Having stocked in the iconic Liberty London for nearly two decades, I was delighted to be asked to create a bespoke denim jacket for their Haberdashery department to sit alongside our iron on patches.
Here’s the jacket on its patch and stitch journey!
The Design Process
I was never going to be able to squeeze all 50 of the patch designs Liberty stock, so I had to narrow it down to a selection that worked in the space. Once I was happy with the layout I took a photo and removed the patches. Referring to the photograph, I then ironed down each patch. If you're looking for help on how to attach your iron on patches to clothing and accessories, check out our guide here.
I love the combination of patch and stitch so using the threads from our Magic Stitch Kit, I worked a rainbow of cross stitch along the jacket seams. I made a diamond template and using the vanishing fabric pen, I drew around it along the base of the jacket. The diamonds were embroidered using back stitch and I highlighted them with some metallic gold embroidery too.
Using templates from the Magic Stitch Kit I traced them onto the water soluble embroidery paper, and then cut them out and positioned them around the jacket. I then embroidered over these and washed away the paper to reveal the embroidery.
The top back panel of the jacket felt like it should be patch free but needed to be special. I digitally enlarged the Liberty logo, printed it off and traced it onto the water soluble embroidery paper. I then embroidered over the logo in chain stitch. I made a paper star template and traced around it using the vanishing fabric pen. With the aid of a ruler, I then marked out the rest of the pattern. I used metallic gold thread doubled up and back stitched over the pattern.
Keeping the front of the jacket patch free but using templates from the Magic Stitch Kit, I then embroidered on a selection of motifs.
It’s hard to know when to stop when going for a maximalist look, as it’s easy to become obsessed with filling gaps with stitch! But when I decided to down my needle and threads, I washed the jacket to remove the pen and residue of the water soluble paper.
It's great to see the jacket in its new home, and I hope to inspire others to do their own. A project like this doesn’t have to be done in one go, it can be a gentle project with new patches and stitch added over time.