18 June 2009

Museum Quality Thrift

My mother was nothing if not frugal. She kept everything. And if it wasn't right just then, it would someday have a use.

She also did a lot of gardening. And painting. And you need work clothes for gardening and painting. So a pair of pants that couldn't be worn to the ballet, or to work, or to the supermarket became gardening or painting pants. And if they didn't fit, they got altered, cut down to size.

Most of the time, the alteration was just a quick and dirty v-shaped dart at the center back. But I found a pair of jeans with a genius alteration - an external, integral, elastic belt, the belt made from the elastic of a pair of men's underwear.


It's a little like an external fixator for the jeans. I think they belong in a museum.

14 comments:

Gwen said...

Oh, museum quality for sure. Right next to Fonzie's jacket and Dorothy's slippers, I'd say. :) Your mom missed her calling.

Kelly said...

Genius. :)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Wow--what initiative and creativity.

bernthis said...

it takes a lot for me to toss a piece of clothing. It's practically disintegrated by the time it' hits the garbage pail in my house

YourFireAnt said...

Funny your mother doing that with the underwear elastic. I do a similar thing with hair elastics [the long ones] and shoestrings. Works great with jeans that have belt loops and those leather labels that are like a thick belt loop.

This is a wonderful post.

See you Tuesday.

T.

Mental P Mama said...

Oh, I could not agree more! And I see where a certain someone gets her fashion bravura!

painted maypole said...

a PANTS museum! Hire Alejna and I to do the advertising!

Cold Spaghetti said...

Wow. I'm completely amazed, impressed, and sort of grossed out all at the same time! :-)

flutter said...

that is too funny!

liz said...

Smart!

heidi said...

that woman is my hero.

Woman in a Window said...

What? People get smaller? Wtf?

Kyla said...

Genius!

katiez said...

Perfect! After mon mari's surgery he's lost so much weight he can't keep his pants up! This is the solution.