Tired of throwing away blue jeans when the seat ripped, I finally decided to learn to use a sewing machine. Unfortunately, my pants were so bad, they killed our machine. Rather than go without, Mom spent an ungodly amount of money on a new electronic machine that's smarter than our television. With my pants now fixed, it's time to turn my attention to my 20-year-old leather jacket.

One less Black Bag Superman in the world

My jacket is a copy of the costume worn by Superboy in the classic "Death of Superman" comic book storyline from 1993. That includes the mourning armband on the left sleeve. The armband I've been using for decades is the actual armband bundled in the polybagged edition of Superman #75. As you can see, it's in bad shape. (I have a hunch these things weren't really meant to be worn for 20 years.)

From the desk of the Superman Revenge Squad

Rather than track down and unbag another copy of a 20th century comic book — I refuse to admit how many times I've already done this — I decided to make my own from superior materials and a 21st century sewing machine. I got lucky that Jo-Ann's had Superman pajama fabric on sale. I was planning on having to cut my own "S" shield.

Superman. Still dead after all these years

The finished product turned out pretty good, considering that the first time I'd ever used a sewing machine was two weeks ago. Now I'm ready for a bigger project: repairing the jacket pockets. I look forward to being able to carry pocket change again.

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To be continued...

 

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