One of the best ways to express who you are is through the diverse world of fashion. What you wear speaks immediately for you, it gives people an idea of what your personality is like, what you’re into and sometimes even what your profession is. Fashion speaks a lot. For myself I enjoy how diverse fashion is, I love how you can team up the same top 10 different ways, on 10 different people, with different body shapes and it still be that same top! I love that there is no right or wrong way to dress, its all about what you like and how you want to express yourself. I’ve always been really into vintage wear; I love that old pieces can be recycled and given some life through someone else enjoying them. Vintage pieces already tell a story and they often have so much character.
I’m a 90’s baby so its really exciting for me that chokers and space buns have made a come back! Growing up I was really into patches, my sister was in the local ‘brownies’ group and she had this sash with loads of patches on that I always envied. My love for patches has never been satisfied. Whats so great about a good patch is that they can be used on anything, bags, hats, jeans, jackets! Am I selling the patch love to you yet? I always say Accessories make an outfit. I didn’t quite realise how much a choker could transform my whole outfit, or how a hat can add so much sass! Patches are the next best thing to a good accessory, so today I’m going to show you how to jazz up your denim at home with my DIY Denim revival!
I’m using a vintage demin jacket that I bought a few years ago from a thrift shop in Brick Lane (Brick Lane is amazing for vintage clothes shopping). The patches were bought from eBay and Etsy, you’ll find so many that its hard to pick just a few! #cheapandcheerful
First you’ll need to check if you have iron on or sew on patches. Iron on patches have a glossy glue type backing and sew on are usually just fabric. I’m using Iron on patches, these stick best on Denim anyway!
Arrange your patches, you’ll want to play around with placement so that the overall look is exactly how you want it. Don’t rush this step.
With a sew on patch its pretty self explanatory, sew that bad boy on until it sticks!! With your Iron on patch you’ll need to heat your iron on quite a hot setting, make sure there is no water in the Iron as you don’t want to create steam.
Place your patch onto your denim assuring its at the correct angle and cover with a tea towel, flannel or loose material you have lying around.
Hold the heated iron directly on top and press down for 10-20 seconds, gently lift the cloth to see if all corners have stuck well. If not try again for another 10 seconds.
Now let your patch cool. If you want to secure your patch even more you should consider sewing a tiny bit at the top and bottom or the corners of each patch.
Continue until all patches are attached and enjoy your new, now full of character Demin!!