Repairing garments can extend the use phase of clothes as well as potentially adding character.
Repairs can include replacing broken or lost components such as zippers, buttons or rivets or the repairing of rips and snags in the fabric itself.
Repairs can generally be broken into two categories: invisible mending and visible mending.
Invisible mending is the type of mending most people are familiar with. This type of mending involves trying to repair damage to a garment in a way that makes the damage and the repair less obvious or even invisible.
Visible mending is the practice of repairing clothes and other textile based objects in a way that is clearly visible, rather than trying to hide the repair or make it blend in. These types of mends are often decorative and make the repaired damage to a garment a feature point.
Repair GalleryThe images below show a number of different visible mending techniques. All mends and images were made by Maximiliaan Donker.
If you'd like to read more about repairing clothes to extend the life of your garments or to find tutorials to help you, follow the external links below.