My Dad passed away three years ago this May just gone and in three whole years all his clothes have been sat in his chest of drawers (apart from a few jumpers I stole and wear all the time).
At the Sue Ryder hospice where my Dad was cared for, they ran a project called Sew Many Memories where you cut up your loved ones clothes and make them into a quilt. That way you don’t have to throw them out, or take up tons of space keeping them all.
We decided that this is what we wanted to do with Dad’s clothes, and this meant we would have a very unique quilt as my Dad lived by a Steve Martin quote from the film Cheaper By the Dozen, that “Every dad is entitled to one hideous shirt and one horrible sweater. It’s part of the Dad code.” But instead of one shirt or sweater it was several, all from Fat Face, in the same style, in a range of colours – seriously if anyone ever needs the Men’s Fat Face collection from 2011-2013 we’re sorted.
I absolutely loved making it, it turned out to be far less emotional than I thought it would be probably because I’d rather cut them up and create something new with them than leave them in his drawers forever.
I love being creative and using the sewing machine I don’t always have the patience for it, but I did today and for me this is perfect. It won’t be right for everybody, but having something of my Dad’s I can take with me to university, and wrap around me is very comforting. It’ll never be a hug from Dad, but it’s good enough.