Then and Now: Me, Owen, Ernie, and a Tutorial

by Dana on October 8, 2010

As I thought about making something yellow for Owen to help Celebrate Yellow, my first thought was Sesame Street characters…Big Bird, Bert, even Ernie. They’re all so colorful and boyish. And the sun is always shining on Sesame Street. It seemed like a perfect fit.

And then I remembered something even better that brought it back to my own childhood. It was one of those strange memories, stashed deep in your brain’s hard drive, only to be recovered when you’re sewing a funny project like this.
I remembered as a girl having this awesome pair of Yellow Ernie overalls that my mom had made. And I remembered specifically me wearing them in a photo with my sister and all the girl scout brownies taken in our back yard. So I called my mom and asked if she had the photo and she did! And here it is!
Oh what a fun group of girls. I still know half of them today and their faces are still as cute, just a little more grown-up looking. That’s me in the front and my sister Camille is in the pink shirt in the back. I would say my bangs were hideous (okay they were) but I guess everyone else had the same awesome trend going on.

It was fun for my mom to reminisce about the overalls too. It was something she had completely forgotten about. And for a woman who doesn’t really like to sew, she got sort of happy about it, “I forgot I used to make cool stuff like that.” She totally did! She used to make fabulous prom dresses when she was in high school too.
Ernie’s face is a huge sew-on patch that she found at a garage sale. There was a Big Bird one too, I think, and she decided to sew them up into overalls. I’m so glad she did. I loved wearing them! I remember that part of it.

So….with the “little dana” image in mind, I thought that “little owen” would look cool in Ernie too. And here we are. Like mama, like son.
I’ve never thought that me and Owen looked alike until I saw this side-by-side. Sorry son, you have my nose. But you have my thick hair too! You’ll appreciate that in your later years.

And of course you can’t make Ernie without Bert. In fact, you can’t even say the word “Ernie” with saying “Ernie and Bert”. So, I did this….
Two Sunny Days shirts for my little guy:
Would you like to make them?

You’ll find the complete Tutorial HERE
(and in the Tutorials link at the top of the blog):

We’re….on our way, to where the air is sweet!
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street…..
How to get to Sesame Street!

(hot pink leggings from Target and Orange pants from GAP kids)

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And just some random stuff:
* Sorry, the Project Runway post will be up tomorrow. I had a relaxing day playing at the park outside for hours with the kids and chatting with moms.

* Corduroy and Silky fabrics are on 30-50% off right now at Joanns till October 16th! Now your Circle Skirt project just got cheaper! And mmmm…..fall colored cords. In the works.

* Want to learn more about sewing with Knits? Whipstitch just started a really cool E-course. And today, I was their online guest! You can still sign up for the course until Monday and play a little bit of catch up. After that, you’ll need to register for the next round.

* The weather is in the 70s here and I’ve been a good mood about it for two weeks now. This is why we live in Texas, in October at least.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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