I would just put the patches on with safety pins and put a note in the pocket that they were replaced. You could always just use 2 sided tape to, otherwise somebody might think you made up the uniform. I wouldn't sew them on that is evil and should not be done to any uniform missing insignia, it then becomes a humped together uniform not a restoration. On the note put that you replaced the patches so the next collector doesn't get bent out of shape that the patches, even though they are identical to the ones in the photo and are WW2 vintage were not the ones the guy had on in the photo.. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbdown.gif
Thanks for some good tips. There is almost no indication at all that there use to be a patch on the uniform from the outside sleeve, but there are some loose threads on the inside of the sleeve saying there use to be.
I guess I will try and look at a couple other uniforms I have and see how they are sewn on, then I will try and replicate what I see. I admit that I am no natural born sewer either, but I am pretty confident I can do I good job. Whenever I get around to completing the sewing I will post pictures for you guys to comment on.Baker:
I do admit that you do have a point as well. All of us collectors have our own preferences on how we like things to be and I respect that. For me though, that wouldn't be my cup of tea.
Unlike some collectors here that have their collections stored away, I like to take mine out and display them at various school, VFW Posts, and special events. So to bring his plain looking uniform, while in some cases would be ok, just not would sit well with me.
Also, had I not received the picture of Mr. Hackett where I couldn't see the insignia or patches he had, I may have let it go. Now though, I would like to restore the uniform to it's, "original" condition.
There are some things that you should be proud of that I am doing to help out the next person in line that may buy this uniform. I was already planning on adding a note with the uniform saying that I modified it, which I do with ALL items in my collection that I modify. I also chose to use vintage materials that aren't reproduced pieces.
For example, if I aquire a uniform with a missing button on the front, I try and find a vintage, not reproduced, alternate to add onto it. I know some collectors like to keep their items completely unfooled around with, and I realize that and respect it, but I like to do things a little different. I do appreciate your input on this matter though. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/
Edited by ww2vault, 23 September 2008 - 01:58 PM.