Thirty years ago this week I waying to finish my annual 4-H project. l finished this suit on the morning of August 15, 1983, just in time to model it for the judges later that day. Sadly, I don't have any pictures of my 15-year-old self in the outfit, but believe it or not I still have the suit in my closet. It's been badly moth eaten over the years and is way past salvaging, but I can't bring myself to throw it away because of all the good memories attached to it. That suit earned me trips to the State Fair and the State Make-it-with-Wool contest. I wore it quite a bit and I got a lot of compliments. I should point out that a lot of credit goes to my Mom who spent many summers patiently helping my sister and me with 4-H projects. She was my source of all sewing information and I learned far more from her than I ever have from magazines, college classes and online tutorials.
Here's a picture of the original pattern. My pattern might possibly be buried in a drawer somewhere in my parents' house but most likely it was thrown away years ago.
Look at all those bound buttonholes. They are pretty dang good for a 15-year-old!
The pockets are real, not just "fake pocket" flaps.
I'm a lot bigger now than I was at 15 but surprisingly I can still almost get into the jacket. Sure I can't button it, but the front edges almost meet if I tug a little. The skirt has a 24" waist. There's no way it will ever fit me again.
It's kind of sad that I haven't made myself anything that ambitious in the 30 years since, but I guess I know I could if I really wanted to, right? Maybe this suit will inspire me over the coming months and I'll see what I can do now.