Monday, September 17, 2012

A Blast from the Past

I haven't saved many of the dozens of embellished sweatshirts I made back in the 80's and 90's, but there were a few that made the cut for one reason or another.  The scarecrow shirt was not only saved, but it comes out once a year, usually when I start to see color in trees and catch the autumn spirit.  This applique pattern was from an old Piecemakers calendar, and I think it was so popular way back when that they put out a little pattern for it.  This was the first time I made a "ragged" applique, using "scribble" stitches to hold it in place.  The scarecrow's jeans were carefully cut from some old Levis, and the straw hat and crow  moon fabric was, of course, Debbie Mumm.  I can't begin to tell you how many of these sweatshirts I made, or how many were  made by the Women of the Woods, a bunch of sewers that weren't very old back then.  I am hoping if I keep this long enough, it will become back in style.  But, of course, I don't really care that much if I am just a bit un-stylish.  It brings back great memories.  And, it is about the only thing from over 20 years ago that still fits.  Jerilynn


  1. OMG, the memories flooded back on this. I, too, still have that sweatshirt. It is in a pile of things to make into pillows. There was a snowman one that was similiar! Sigh, I sure do miss those special people and all the lessons learned in Eagleton!
    But we are on to new lessons and memories but those first years will always have a soft place in my heart.

  2. I still have my scarecrow sweatshirt too! Like Joanie...when I have something I decide I am no longer going to wear, I make it into a pillow unless it is totally falling apart. We sure had a lot of fun in the woods making seasonal clothing and quilts!