Wednesday, January 1, 2014


In the 1950s,  I was in high school, then college; therefore was greatly influenced by the preppy sense of style.  
I even had a pair of purple suede penny loafers.  I loved those shoes and wore them forever into oblivion.  Actually, Bob gave them to me for Christmas when we were seniors in high school.  I was the envy of my friends -- no other boy gave his girlfriend penny loafers for Christmas! 
Even though I already had his class ring on a chain around my neck, what I really had my eye on was his letter sweater.
He would occasionally let me wear it for an hour or two, but at the end of the day it went home with him.  After all, he had worked hard to earn it; it was part of his persona at that point; and a daily part of his wardrobe.
 A couple of years into college we got married.  That letter sweater has hung in our coat closet for 55 years now.
Every now and then I get a glimpse of it hanging there.  I could wear it anytime I wanted; but now really, how silly would a rotund, 75-year old look wearing a 1950s letter sweater?  I won't subject you to a picture of that!

I decided this week to cover my sewing journal with a piece of leftover Pendleton plaid fabric, and my thoughts went to the sweater.  In the 1950s that sweater would have looked darling with a pleated plaid Pendleton skirt!  
That was so much fun;  I also made a pillow for the guest room.

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Marilyn said...

Ah, such sweet memories on a New Year's morning! Happy New Year.♥♫

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh my your stories are so so touching and darling. I can just see the two of you. Your sewing skills are quite fabulous too.
Happy New Year and many blessings to you!

Unknown said...

What a great story with such a happy ending! I was in high school in the 60's and that was preppy time also. But I never heard of purple loafers... Bass weejuns, yes, but not purple loafers! A great idea, that pillow, and I'd love to see his expression when he discovers it. Thanks for sharing, Vicki in Louisville KY

annies home said...

awesome story I have a son that is very athletic now and know that my dad was as well. I know that my dad has long been gone and never saw my son play ball he would have been very proud of him. COuld have just seen them together prepping it up
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Diane said...

Love it! I was in high school in the sixties and we still wore preppy clothes. I still love them and adore your projects - how cute!! It is amazing where we get out inspirations!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love the sweater and such sweet memories. I have my cheerleading sweater and jacket from the 50's too. So fun. I love the pillow, perfect. Hugs, Marty

VintageMom said...

Absolutely love preppy style - so happy to see it bak again! If you have a minute, please stop by and share your post at the Everyday Vintage link party at Helene's Legacy. Your style is the perfect fit!

Babs said...

Love hearing about your memories of your husband's letter sweater. Would you believe I have my husband's letter jacket? I didn't know him in high school, but we saved his jacket. Our son wore it once or twice in high school. I think your letter sweater would look darling with a pleated plaid skirt. Too cute. Can you tell I love preppy style, too?

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh girl I love it! All four. . .the pillow, the book, the rings, and the sweater. We have hubbies sweater hanging in our closet also and my school ring is safely tucked away. Although I am 15 years younger we too loved penny loafers. Oh, and saddle shoes. Did you wear them? Your hubby was a smart guy to gift his girl with such a treasure! Yup, that sweater would look fab with plaid! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Alison Agnew said...

those rings are just beautiful
and the sweater too

i love those things
we hang onto that represent
sweet memories and love

and those plaids are simply gorgeous

would love for you to share
at Fridays Unfolded this week

and hey
if you wanna wear that sweater
i say go for it!


Unknown said...

Love the story, the photos, the sweater and the plaid. I think you would still look lovely in your man's Letter sweater and a plaid skirt. Bet you would feel dreamy too. This post made me think of one of my favorite writers as a teen. Rosmund DuJardin. Great wardrobe descriptions. See you next time at SYC!

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a sweet romantic memory! Those were the days ....I love the way your pillow turned out and the happy ending!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Sally, I mentioned you in my post today. Hope that's o.k.

Shirley Hatfield said...

Hi! And I saw you on Jann's post! Actually, I read this post the other day...I love stories behind keepsakes. You did a lovely job on this post. I am going to add you to my blog list. Thanks for the inspiration!