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2013 April 2
by elizabeth_admin

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.

11 Responses leave one →
  1. April 2, 2013

    How sweet that the cape survived to be passed down! I love seeing the nerdery stay in the family. 🙂

    My older brother is seven years older than I am, and I inherited his Superman costume that our mother made. (though I made it quite clear to everyone that I was *Supergirl*.) My younger sisters weren’t interested in it, but my younger brother (six years younger than me), inherited to play as Superman again.

  2. Hoosiermama permalink
    April 2, 2013

    This made my day–so sweet! From a mom of 2 boys, one of which had, at age 4, in addition to blond curls, blue eyes and dimples, a Buzz Lightyear costume complete with wings, made by Mom. Mimicking Buzz’s immortal slogan, “To infinity, and beyond!” my son would jump off the bed yelling, “fee! Beyon!”

  3. April 2, 2013

    That is so awesome. Sorry to read about your green skirt too by the way.

  4. April 2, 2013

    Well written.
    Well sewn by your mom.
    Well played (your brother & your son).

    Don’t you love handmade?

  5. Elaray permalink
    April 3, 2013

    Is there anything better than watching a child (especially your own) truly having fun and playing from the heart? (And I don’t mean playing with Wii or Playstation)

  6. Ruth permalink
    April 3, 2013

    Yes, I haven’t got such costumes anymore, but my 28-year-old son says that he loves the sound of my sewing machine, and finds it soothing. I guess that it brings back memories of him hearing it from his bedroom when he was small when I was sewing for him. Little kids love clothes their mum made. I think it’s a kind of proof to them of their mum’s superpowers!

  7. SusieR permalink
    April 3, 2013

    Oh, wowowow – I just LOVE that last line.
    Sometimes we create more than just a garment when we sew…
    This is gonna have me thinking all day.
    Happy Jack! Happy Elizabeth!!

  8. April 3, 2013

    What a great idea. It also highlights how “classic” the best toys are that 20-30 years really doesn’t matter.

  9. April 3, 2013

    I wept when we sold my son’s Lego; I had tears in my eyes when we painted over the Toy Story characters on his bedroom wall: I went weak at the knees when we bought him a ‘grown-up’ desk to study at – how lovely that childhood lives on through the generations.

  10. April 4, 2013

    Awww. Super cute!

  11. April 4, 2013

    Thast is a wonderful cape! Your story reminds me of my brothers; they would go flying through the air in their capes, to dive in the pool. Bloodcurdling shrieks mandatory.

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