Patching Up a Down Jacket, Literally

I love my down jacket. I see it as an investment. It’s a light jacket with a hood that keeps me warm all winter long. I don’t need extra layers or a hat or other jackets. This one jacket does it all. It also folds up small if it’s that time of the year when you go out with a jacket and then it gets too warm to wear.

This is my third winter with it and I’ve had no need for another jacket in all this time. When I put a hole in it a couple of weeks ago, I just couldn’t toss it. This jacket is too nice, too warm, and keeps my wardrobe simple. I had to try to fix it.

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It’s made of a thin synthetic fabric, so there was no easy solution, especially as iron-on is out of the question. Also because the hole is in an unfortunate place, centered on the most prominent place on any girl’s front.

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Nothing using heat would work because of it’s poly fabric. The material is so thin, that subtle stitching wouldn’t work either. I decided to try putting a patch on it. The worst that could happen is that I would ruin it, but hey, it was already ruined.

Do you know how hard it was to find the right patch? Most patches are round which wasn’t going to be a good choice if I still wanted to wear this to work or church. A circle would just highlight the unfortunate placement of the hole. Cut out patches posed two problems. One was finding one I could love as I felt many were kind of out-dated. The second problem was the intricacy of the outline would mean a whole lot more careful stitching.

I finally went with a spaceman patch from Mokuyobi shaped like a home base. It was big enough to cover whatever reinforcement stitching I might need and could be shifted up so as not to be centered over this troublesome spot.

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I also thought it was appropriate because I’ve often thought my gray jacket looked like it might be a spaceman’s jacket. This patch came with a fun Guide for Patches printed on the back. I definitely had to go with Plan B.

But first, I reinforced the hole going around it in straight stitch and then filling the area with a zig-zag stitch. I wasn’t sure I should just go through all the layers, but based on how the professional stitches did just that, I did too. It felt lazy, but it needed the strength of the layers.

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I also neglected to be neat as the spot would be soon hidden.

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I stitched around the edge, and voila!

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It’s not so obvious over the ‘girly’ part, looking more like a badge. I am seriously considering embracing the space jacket idea with a space-themed circular patch on the upper arm, and maybe a NASA patch somewhere else.

At least I can now resume wearing my super warm investment jacket without any shame for the obvious hole. Shame for the imperfect stitching might still occur, but that’s easier to blow off.

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