Santa Bob Jacket

I’ve mentioned my Uncle Bob in past posts. He’s my Maternal Grandmother’s brother. He’s lived with my Nanny & Papaw since he was about 15, so even though he’s my great uncle he’s really more like a 3rd grandpa. When I was a kid, we’d always get together with that side of the family on Christmas Eve. Uncle Bob dressed up as Santa Clause and we’d open presents, eat a crap ton of food, and just have a great time hanging out with each other. I almost looked forward to that more than Christmas Day šŸ™‚

Today, we still celebrate our Christmas Eve like this. In my family, though, it’s affectionately referred to as “Santa Bob Day.”

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Santa Bob with Cousin Nick

He decided to leave his Santa suit at home this year. Believe me though, he still has it hanging up in his closet šŸ™‚

For this year’s observance of Santa Bob Day, I thought it only befitting to pay tribute to Nanny. She is the “matriarch” of Santa Bob, after all.

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Does this look familiar? I made a blouse (then a pillow, and then a stocking) out of the skirt mistakenly thinking this suit belong to my mom. It was never my mom’s outfit!!! It was Nanny’s. I felt horrible for butchering Nanny’s skirt without permission!

Thankfully, I left the blazer in tact. And, more thankfully, mom didn’t disown me for ruining her mother’s skirt!

To update this blazer without completely changing it, I simply raised the hem on the sleeves.

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Cut.

There’s nothing particularly special about shortening anything; however, I did something a little inventive here, I think šŸ™‚ The wrong side of the fabric is really awesome. I wanted to showcase that. Instead of folding the material under like you’re “supposed” to, I folded it the opposite way so you could see the wrong side of the material.

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A “reverse” hem? šŸ™‚

Pin and sew. No big whoop.

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Nanny is a little too ill to venture outside anymore, so she was unable to attend the festivities. It might sound silly, but I feel close to her when I’m wearing her clothes and/or jewelry I “borrow” from her or my mom šŸ™‚

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Nanny and Papaw circa: I have no idea.

Nanny was super classy. All the old pictures I saw of her reminded me of a film noir movie star. Papaw was pretty studly too šŸ˜‰

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This is the Nanny I’ll always remember, though.

She was there with us in spirit šŸ™‚

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This cutie puked all down my cleavage right about this time. She’s so darn cute I didn’t even care! šŸ™‚

The great grandkids got to open one gift from Santa Bob

IMG_3982My cutie grandson got an awesome Ninja Turtle action figure.

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The WHOLE gang minus Nanny and my hubby.

I haven’t done an actual “refashion” in a while. It felt pretty good. It felt even better to channel Nanny’s awesomeness for Santa Bob Day 2014.

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4 thoughts on “Santa Bob Jacket

  1. Aunt Marjorie is a classy lady. She is beautiful inside and out. She will be pleased with your creation of her outfit. Great job Laura!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your Nanny, and family! She would be very proud of the special woman you have become…as am I. Love U! The picture of Nanny & Papaw is on their wedding day January, 21, 1949. Now excuse me while I get a tissue…

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