Archive for July, 2009

From the field: Germany: Mended Trousers


I met Bure (Stockhlom, sweden) at the Hababusch Hostel, in Weimar.  
Bure, is a street performer, taxi driver, who lived in a tent outside stockholm for three years, because he was tired of working stupid jobs.  He wore these pants out one night, and of coarse I had share them with you.  He purchased them second hand, at that time they were tan, without mends. 


































Bure, uses what he has on hand for thread – in one case dental floss worked great.












the trousers have also become a canvas for political action, and commentary about the happenings in Sweden.  These trousers are a wonderful example of Thoreau’s comment’s about mending, and garments people one with our bodies the longer they are worn.


Swapping is better than shopping.


During my return to Weimar, I swapped a favorite shirt purchased in Helsinki three years ago, with an embroidered patch, made while working in Weimar.

It was a cool day, and I hadn’t brought a sweater with me, and the one hanging on the line looked very similar to the shirt I was wearing, it seemed like a perfect match.

Free change – exchange – extends the life of a garments, honoring the labor of it’s production.

By the end of the day, the shirt found a new home.  The life of the shirt is extended.

Create opportunities to swap rather than shop!    Host a party, friend to friend, or bring items u haven’t looked at in years to the Sewing Rebellion!












original shirt










Public offender patch, made in Weimar in 2006.













the swap!  












gift transaction complete.


July Sewing Rebellion Production:


Central Iowa Chapter-

Sunday 26, 12- 4 pm, Ames Progressive,

     118 Hayward Ave, Suite #3, Ames Iowa


Lancaster PA Chapter –
     TBA, Location to be determined


Chicago Chapter-

     Sunday July 19, 9, 12 – 4 PM, Mess Hall,

     6932 North Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL



Los Angeles Chapter –

     Sunday July 19, 3-7 PM, Hands-on 3rd,

     8377 W. Third St., LA CA, 90048, 323.655.0515