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Adding Elbow Patches to Worn-In Sweaters

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Okay, so here's the situation:

I picked up the white Wings+Horns Tiger Fleece sweater in December, and used it heavily throughout the winter months. 5 months later I realized that the elbow patches were really wearing down quickly from excessive wear. One side is much more heavily worn than the other side, so it's probably a personal problem (I lean on things with my elbow a lot). Either way, I'm really interested in sewing on elbow patches to extend its life, but I have no idea how to approach this and so I'm seeking your help.

Firstly, would elbow patches even look good on this sweater?
http://www.francesmay.com/assets/2011/10/05/wh-sweatshirt.jpg

What materials are elbow patches usually made of? Suede? Cotton? I have no clue.

Where would I get these materials? I tried a local Fabricland but I'm not sure if they have what I'm looking for.

Lastly, if I take the fabric to a tailor, would they cut it to size and sew it on for me? Is this a common job for them to do? How much would I expect to pay for all of this?

Sorry for the overload of questions- It's just something I want to get done in my spare time this summer to get it ready for next winter. I'm a student and don't have the money to be buying expensive sweaters every year. Thanks for reading!smile.gif

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http://www.styleforum.net/t/290042/felt-elbow-patches-an-experiment

Here is a link that I hope will help.
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Whoa that's really  nifty. Great post.

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Leather would likely work best.  Something like what Margiela does shown in the pic.  If you did it right (like had a tailor do it) it would probably turn out pretty cool. 

 

maison-martin-margiela-blue-elbow-patch-sweater-product-4-1144872-353852678_full.jpg

 

Another option is to get an invisible repair, like what you see done with denim.  You would be able to see the stitching but it would still look cool, at least in my opinion.

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