You know how uncomfortable it is to watch little girls trying to haul up their slipping-down tights? I mean, I lose my focus entirely when my tights won't stay up and I am almost as distracted by Genevieve's efforts to yank up her tights. So I stitched two pieces of elastic into the top. These are sweater tights, so they are sturdy enough to handle that.
These same tights (which I love - they go with everything and they say everything a child's clothes should say) also suffered a hole in the knee. I simply drew the hole together with a regular needle and yellow thread to match. It's a visible mend, but still, Genevieve can get more wear out of these favorite tights.
The other lower half mending job was patching some badly fraying material on Genevieve's slippers.
I covered most of the fraying by handstitching a wide black grosgrain ribbon around the bottom edge. I eyeballed two tucks near the toes to take in the extra ribbon.
As I sewed, I was awkwardly sticking one hand inside the slipper until it slowly dawned on me that this is the purpose of darning eggs (or mushrooms, as Marlyn clued me in). So I got the sweet little one that came with my sewing valet, and it worked so much better.
The slippers are in heavy action again.