Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Embroidery

I’m joining in the fun again today for Vintage Thingie Thursdays! Don’t forget to see the other great items over at Colorado Lady!

Today I’m showcasing a pair of vintage embroidered jeans! These belong to my friend Carol (no blog now, but soon, she tells me) of many years, who began embroidering these jeans 37 years ago - so I guess that qualifies them as vintage! Carol is also a quilter. We met in college at the University of Washington - way back when bell-bottomed jeans were in their first hey-day! She began working on them in the summer of 1972. In fact, it was from watching her work on these that got me to take up embroidery!

This first photo is the front of the jeans. You can click on all the photos to enlarge them.

Here is the back view.
Carol says Mickey was the first to appear.
Mickey needed company, so along came Minnie.
Check out the interesting sunrise below!
I love this Leprechaun sliding down the rainbow out of one of the front pockets! And note the embroidery over the fly.
How fun is this logo - Fight Fat!! Looks like something you would have seen on the show Laugh-In!!
I really like the cross-stitched Robin below.
And here are some cute posies!
Carol loves frogs - look at the one below hopping through the flowers! And do you see that sketched-in, partially finished piece at the lower right? Carol said: "The last character I did, which is still in progress...my life story...is Daisy Duck in 2004." She's thinking Donald Duck may need to join Daisy at some point.
Here is Shaka Duck which I believe she said was done while she lived in Hawaii...or was it Vail? Carol and I both moved around a lot when we were young - it was hard to keep track of where we were at any given time!
Here is a lovely cow with some kitties sitting on the fence waiting for fresh milk! I love how she carried a feather stitch down the side of the jeans.
Huey Duck below - you should hear Carol's impersonation of a duck - cracks me up every time! Pluto is sneaking around the side.
Of course every embroidered pair of jeans needs a signature!
A very delicate Tinkerbell rounds out the group!
I hope you enjoyed seeing Carol's vintage jeans! They're even still wearable!

47 comments:

Trisha said...

Those are awesome!! I would wear them!

Jackie said...

OMG!! I tell my kids how I did the same exact thing back around the same time... early 70's. I love her jeans. I wish however I would have saved my. I am sure they are soooo looonnngg gone. But what nostalgia for me. Thanks for sharing these!

Kathi Fly said...

Wow! Those are awesome! I embroidered jeans in 1972 also! You have a real treasure.

Postcardy said...

Those are a real work of art. Too nice to wear. I embroidered a couple of shirt pockets back then, but never any jeans.

Carrie P. said...

Groovy!! Those are the best looking blue jeans I have ever seen. She will be the talk of the town when she wears those. Thanks for sharing.

Kristine said...

I adore those!!! I think I had a pair of those when I rode around in the station wagon in my post! ha. Those are really great. thanks for sharing!!!

Kristine

marian said...

WOW now that's what i call wearable art!!..her embroidery is AMAZING!!!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Those are great! Such industriousness.

Sarah said...

Oh, I can remember when embroidered jeans were the coolest thing to have! Thanks for the memory...these are really cute!

Linda B said...

Remember the pair you embroidered and gave to me when you were tired of them? I continued to embroider on them. boy, were we nuts not to have saved them. And as for you moving around, I think I had two or three pages of addresses for you in my phone book. Finally had to start writing them in pencil.

CC said...

I did jeans and a jacket back..was lots of work,but I loved it. What memories you brought back..thank you.
Happy VTT,,,have a great day.

Ulla said...

Adorable!

knutsel Rein said...

Great!!

Michell said...

Great!!
Those are a real work of art. Too nice to wear...

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Michell
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pratima said...

Wow, the embroidery is amazing! It must've been so hard to do so much work on a fabric like Jeans.

sewtakeahike said...

Candace those are the most amazing jeans ever! That is so cool she took the time to do all that handwork and that you see the value of it and treasure them from afar! Very cool!

Screen Door said...

Oh the memories you spark with this post!.. and remember those blue work shirts... We bought men's sizes and stitched all over them....

Kaaren said...

I'm blown away, Candace!

Boy does that bring back memories. I am so sorry now that I didn't save my jean jacket. No embroidery but plenty of painted memories on it.

And the bell bottoms...oh to be able to revisit those times...just for a few days.

Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous work, for sure!

Sherrie said...

These are great! So much work in them. Brings back some memories.

Thank you for sharing this.

Stephanie said...

Amazing, fun! Oh how I'd love to still fit in a pair of jeans from the 70s!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow great work of art! awesome!..

Libby said...

The only word I can come up with is 'groovy' *s*
They are like a window into my youth.

cockermom said...

These are awesome! I guess I am old enuf to remember senior cords...this reminded me of those. Anybody else remember senior cords?

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Now those are some jeans that have character!
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Keetha Broyles said...

Those jeans represent hours and hours and hours of work.

I do remember when girls did that - - - but I don't remember ANYONE having such nice ones as these.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well they are beautiful. I had a pair with some embroidery on them and some patching but they are long gone. I so remember everyone wearing jeans like this. But not nearly as beautiful as these.

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

Look at all that work. Get that talented girt to get her blog up and running. We want to see what else she does.

Jingle said...

Those are WAY fun!

Elizabeth said...

These are truly amazing art! Thanks to Carol for letting you share them!

Kay said...

Wonderful! I embroidered jeans for my young children in the 70's. I had a neighbor who did denim jackets with Sesame St. characters for hers (breaking copyright like crazy.) These are especially good.

Jane said...

Those jeans are awesome! I think it's wonderful that she still has these after 37 years...everything old is new again!!

Ruby said...

A work of art 37 years in the making. And I thought some of my UFOs were old. Wait a minute, I bet they are real close! LOL

Thanks for sharing. Great work!

mannequin said...

WOW. Those are incredible! Maybe I should get to work on a pair...
I love the little Johnny Jump Up at the end. TOO SWEET. Thank you so much for sharing.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing! Amazing work on those jeans. Makes me think of some I had!

Sharon said...

Fantastic!

Coloradolady said...

Great jeans, and what a great memory...I remember these!! Have a great VTT.

Jan Ely said...

So cute! A real conversation starter in public!

Mary said...

Those were the days.......when we could wear that and look GOOD! Those jeans really have some beautiful embroidery work.

Mel said...

CHECK. THEM. OUT!!

I want to see them ON!! My favorite is the sunshine! I'm so glad you posted these, made my day!

Tootsie said...

those jeans are unreal!!! just amazing...she is very talented!

Karen said...

Wowsers!

Miri said...

Wow! Those jeans are fantastic! They brought back so many visual memories...we girls knew how to dress!

Tell Carol, she's very talented! :)

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Fantastic jeans, they are a piece of artwork. I did a little embroidery around some seams on a blouse, pretty lame after seeing the characters on your friends pants.
Gee, whats for next week after this!!!

Christine said...

WOW. Those jeans are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

I just adore these jeans!! Such fun.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

I love the way your friend wasn't afraid to mix-and-match all the styles.
Evelyn in Montreal

Joshua - mailing list software said...

WOW! cool jeans. Love them.