Camouflage No More

Thanks for your readership last week when I had the privilege of interviewing fellow Veterans.  I’m glad you enjoyed their stories as much as I enjoyed sharing them.

It seems appropriate, though in a much more light-hearted post, to share the outcome of updating my Army jacket.  More than a year ago while still living in Madison, I posted an ad on Craigslist‘s Creative Gigs section for help adorning my GI cold-weather jacket:

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I wanted something unique and feminine atop the invisibility of my old camouflage but sadly I didn’t get any takers.  On the eve of our move to Madison – and I mean 11 days before the truck came – I hit the panic button and walked in to EmbroiderMe, a shop I had spied months earlier, with my jacket and some designs from Etsy.  I just wanted something done before I moved to a place where I knew nothing.

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This guy was so helpful and patient that I am embarrassed I didn’t write down his name.  He embroidered two bird details around the collar and a large piece on the back in six days.  This is a rave about EmbroiderMe in Madison, Wisconsin.  Call them, visit them, hire them.

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I knew that I wanted much more done to my jacket however, so after arriving in Montreal I stepped into a fabric store and found a small patch that read “STAR”.  I bought it on a whim but it spurred me to repost my ad on Montreal’s Craigslist.  I had much more success this time and after meeting in the convenience of my home with Farrah Star velcro’d to my lap, I hired Costumer and Milliner Colin Campbell for the project.

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We collaborated twice in person as well as via Facebook on color, pattern and notions but ultimately, expectedly, Colin drove this creation.  What a pleasure it is to work with a local, professional artist.  He gave me what I asked of him; something feminine and unique that was baby-wearing friendly and warm.  To go even further, Colin created for me a family heirloom; a soldier’s uniform kissed by her daughter’s name.  That’s style.

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Thank you Colin.  I love it!

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Find Colin here: Colin Campbell, Chapelier and on his Facebook page.

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