Luca is most particular about his clothing. No denim worn at home. Or "cords". That's strictly for going out, according to Luca. At home he loves to wear tracksuit pants (otherwise known as "tracky dacks" in this house). I realized the other day, that he only had a pair or two left. Most "at home" clothes for the kids comes from the op shop (as does a lot of their going out clothes too). But no such luck with pants for home.
I counted five pairs of Luca's (mostly) school pants, in the mending pile, that had worn very badly at the knee. So I cut some squares of vintage wool and corduroy that I had and roughly sewed them onto the knees. Plain zig zag, and not too neatly I might add. But, hey, it's just for home.
So for less than one hours worth of cutting and sewing he now has a full wardrobe of patched tracksuit pants.
I don't think many people use patches anymore for worn knees. I think it's a shame as they do prolong the life of clothing, while at the same looking quite cute in a nostalgic kind of way. Funnily enough, you do see them pop up in stores occasionally, on brand new pieces of kid's clothing, to give them that handmade look.
So now my boy has a wardrobe full of his favourite type of pants ready for rough playing outside.
If anyone has tips on prolonging the life of kid's clothes, please do share.