Like most women, I have this pair of jeans that I keep in the back of my dresser drawer. No, they're not jeans that are so tight I have to lay on the bed and exhale to zip up. They're jeans that I loved to wear when I was 23 years old that suffered the fate of too much of my love..... I wore them so much that a distressed spot on the back of my left leg just under my butt cheek eventually became a small hole which grew with each wear and wash. That tiny hole is now a gaping canyon stretching the width of the leg from seam to seam.
No, I won't post any pictures of me in them so you can see the hole. You'll have to take my word for it. :p
Anyone with common sense would have done something with these jeans: patched them, recycled them, or tossed them. Not me. These jeans were so perfect on me at the time, hugging every curve, with the perfect length inseam, that I couldn't bear to let them go. So there they rested, first lurking in the back of my closet, buried in the mess, and then recently liberated and relocated to my newly-cleared dresser drawer.
I haven't put them on years -- 10 to be precise. My weight has changed here and there over the decade, and I really didn't want to depress myself by putting on jeans that were likely to be too small for me to squeeze my thighs into.
Today, however, I'm home with my sick 8-year-old (I swear, I'm going to turn her into the next bubble girl if this keeps up) and not feeling great myself, and had the crazy idea that I was going to try them on. Slowly, I slide my right leg in..... with no trouble. And I stop, shocked for a moment. Is it possible that I'm thinner than I was at 23?! No, it can't be! I slide my left leg in, and surprisingly, no trouble other than attempting to keep from snagging the gap with my foot. I pull the seat over my kiester, button, zip, and -- holy cow!!!!! -- they fit!
And they're a little loose!! oh my gosh....
And I smile. Ah, this is nice, but my left butt cheek is cold :(
So, until I find a way to repair them (reweaving the denim might be possible, but kinda pricey, and I don't want to patch them unless there's no other option), I've been cruising new jeans. Sadly, I have expensive taste, but I love these so much.
Someday soon, these will be mine!!!!
*image courtesy of Couture Candy