Wednesday, 22 January 2014
are you a tosser or a repairer?
And my first big shock of all horrors: uniforms aren't cheap. Yes, yes, I can hear all of you already baptized school mums laughing at me now! I almost choked when I heard the price for a new pair of uniform-issue plain navy shorts.
You cannot be serious? Surely they are not just made of polyester for that price? Gold lining perhaps? My little boy destroys clothes like no-one's business. How many of those stiff, polyester uniforms is he going to churn through in a year? I really shouldn't ask, because believe me, I don't really want to know the answer.
That's when I start to feel incredible grateful I can sew. When others toss things out thinking they are no good, I look at them and say, can I fix that? Hmm, some new elastic, a seam ripper and some new topstitching and they'll be looking super smart again!
Frugal or stingy? Unfortunately just plain necessary in my house. These school shorts are the most expensive in his whole wardrobe, but he wouldn't know the difference between them and cheapies! Everything is equally loved with dirt, ripped up on his bike or has chew marks (for the love of Pete why do boys chew things?) I cannot keep up with him and the clothes he goes through.
So if anyone needs me for the next few days I'll be the one buried in a sea of navy thread and worn out elastic.
Oh and if anyone has any tips on how to stop him chewing his Lego, despite missing his four front teeth, I'd be ever so grateful.