Monday, November 2, 2015

Before and After

fleece jacket with logo
I've never been one to wear the latest fashion or change my wardrobe with the season. I like clothing that is casual, comfortable and reasonably priced. I refuse to pay for over-priced clothing simply because it is "in style" or "in season." I refuse to pay high prices for inferior-made clothing.

Thrift shops are always packed with clothing, and it requires patience to find the gems among the trash. Looking through the racks, I search for brands that are familiar to me: first for quality and second for consistent sizing. I will not spend more than $5.00 for a used item.

Many people dismiss the new (with tags attached) or practically-new fleece vests, jackets and coats in the thrift shops because they have embroidered advertising patches, like the one shown above. I don't mind wearing these items, but last week, I decided to try a "makeover" on a L.L. Bean fleece jacket by using some quilting scraps to cover the logo.

I found some orphan quilt blocks and pieces of quilt blocks in my stash and got to work. I didn't use any interfacing on the fabric because the existing logo on the jacket would provide the stability the patch needed. I stitched closely around the edge of the patch and then around each small square.

Later, I might add some buttons to the simple patch.



The possibilities of creating patches to cover the business logos are endless. Those with embroidery machines could easily create their own patches to affix over the existing logo.

The jacket that I worked with costs $30.00 new: I paid $2.00 at the thrift shop.

Do you shop at thrift stores?

13 comments:

  1. I love your new to you jacket! I love the thrift, and wear lots of clothing from there. Designer brands with the tags intact, sometimes!!

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  2. You did a great job. it looks wonderful and will keep you warm.

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  3. I am a thrift shop girl and rarely buy anything new....

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  4. I love how your patch personalizes this jacket! I used to stop in thrift stores occasionally to look for household treasures, not clothes. I dislike shopping for clothes so much, that I don't think I would have the patience to find the gems among the trash.

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  5. I don't do thrift stores anymore, but it's mainly due to lack of patience. I did when my kids were young. This is a very cute disguise for the original logo. And that fleece looks brand new.

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  6. I have bought a few things at garage sales. Our local thrift shop has never had too much that excited me other than dishes with a chip! Great makeover Nancy...yes a button or two would be a great design element! :)

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  7. I love what you did to your jacket! I love thrift stores for just about anything. I hate paying big bucks for clothes, so I'm happy with what I find thriftiness and no one ever know unless you tell. Hugs,

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  8. The way you covered up the logo and personalized it with quilting pieces is very clever. Nicely done!

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  9. Hi Nancy!!! What a "Frugal Frannie" you are!!!! Just my kind of gal. I definitely do thrift stores and love to find bargains anywhere I can. Your remake is a gem - Bravo!!!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  10. I certainly do! I have found jackets, blazers, jeans, shirts, popcorn machines, my old kitchen aid mixer...all kinds of things! Love your quilting logo covers

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  11. That is an amazing make-over.

    I'm not much for thrift shopping (or T. J. Maxx, Marshalls type of stores). To me the disorganization of rummage sale look really frustrate me. I do much better shopping sales at the brand stores I like --- Land's End or Talbots.

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  12. You bet I shop at thrift stores. I buy almost all my clothes at thrift stores and like you I never pay more than $5 for anything. Usually much, much less. And they're all brands you'd find in high price stores. Just maybe a season or two behind. I could care less I like classic styles, so it always works. Your idea for covering the logo is brilliant. I am so going to do this. Thanks for sharing this great tip, Nancy! Have a super week. xo

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  13. My mother brought my sisters and I up on rummage sale and thrift store clothes. When you try them on and they fit you know that won't change when you launder them. To have the shrinkage already taken care of is a good thing. To shop in a 'regular' store is either a special treat or a terrible headache or disappointment (depending on current finances). Also, my quilting stash is largely based on the monthly 99-cent sale day purchases.

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