that I wrote about last year has reached our neck of the woods, and meets regularly. The next one will be held on the 15th of June in the old Jackson's building—worth a look if you have clothes, electronics or tools that need fixing (or indeed, if you're interested in proper old department stores in a stripped-out state). More on that here.
But all this is local news, and doesn't address the issue at hand—what if I wanted to repair my clothes myself? Well, Droog, a Dutch design shop with an admirably quirky sensibility have just the thing. Create Me Textile is a sheet of pre-cut shapes in different colours with an iron-on backing. They make repairs a piece of cake, and are perfect for adding a little angular Euro-style to tops and bottoms that maybe need a little freshening up. The pack is €20, which is, I'll grant, a little on the pricy side. But when you compare that with the humiliation of going to the mum-in-law with a sack of holey jeans, it suddenly seems worth it.
Droog Create Me Textile