Sewing Adventures – Boro repair

By Susan | Comments: 6 | August 18, 2016

This week has been the pits, I’ve caught a cold from The Englishman and we’ve both been ill since Sunday. The only brightside being at least we are both sick and gross together and it’s not just one of us having to put up with the other being sick.
Naturally all my sewing plans have gone utterly out the window as I’ve been sleeping most days.
Yesterday I wanted to do something so I thought I would tackle a repair job that has been a long time waiting.


This is the top half of a Jin-bei set we bought on our last trip to Japan. Made from a yarn dyed Shijira fabric it is lightweight with a slight crinkle to the hand feel. The Englishman loves it as it’s so lightweight perfect for wearing about the house in hot weather.
Sadly the back ripped and it got put aside to be fixed, then adopted by the cat as a sleeping mat and there it has been for way too long.

Using some scrap pieces of Japanese fabrics and a piece of Shibori scrap I had leftover from another project, I cut swatches to cover the holes.


Using a crochet thread I started stitching the swatches into place using a Sashiko style stitch.


I even did some horizontally just to see how it would look? And naturally the cat needed to come and inspect my work.


The finished repair.


Now how it looks as part of the overall garment.


Am so glad it could be salvaged and I’m slightly hoping it will tear somewhere else so I can add some more Boro repair to it.


  • Sarah
    August 18, 2016

    Looks great. My husband and I tend not to cross infect. I think we’d be unbearable if we had the same bug at the same time! Hope you feel better soon.

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 22, 2016

      Finally on the mend but it’s been a rough time, we rarely cross infect but it’s normally one gets it one week and then the other the next week. At least both at once is better in our tiny space. It’s not like we can kick each other to the other room when we don’t have one!

  • kathryn
    August 18, 2016

    I just love how this looks, and the whole ethos behind Boro. You’ve made me rethink my plans to cut up my favourite, but ripped, Sorbetto top for use in quilting. Maybe I should try and rescue it with some visible repairs.

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 22, 2016

      I know what you mean, suddenly repairs look all shiny and new when you know you can make them visible and beautiful. Good Luck with the Sorbetto

  • Maris Olsen
    August 19, 2016

    Nice, nice repair job! Love how Japanese clothes incorporate this mending style. 🙂

    • Susan Goodwin
      August 22, 2016

      Thanks, am quite pleased with how it all turned out, it’s even encouraged me to go back and do some more sashiko stitching on other projects so it’s quite the winner

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