Today marks the fourth edition of the Urban Survivalist, our DIY, self-improvement series that focuses on home-ec-related tasks that you may not ever have attempted in your life, but really should. (And while these household jobs may intimidate you, they really shouldn’t.) So how are you doing with all this cunning craftiness? As you know, our goal here is to try to encourage you (and ourselves) to become more self-sufficient in our daily lives, because we’re pretty sure that doing so will only improve our state of mental health, and – maybe on some small level – increase our overall happiness. (Here’s hoping.) Plus, we’re positive that learning to do something new (however simple) builds strong character. To top it off, we may even save a little money while we’re at it. (And we’d be lying if we said that little perk doesn’t please us.) So are you trying to learn? Learning to try? Or just supremely frustrated and dropping off your clothes at the tailor more than ever? Let us know in our comments section, below.
And stick with us, because his time around I asked Amber Matassa, Blisstree contributor, former editor of Threads magazine and all-around sewing expert, to challenge our slowly developing self-sufficiency skills, while still making the task doable enough for craftily-challenged types like me (so as to avoid a complete mental meltdown, which would pretty much defeat the self-improvement aspect of this series). The result? Our how to repair a tear in a seam video.
Of course, something like this is a snap for a pro like Amber to do, but what about the rest of us, who pride ourselves on doing as little as possible for ourselves when it comes to everyday chores that we’d happily (and lazily) pay other people to do for us? Well, this weekend, we plan to find out by pulling out that ripped skirt, threading our own needle, and getting down to business. Let’s see – and then do.