First off, HI everyone! I am back to blogging and am so happy to be here, sharing the things I love with you all. Look forward to lots of fun DIY’s, coverage of Miami geek-centric events and, as always, geeky fun + fashion! With that said, I’m launching into something I’ve really gotten into lately when I want to stand out with something unique: customizing vests/jackets. As you all know, I rocked my very first “fandom jacket” last year at SDCC, and since then, I’ve wanted to have several different themed jackets and vests depending on the event/location/mood. I started on a motherhood vest late last year, and just started on my Disney one.
Reason I like making these is because with all the geeky pop culture merch flying out of seemingly everywhere and anywhere lately, it is hard to stand out with something original at times. I like thinking that with one of these, no one will have my exact outfit, and that makes me feel pretty special. They are also so fun to put together! So fun, I decided to share my process with all of you!
This time around, I decided to head to Goodwill to pick up my vest. I totally lucked out and scored this acid wash one for only $3. It’s light and soft, which is perfect for the parks at any time of year here in Florida, honestly. I’ll be back again in August, so I definitely didn’t want anything too heavy or thick. I also love it’s rock and roll edge with the silly studs. I then got to work gathering all my favorite Disney pins + patches. I tend to figure out placement while it’s laying flat, but sometimes I have to put it on and then see where things will look best or have most visibility when worn.
Once everything is arranged, instead of ironing on patches, I use fabric glue to glue them on. I feel like it lasts longer and looks better, as the corners don’t turn up or get detached. My favorite is liquid stitch, which you can find anywhere (amazon). I let that sit for literally just a few minutes, and then voila! I am ready to rock with a truly original and fun piece.
I can’t wait to debut this little guy on our next trip!
If you have any questions about makers of pins or patches, comment below and I’ll let you know.
Makers will also be tagged on Instagram!
Elsie Rodriguez says
Look the glue idea! So much easier than iron or trying to get someone to sew. Will definitely be using some of your tips!
Anika Guldstrand says
Glad you’re back. <3 This is super cute!! I totally didn't know about liquid stitch and will maybe actually put some patches on some things now haha
I love cusomising my jackets, I’ve been thinking of making another one soon as it’s so much fun and a great way to show off your merch xoxo
♡ Kristin ♡ says
Glad you’re back! Your jacket is so cute!
Natalie Patalie says
Love your vest! Do you know if the Liquid Stitch holds up well after washing?
Right? It’s a life saver.
It really is!
It says it does on the bottle, but I don’t trust it fully. I don’t usually wash my “patched” jackets (I know, kinda gross).