I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I had started a blog post about patches and then kind of abandoned it. The original post that I had written in below in italics, and then I’ve added to it after that!
Come join me on another adventure of “Ashlie overthinks a very simple problem”!
So if you’ve been following me on social media in any capacity or have met me in real life, then you probably know of my love for patches and buttons and pins. Yes, they’re very popular and trendy, but I’ve always had a crush on them. (Insert +10 hipster points) In fact, at one point in high school I bought a whole pile of vintage patches because I thought they were so cool, but never could decide what to do with them, and eventually got rid of them. Sigh, the audacity of youth.
In any event – I have quite the collection now. My local business patches have gone onto a purse, which I love. I like having a theme. My pins are rotated on jackets and my outfits, so that works out well.
My problem now is that I have all these other patches and I’m having commitment issues about them. I just can’t decide where to put them! Do I commit to a jacket? But I like having my denim jacket without patches so I can wear it as a denim cardigan. I have another jacket that could have patches, but it’s a nice jacket and I don’t know if I want it to be a “patches jacket”. So do I buy an entirely new jacket to dedicate to patches? What about a backpack? My current backpack doesn’t get a lot of use, and it isn’t canvas so I don’t know how it would hold up to having patches sewn on it. Do I get another purse? A tote bag? Maybe I should make it fashionable to wear a sash covered in patches, a la Girl Guides?
I’m starting to build a little collection of paranormal-themed patches – and the way that Maiden Voyage Clothing Co. works, I’m bound to have a bunch more. So I would love to have them all together somewhere, but I just can’t decide!
Clearly, this is the biggest issue in my life, and I need some help! Any suggestions?
Since writing that a few months ago, I got the most beautiful tote bag from Cindy at The Cob Shop. The leather at the bottom is actually from my high school leather jacket. This thing is sturdy AF and I love it so much. I seriously can’t wait to buy another piece from her and you should really check her out!
This tote bag seemed like the perfect place for my paranormal/horror themed patches, so I’ve started sewing them on by hand after suffering a long battle with my sewing machine.
So far, so good, although I should probably straighten that Loch Ness one.
I still have these ones to add to it, once I feel like sewing them on.
So since those have a home, it’s all these patches that I’m not so sure about. The peepshow and Mabel’s patches should definitely stay together, right? So should they get their own bag or something? This is serious business.
Also, I hope you’re enjoying my fantastic styling of the patches by putting them on my old binding machine.
These last two need to be added to my London bag. I have a canvas Novack’s bag that I’ve covered with all London-related patches. It’s more of a summer type bag though.
What should I do, guys? I find more new patches I want every single day, so I need a game plan here! I’m still thinking I could bring the sash back into style if I really worked on it.