Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oh Holey Jeans

Leila blew out the knee in one of her newer pair of jeans. Dammit! Why must she play dog on the playground at school and crawl around on her hands and knees??? Why must she torture me in this way? I sounded like such a mom when I saw her jeans. I gave her a whole Jeans Don't Grow on Trees speech and she just stared at me while I ranted and then said, "sorry, mommy." and I felt like a douche bag.

I can't figure out how to patch jeans. I buy these iron-on pieces of crap at the fabric store, and they peel off after one wearing. I don't have a sewing machine (which is good, since it would just get stuffed piled on top of it because I don't know how to sew) so that's out, and I'm at my wit's end.

I could just let her wear jeans with holes in them, you say? What's the big deal, you ask? I don't know what the big deal is, but I did not just shell out cash for pants and shirts and new school shoes so this kid could wear holey jeans.

I look at all the pants in her closet and I can already see the holes they are bound to get. Its so sad. When I was a kid, and my mom got me new sneakers, I would, on purpose, drag the soles of the shoes on the ground while I was riding my bike so that I would get new shoes again, sooner. Why are kids such losers?

Which reminds me! Why do kids today have so many pair of shoes? I got, like, two pairs of shoes per year. Fall shoes, summer sandals, maybe a pair of sneakers or fancy shoes, and that was it. Leila has three pairs of sneakers, two pairs of sandals, two pairs of flip flops, crocs, three pairs of mary janes in varying degrees of fanciness, one pair of rain boots, one pair of ankle boots and slippers. And before you say anything, I did not buy all of these shoes. But, upon reflection, I did buy more of them than I thought I did...

Happy Birthday tomorrow, Alice!

4 comments:

karen said...

funny, i was just today proposing to jo that we send you all of our pants that need hemming. i was sure you would be able to sew. jo was more skeptical, but i was convinced. turns out jojo was right.

but really, why don't you sew? it would totally suit you (no pun intended.)

will you post another pic of leila where we can see her? i want to see her holey clothes up close.

Bored Housewife said...

I can sew on a button, and fix a rip here and there, but I can't hem. It does make me feel very housewifey when I'm holding a needle and thread. Its very nurturing. I'll stick with cooking.

Alice said...

T does the same thing with pants. Poor kid gets mostly hand-me-downs but last yr when Mervyns was going under, I splurged on a nice pair of Adidas track pants - $20! First day he wears them he comes home with a tear in the knee. Let's just say, it wasn't pretty. I've never had luck with repairing holes in jeans either - couldn't figure out those patches...

Anonymous said...

My son gets holes in EVERY pair of his jeans, in both knees! I've had luck with those iron on patches. I put the patches on the inside of the jean.... the key is to heat the jeans before applying the patch. OH and wash in cold water.