I am usually not the type of girl to wear brightly coloured dresses, or shirts for that matter. I feel most comfortable in black, and grey, and white. So when I thought about working with patches it didn’t really struck me as my type of clothing. They can be bright, crazy and glittery. Pretty girly for my taste. Then there are these types of patches that you iron on your army jacket, or olive-coloured backpack. These are part of the punk culture, and you can still see some people running around with them. But I was never part of the punk movement, nor a particular girly girl. So why work with patches?
Patches & Denim = Dream Team
Patches actually have quite the long tradition. For centuries they offered the possibility to optically differentiate official and military rankings. After WWII those official patches were used for different purposes and expressed a political opinion, at least in Germany. Of course they are also used today by government organisations or sports teams. And people even collect them! Okay, people also collect cans. Basically, people collect everything. They were made by hand before the advent of computer technology, and they usually feature different embroidery techniques. So they were quite the little pieces of art back then. And although I like my clothes dark, I do like to make a statement as well. A patched denim jacket is just a perfect way to do so!
- A large denim jacket
- Various patches (get them here for example)
- White fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Sharp knife
Firstly think about a slogan or sentence or quote you want on your jacket. Print it out, then with a sharp knife carefully cut out the letters. Secure the stencil on the upper back of your jacket.
Paint the letters on the back of your jacket, and let everything dry completely. Secure the paint on the fabric by ironing it through a dish towel.
Time for the patches! Place them around the slogan first and play around a bit until you like them. It’s best to take a photo first to remember the placement of the patches.
Now heat up your iron, then iron the fabric a bit until it warms up. Place the patch on the desired area and iron over it through a dish towel. Apply a bit of pressure while doing so, and take extra care of the edges.
Repeat with the other patches, then turn around the jacket to the wrong side. Iron over the patches from the wrong side to attach them rightly. I had three patches double, so I attached them to the front. You can do that as well!
I am really proud of that one, because no one has one like it! I thought rather long about the words I was gonna put on the jacket, and I think those are quite fitting. And I can definitely say that this will be my favourite good-mood-jacket for summer! What do you think?