Minnesotans are a pretty quiet bunch. We are serious and pretty hard-working, not too comfortable with flash and luxury, and for the most part we are busy worker bees. However, we do harbor one indulgent habit...we stretch our summer weekends past the normal boundaries. There are just not enough of them, so instead, we wiggle around the rules.
I removed the hood and the cuffs and then took in the sides and the sleeve width. After that I reattached the leftover cuff ribbing to make a looser, more straight finish at the bottom and I left the sleeves open a bit. As a final touch, and also to add strength, I used some of the bits I clipped off to make a soft trim at the neck.
And voila, my Lakegirl sweatshirt, altered in shape and given the Alabama treatment.
I don't commonly wear clothes with words on them. I'm not even a big fan of little symbol logos, but it's getting harder and harder to avoid those. In general, clothes should speak for themselves, without a billboard on the pocket.
So when a friend of our family started this company called Lakegirl awhile back, I wasn't paying a lot of attention. It was sweatshirts with the word "lakegirl" and I did not feel inclined to buy or wear them. Yes, I love my lake. Yes, I'm happy to be part of a lake-based community. But did I need to express that excitement across my chest? I wasn't sure that I did, even though I thought her company was wonderful and impressive and I was happy for her.