Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So long, farewell

(This post reminds me of when I confessed that I was finally getting rid of this magazine collection.)

Eric and I recently sorted through some clothes, and I was feeling more open to letting go of certain items I'd been holding on to for a looong time, such as this t-shirt I got my freshmen year, printed with the names of the women who lived in the same area of the dorm as me:
I've worn it many, many times, but the truth is that it's two sizes too big (remember when oversized tops were fashionable?!), and while that was nice during pregnancy, it's certainly not an item I'd ever wear in public. I've owned the shirt for twelve years, and I thought in saying goodbye, it would be fun to post a pic, especially since I'm sure Hayley and Erin will remember this lovely design (please tell me you don't still have yours!)
Feel free to leave me a comment if you've been similarly sentimental about an article of clothing. I'll understand. =)

12 comments:

Mom said...

Dear Carrie, I was just putting away summer clothes this past weekend and getting out winter clothes. In the process, I saw some shirts that originally belonged to you that I've been hanging onto -- such as the sweatshirt from "The Importance of Being Earnest!" Dad and I were also remarking the other day how many items of clothing that we still wear that were yours from LVR. Maybe we'll let some of the go -- someday! :) Love you lots, Mom

Hayley said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, seriously.......I don't even remember this shirt....I probably didn't get one and probably spent the money on dutch letters at the bakery instead. LOL.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I hold onto stuff like that too!

My mother-in-law gave me a great idea though. She asked me to save the girls' dresses so she could make a quilt out of the fabric. I've given her some of the more sentimental dresses (most I give away!) and I've given her some of Will's t-shirts. She suggested making a t-shirt quilt. Have you ever heard of that? I gave her things like his soccer t-shirt, his elementary school t-shirt, his student council shirt, track shirt, etc. I think it's a cool idea.

I have a much easier time getting rid of MY stuff than I do my kids' stuff!

Anonymous said...

I have had each of my children hold a item of clothing dear to them by wearing until it fell apart. My on clothing item that is dear to my heart and can't bring my self to part with is my wedding dress. My grandmother made it.
Jenny

Abbey said...

Carrie,
When I saw this, I had to immediately post, even though I'm rarely on the blogs these days. You can keep your shirts and make a t-shirt quilt. I simply picked out my favorite ones and cut them up and fit them together in a 4' x 5' frame and added a one foot border around the edges in a complimenting fabric. I put batting against the back, add a back to the blanket, and added darts to hold it all in place.
This was 8 years ago and I've made one for my brother, husband, and my Mom (with my Dad's shirts) and I have loved doing it. I don't really sew all that well, but it's easy, all straight lines. Email me or facebook me if you want more details.
I plan to do the same thing for each of my kids with some of their favorite baby clothes now that my sewing has improved.
Definitely worth trying if it's hard to give up your favorite shirts!
Abbey :-)

erin said...

I agree with Hayley - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Have mercy on your little shirt that has served you so well! :) I know, possibly a little over-dramatic!
I do have to agree - why are all of my shirts from that era 2 or 3 sizes too big? I think I still have all of my wing t-shirts . . . and yes, I still wear them - too warm for sweatshirts in TX, but long-sleeved t-shirts are perfect.
I like the idea of a t-shirt quilt that someone else mentioned - a fun way to hold onto memories indefinitely. :)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Ha ha! YES. I blogged about letting go of a favorite shirt from college days a few months ago. It was covered in holes and hideous, but it was so soft and comfy and reminded me of the friend whose fraternity it represented...

And yeah, it was 2 or 3 sizes too big. I remember every time we ordered new sorority or fraternity shirts, we always asked for XL. For some reason, we all thought we looked good in massively-huge shirts.

Anonymous said...

I want your RS magazines!! :)

Mando

NeedANap2 said...

Sometimes if something is too hard for me give up, I'll take a picture then let it go. Whether it be an old shirt (the one I wore on my first date with my now husband) or a Precious Moments figurine that is too fragile for our young children. :) The picture is smaller to store!

Mom2fur said...

I mostly get misty over baby clothes, even though my youngest baby is 19! Yes, I kept a few items that were very special. Really, how could I toss my daughter's first pair of dressy shoes, LOL?
You could make up a scrapbook page about the shirt, if you do that kind of thing.

Hestermania! said...

lately i've been really into the idea of making old, unusable clothing into quilts. just gather a bunch, cut out big squares, and stitch 'em together! that way you get to actually USE the oversized shirt and keep the memory, too...

Anonymous said...

I have made T-shirt quilts. I gave it to my daughter for her graduation...the smallest shirt was 18 mths. old that my dad brought home from DC on a trip. It is very special since my dad went home to be with the Lord. I helped my daughter (now married) make one for her husband as well with all his college and HS tees. I must confess, tho, that I have a pair of painter pants (cream-colored) that I havenot fit into for prob 20 yrs.....and even if I did, they are no way in style, but I have kept them each time I try and whittle things down! I think I need to let them go....p.s. anyone old enough read this to know about painters pants??? :-)