Hi?

Hi /fa. I’ve got a surp M65 jacket that’s in need of some repairs. I sew as a hobby and have been wanting to make some unique pieces, so I had thought about doing some visible mending on the areas that need repairs, but also wanted to do some modifications to it since I have the ability. That being said, any advice on what I should do to it? I really like experimental type stuff and want to make it artistic but not stupid. Keep in mind I can add all different types of fabric, patterns, tapes, notions, etc. Not even opposed to dye since the color has faded a lot. >pic rel but not my example

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    • Anonymous says:

      They’re sizing is all over the place though. My m51 is labeled the same size as my m65 and its like twice as big and long. The collars and sleeves wear out really fast too so ill pick the 65 any day

      • Anonymous says:

        Really? I’ve had my m51 (which was a good 60 years old when I bought it) for nearly a decade now and it’s holding up well, I just hate the thick collar/hood of the m65, that’s really the only reason I prefer the m51

        • Anonymous says:

          Yours might be from a good production year with thicker material or something but yes I’ve had the cuffs disintegrate after washing one time and the collars seem to all rub away where it folds and touches the neck. I’ve only had ones from the early 60s so maybe the older ones were built better

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sashiko is classic for visible mending. You could layer a darker green, black, etc for tonal contrast. A Speedweve type loom (picrel)gives you color/pattern variations. Patchwork offers texture differences. Lots of options.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have one with a tiny hole maybe 1/4th the size of a penny. Whats the easiest way to prevent it getting worse? I can’t sew

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you want to emphasize your face then embellish the epaulets and collar. Want symmetry? Embellish the pocket flaps and sleeve cuffs. Want long vertical lines? Embellish the outsides of the sleeves from shoulder to cuff and the front closure overlap. Mending can coordinate or contrast with the embellished areas.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you’re going to do this at least make sure there’s no US ARMY nametape or you’re unironically stolen valor and someone will chimp out at you (someone may chimp out at you either way though).

    • Anonymous says:

      This is awesome, thanks!

      I would personally go with a giant back patch and maybe a pin that says "heck you" but that’s just me. I have one and I keep it original with the old unit patches

      I like the idea but I’m afraid the pin and "heck you" is too ‘punk’. I did toy with the idea of putting something on it like that Shakespeare quote "the first thing we should do is kill all lawyers". Something esoteric like that but eye-catching nonetheless

      If you’re going to do this at least make sure there’s no US ARMY nametape or you’re unironically stolen valor and someone will chimp out at you (someone may chimp out at you either way though).

      Yea I’ve had some old people thank me for my service once when wearing it lol. It doesn’t have the tape on it anymore, I don’t want to deal with military tards either lol

  4. Anonymous says:

    I would personally go with a giant back patch and maybe a pin that says "heck you" but that’s just me. I have one and I keep it original with the old unit patches

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