Yes, another red jumper! This size 22-24 sweatshirt had a rather ugly motif embroidered on the front.
Again, this was £4.99 from Age UK in Orpington. It clearly had not been worn; the tags were still on it, claiming its original price was £17.
Obviously, the motif had to go. I wanted an American sportswear look in red, white and blue for my trip, so I had to come up with something to cover it up.
I decided on the letter “S”, partly because that’s my first initial, and partly because the top line of the S would cover the motif (that is, the letter A or number 1 would not have covered the motif).
I drew out the shape of my S on a piece of paper and transferred it to some scraps of blue and white fabric.
Now, I know there are probably easier ways of doing this, but this is what I did.
I pinned about 3mm back all around the blue S and then pinned it to the white S. This was fiddly in the extreme.
I just sewed around it using a small, straight stitch.
Then I folded under 3mm all around the white S, clipping corners where necessary, and pinned it to the sweatshirt. Again, fiddly as heck.
I appliqe’d it on using a small, tight zig zag.
Here’s a close-up!
All that was left to do was to make it fit. I took it in at both sides and the sleeves too. I used a narrow, long zig zag for the seam (so it had a bit of stretch) but ended up zig zagging the cut edge too as it was shedding fluff.
Here’s how it looks from the inside!
Here’s me wearing it in the US. It was snuggly warm, perfect for a cold day at Hancock Shaker Village in Western MA. In the centre of the main area is this beautiful tree.
The village itself is in a lovely setting, surrounded by forest on all sides.
The most interesting building is the round stone barn. We don’t have round barns in the UK (well, not to my knowledge; I am not a barn expert) so I found this fascinating.
The interior of the barn is actually separated into concentric circles on three different levels. At the centre is a circular air vent for the hay, to stop it spontaneously combusting. Around the vent is an inner circle in which hay is stored. Outside that is a circle where men would distribute the hay for the cattle to eat. The outer circle is where the cows are, facing inwards over a fence, eating hay. Wagons drive into the barn up a ramp to the upper level, where they deposit the hay down into the inner circle from above. The wagons go around the circle and back out the way they came in. The lower level collects manure for use as fertiliser.
Anyway, we also stopped off at Monument Mountain on the same day for a walk to see the Autumn colours.
We got a great view from the top, even though the weather wasn’t totally co-operating.
Here are some better pictures of the sweatshirt with the Connecticut foliage.