I was quite enraged when I contemplated the condition of my Promod coat after its first season. I suspected the knit fabric wouldn’t be too long-lasting, but given that I paid for it half my rent money, I put my trust in the brand’s hands and hoped to be surprised. I was to be surprised for sure, but not very pleasantly. Besides a bad-looking wear to the fabric, the lining of the coat got torn all over the place, as I noticed when the damage was already done.
I considered submitting a warranty claim, but I imagined I’d be told the usual: the coat is a fashion item designed for decoration and is not intended to be worn on a regular basis. (I’m not inventing this, it’s a legitimate excuse one gets often.) With much disgust, I decided to fix the gashes in the lining on my own. There were eight gaping wounds of different sizes and I sewed them as best as I could (which is poorly). The operation took about two hours and the patient is currently recuperating while on life support.
I used to darn socks when I was young and didn’t know any better, and I achieved some degree of proficiency in this useless task. While I don’t mind attempting to do things with my hands, I regularly fail pathetically. One has to owe to me that my stitches, however nasty looking, will last forever (and so far nothing I stitched together fell apart again). The first gap in the coat was sewn particularly terribly, but the final eighth gap already showed some signs of improvement in technique, as illustrated below.