I’m a good 10 years older than my brother. So my family memories are mostly of him as a little kid as I was out of the house when he was about 10. Some of my favorite memories of him are of when he would run around the house as Underdog, his favorite cartoon, jumping off the back of the couch in the living room. While he was in this stage, my mom made him a reversible superhero cape with a velcro closure. One side was Batman.
The other was Superman.
The cape is made out of some blue and yellow poly/cotton blend and my mom appliquéd the superhero insignia with a zigzag stitch. It’s well constructed and looks as if it was just made yesterday and not 30 years ago.
My brother would fly around the house with his cape fluttering behind him. It was so cute. And now, the little boy who lives with me is doing the same. He runs and jumps on the couch and watches the cape flutter over his shoulders. I am dying from the cuteness and the memories. I am so grateful that my mom saved this bit of my brother’s childhood and so happy to see Jack enjoying the cape as much as my brother did.
Sometimes we create more than just a garment when we sew.