I firmly believe once you start travelling and you enjoy being on the road, everything changes. Trips help you to become rich by delivering a new life perspective, attention to details, new lifestyle experiences, more questions, and curiosity.
Probably, my wanderlust desire was born when I was young. Back then, I would spend the weekends at my grandparents` house, in the countryside. To get there, I had to travel 20 minutes by train, and every single time I was so excited about the journey. Growing up, I would spend my summer and winter holidays travelling with my family in Romania, my home country. At university, as a geography student, the excursions continued; together with my colleagues and teachers we explored the beauty of Romania. The I started to work abroad during two summers in Greece, enrolled in work and travel USA program, and I had an Erasmus Internship in France.
I can`t speak about journeys without mentioning souvenirs. In the past, I used to collect postcards, all sorts of maps, key rings, fridge magnets and of course something local: food (most of the time sweets) or handcraft pieces. Also, I would also take thousands of pictures which I plan to print, but it didn`t happen yet. Because I like vintage and second-hand items, I wouldn’t miss any flea market experience in any new country I visit. I love fashion and wandering at the same time so that I will collect patches.
The patch trend was so popular this spring/summer. I have seen the patch denim pieces in so many stores such as Topshop, Zara, River Island, Next, New Look and in online as well on Asos, Ebay, Etsy, etc. So I wanted one for myself. Therefore, today`s post is an easy and fun DIY idea: my wanderlust patch denim vest. Yes, you guessed it! The patches are from all the countries/ places I visited. If you want to create your own or just a similar one, here you go.
What you need:
1. A denim piece. If you don`t want denim, you can (almost) choose any other fabric. Just follow this rule: if you can iron it, you can use it.
2. Patches. Colourful and crazy patches are perfect to have fun with.
3. Iron. Make sure the steam option is turned off and that there is no water in the iron.
4. A piece of plain paper or a thin cloth/towel
How to create your denim jacket with patches:
1. First of all, read the instructions your patches come with. Some of the patches have a cloth backing; others have glue on the back. 2. Prepare the denim. Lay your piece on a flat, heat-resistant surface; it can be on an ironing board or a sturdy table. I recommend ironing the fabric to get rid of any wrinkles.
3. Think about what design you want. Place the patches on the denim (with the adhesive side against the flat fabric) and play around until you are satisfied with the final result. 4. Bring the paper/thin cloth fabric over the patch. While you are making sure your design is still intact, place the heated iron (preferably on cotton setting) over and press down for 1 minute. Repeat this action for every single patch.
5. Finally, check to see if the patch is fixed. Therefore, you can repeat step 4 until your patches look good enough. 6. In addition, to take extra care, you can consider sewing the patches around the edges.
My wanderlust denim vest is not finished yet. Furthermore, I still have a lot of space to add my future adventures and finally, I can not wait to be on the road again.
Vest -Levis – thrift and upgraded by me | Boots -Debenhams |Sweater – Primark|
Skirt- Shein |Watch – Casio| Bag- Shein