Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blast from the past: Sewing projects from my youth

Oops!  I took the day off from work yesterday and completely forgot I hadn't scheduled something to post!  So here's Friday's post, a day late. Since we have Monday off too, maybe I'll go ahead and schedule that one now... Enjoy!!

 I've been crafty for a long long time.  I can't remember when I first learned to sew, but I was pretty young.  I started out making doll clothes for my baby doll.  In my head I did most of it myself, and all my mom did was help me interpret the patterns, but I'm sure she did a lot of the work too, since now I don't really enjoy sewing itty bitty little things, but maybe I did really do most of it.  After all, my hands were smaller then.  Anyways,  a while back I wandered around my mom's house taking pictures of things I made.  One pattern that got tons of use at our house was Simplicty 7367.  I was a little shocked at how simple it was for me to find this pattern online - and then I was shocked again to see that it was from 1967!  My mom had this pattern for almost 20 years before I was even born - wowwie!

The most used view from this pattern at our house was the frog.  I think we had about 5 of these around the house in various colors, but always in corduroy.  My brother had Mr. Frog, Mrs. Frog and Grandpa frog (he was always a very creative namer).  I decided I wanted to make some frogs for myself, so my mom helped me make these 2.

We always made them as bean bags instead of pillows.  These frogs were super popular in our house!  Grandpa frog sprung several leaks in his lifetime, but he always got "surgery" instead of being thrown in the trash.  Now my frogs live on top of the DVD shelf with Grandpa frog.

The other view that I made was the pig.

Piggy has seen better days...  He's got some pretty nasty orange spots that I have no idea where they came from, and his curly tail has seen better days.  And he's always been really flat...  Cute, but not nearly as cute as the one on the pattern envelope... Oh well!

Here's a funny story about this piggy.  One week in Junior girl scouts, we had to make stuffed animals or some sort of toy and bring them to the meeting - I don't remember why, but that's not the important part.  I made the piggy for my project.  I was sure everyone would be really impressed with my pig, but then I got there and one of the other girls had made the EXACT same thing! Same pattern, same pig. Ok - the fabrics were different, but what are the odds right?  I guess her mom held on to all her old patterns too!  We were both kind of blown away.  I still am actually.  What a bizarre coincidence!

Anyways, I'm sure this pattern will be in my life forever!  I'm surprised Josie doesn't have a beanbag froggy of her own yet!


Sam Harvey said...

this is such an adorable post. if i didn't have so many projects going right now i might just buy that pattern. i am a big sucker for the 60's too. i just bought a military jacket from the 60's. thank you...

Mom said...

Did you know that Grandpa frog was the one I made when I was a teenager back when the pattern was new - that's why he sprang so many leaks -- Mom

What I Did Today said...

This is so cool. I have NOTHING from when I was a kid. Made or otherwise. My mom is a purger of things. Not that I can blame her, but still. One or two little things wouldn't hurt, right? Well, I guess a couple of things would add up to a LOT of stuff since I'm the oldest of...**counting**... 18. :) Yeah. Oh, and that pig is just too cute. I love that it's so flat.

Laura Maurer Storms said...

I actually can't believe Josie doesn't have a beanbag frog yet either. We were actually just talking about those the other day. Another bizarre coincidence!