scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: "office" patches
Wed Jun 28 2000 - 05:38:51 CDT
Put your troop patches on as usual, then, turn the
> shirt inside out! You can use part of the shirt tail and the extra buttons
> to quickly fashion two "inside" epaulets for the grey tabs. Small American
> flags can be purchased at any craft store and sewn on the "inside" right
> shoulder exactly in the same spot as the original one on the "outside" of
> the shirt.
Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly, or maybe I'm an inept sewer.
However, if I turn my shirt inside out, there are raw edges on all the
seams. Furthermore the seams don't lie flat. Then there's the front part
where the buttons and buttonholes go. There are large flaps of material
that are quite noticeable.
Then there's the problem that the council patch, troop number, position,
etc. are on the left sleeve, while the U.S. flag is on the right. When I
turn my shirt inside out, the sleeve which was formerly on the left is now
on the right and vice versa.
I don't know what the insides of all your shirts look like, but the inside
of my left sleeve is festooned with white, burgundy, red and tan threads
from the sewing of the council patch, etc. They are very noticeable and the
small U.S. flag would cover hardly all of these threads. (If I sewed a U.S.
flag on the inside of my uniform on the backside of the current flag, it
would be on the wrong sleeve.)
Although this sounds like a nifty idea for saving money, the result might be
a somewhat less than presentable Scout uniform. (Besides, once you spend
all that money on duplicate patches, you might as well get a second shirt.
You'll use it - I guarantee.)