THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 16, 2006

Ritual Cloth by Sewing Diva Els

by Diva Els 

Back in the eighties there was a US cartoon about Turtles, broadcasted every wednesday afternoon on Dutch television. My oldest son, then 6 year old, was a huge fan of these so-called Ninja Teenage Mutant Hero turtles.
I made a summer jacket on which I applicated one of the Ninja teenage turtles, the one my son particularly liked (there were 4 of them but my son had one special favourite “Donatello”). The jacket had to be green and blue because that were his favorite colors and I found some Turtle cotton for the lining. The turtle I copied from a coloring book and I bought some small tubes of textile paint and went at work, precise cutting of the small parts from cotton fabric and painting them in the right colors, used doubble sided fusible tape and meticulous sewing around the edges. The look on his face when he saw the finished jacket was worth all the trouble I went trough. Now 17 years later I am still thankful for keeping his jacket which brings back nice memories.



  1. Oh Els, that is such a wonderful jacket. I’ll bet your son has fond memories of it too.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 16, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  2. Jeez, the work is amazing! No wonder you kept it. I’m not artistic enough to do something like that lol. That’s a cool jacket. I’ll bet the grandkids will get a kick out of the jacket; it’s a piece of social history and popular culture! As well as well made :).

    Comment by Kathleen Fasanella — June 16, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Els, you brought back nice memories of my son’s childhood too. The jacket is beautiful!

    Comment by Gigi — June 16, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

  4. We have the Ninja Turtles movie on DVD – lots of Big 80’s Hair! – it’s a movie that has aged well. Cartoon characters named after Renaissance painters always works for me.

    Els, I love the applique on the back!

    Comment by Phyllis — June 16, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  5. Wow! So cool! Bet that was one happy little boy. Beautiful job, Els.

    Comment by Mary Beth — June 17, 2006 @ 4:12 am

  6. Els,
    I love the jacket..!! My son was a big fan of the turtles also.. You do such beautiful work.. I am glad you kept the jacket all of these years.

    Comment by Linda Elgin — June 18, 2006 @ 5:32 am

  7. Els, that’s a wonderful jacket. I’m sure your son was thrilled to wear your artwork.

    Comment by Cindyann — June 18, 2006 @ 9:24 am

  8. I LOVE the jacket! (Yes, I mean I would personally wear it.)

    Comment by Rebecca — June 18, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

  9. what a great memory to share!

    Comment by Tini — June 18, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  10. Hi mom, wow real nice to see my jacket again. I still have memories of wearing it when I was young. Thanks for making all those nice clothes for me and my brother throughout the years.

    Good luck with the website, The Sewing Divas.

    Comment by Joost — June 23, 2006 @ 4:49 am

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