Favorite Piece of Clothing Eulogy

As I’ve watched and waiting for prompts this week I’ve been a little worried about Ann, thinking she must be having a busy week. Hoping it’s a good busy week, not just a bad week. Sending good thoughts. In the meantime, I’m going with this little prompt I picked up here.


Last month, on perhaps one of barely two days where temperatures dipped low enough to hint that it should be fall and with great anticipation, I went looking for my favorite shirt.

My black 100% cotton knit Croft and Barrow mock turtleneck I bought on sale at Kohl’s a few years ago. On such a good sale I purchased too–one black and one red.*

It’s perfect.

Not too short. Not too long.

Not too big. Not too tight.

And the mock turtle is just the right amount of mock and the right amount of turtle.

Very Steve Jobs, I think.

And easily casual or dressy.

I pulled the mock turtleneck over my head and excitedly stretched my arms up over my head and through each sleeve, reveling in the familiar comfort of a perfectly worn and well loved shirt.

And then I noticed the holes.

A series of what look like bite marks wrapped around the left sleeve just an inch or so up the arm.

Moths?

Mice?

There are no other signs of either in my drawer. In fact there are merino wool blends in that same drawer. And the red turtleneck was folded right next to the black one over winter.

I still have no idea what made the holes. And I unapologetically keep wearing the shirt. But as I examined my bare skin exposed through the randomly scattered holes around my forearm–holes that seem to grow just a tiny bit larger each time I wash the shirt–I decided it’s time.

Not time to discard the shirt. It’s literally the most comfortable shirt ever. And my attempts to find a replacement via Kohl’s or Amazon have failed miserably.

It’s time to come up with an interesting and clever–and yet somehow not tacky or sloppy–way to mend the shirt.

I’m reminded of Zack’s friend who mended well-loved jeans with bright-colored patterned-fabric face up, proudly and happily declaring to the world its unique splash of zing and power to save what once was lost.

And my imagination wanders. Could I pull it off on just one sleeve of my shirt? What if I cut off the lower length of both sleeves, folded the edges over and sewed them over interesting fabric or maybe even a comfy black lace? Neatly enough to appear it was meant to be that way.

I don’t know.

But I’m thinking about it.

*The brief vision of soft pink brought to memory the possibility the sale was so good I purchased three–black, red, and pink. And now I wonder, whatever happened to the pink one? And how is it I totally forgot about it? Or did I only imagine it? I don’t even know.

Post Edit: On a whim I searched again, even though I’ve looked in store and many times online. I was looking for turtleneck, not mockneck. And I failed to realized they consider it a tee. Simply a long-sleeved tee.

Normally $18.99, I just purchased 3–black, a creamy color called “pristine,”and–get this, black with dots!–on sale at $13.99 each. Plus an additional 15% off. Free in-store pickup saved me $9. So with tax they are $12.70 each. I almost ordered two in black, but I’m kind of liking my intentional layer-look mend idea, so I’m going to give it a go. Oh happy day!

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