Recreating My Mom’s 1969 Drill Team Uniform for Her Birthday

Recreating My Mom’s 1969 Drill Team Uniform for Her Birthday


Hello everyone its Juuuuuune. Happy Pride. And that means it’s almost July, and July means it’s almost my mother’s birthday. A
few months ago my mother sent me picture… of her in high school wearing her drill team
uniform. Here it is. And I was like, “Oh man, that looks like one of the cosplays I would
make.” “I should make that.” So I figure why not make it and give it to her for her birthday? When my mother was in high school it was… Carry the one… The mid-sixties. The mid-sixties
were a very different time in the world. Now I’m sure a few of you are asking, “If she
was in high school in the mid-sixties I don’t get how that works with your age, Callie.” And that leaves you two options. Either she had me very late in life or I am immortal
and look quite a bit younger than I actually am. And I will leave that up to you to decide. Oh its- It’s completely… It’s just in knots now. It’s just in full knots. How did that
even happen? I guess its time to make a drill team uniform. I don’t know if ribbons are
part of drill team but I got one, just in case. I don’t think they are actually. Let’s start with all the materials. It’s a drill team uniform so I got a twirling baton. I don’t how to- I don’t… I don’t know how to- I don’t… *CRASH* I just bought the hat
because making a hat seems like a real hassle. Hanging things? That go around the base of
the hat? Just need to hot glue that on. *CRASH* I also bought the gloves because I decided a
long time ago that gloves are too much of a hassle to make. Okay, now onto the, like,
actual dress part. This frilly fabric was in the bridal section. It looks pretty good for the sleeves. And this blue stretchy fabric was in the sportswear section. That seems appropriate to me. She’s got this lace trim, uhhh, around the neck part. And then these
black balls are gonna go… They’re gonna go around the hat. And then I just bought
some spandex and that gonna go for like, the tummy ribbon part. It’s really hard to do
anything with these velvet gloves on. So um- ow. So that’s pretty much it. I tried to sneakily
take her measurements. But I failed. She was here, she was in my house and I couldn’t get
her measurements. So I’ve come up with a different plan. Here we see a dress form. This dress form
can be adjusted to any person’s size. I do not know my mother’s size. So I will hug this
dress form until the hug seems about right. Let’s call this the Motherly Love System. Just keep crankin’. Nope. Almost. This is very close. This seems about right. I have
created approximate patterns from what I thought might be here sizes and now I’m going to check
it against this dress form. And I’m here to announce that I was 100% accurate from my complete guessing. Damn I’m really good at this. The next step in this process now that
I have approximate measurements and a pattern is to cut out the fabric. So I got a lot of
my rebelliousness from my mother. She wanted to take wood shop and no girl had ever taken wood shop before. They didn’t really want her to take wood shop. Their main cited reason
was that her skirt would get in the way because at the time it was expected of all girls to
wear skirts. Of course my mother was like that’s ridiculous I’ll just wear pants. And they’re like “What?” “Oh I’ll just wear jeans.” So then they said, that her hair might get
stuck in the machinery. So she said that she would wear a hair net like a cafeteria lady. But they still weren’t convinced and they didn’t let her take wood shop. And because
of that she actually demanded that she graduate a year early. Which she did. After having
to convince them to even let her do that. And it wasn’t until a few years later that Title IX which prevents discrimination in schools. I cut out the top. But the bottom is a circle skirt. Okay. To make a circle skirt all you
have to do it take your fabric and fold it twice. Cut a hole in the middle for your waist
and then measure and cut the length of the skirt. And there we have a circle skirt! Shablamo! Obviously it’s really way too big but we’re gonna make that smaller. Hello welcome back.
I’ve pretty much finished the bodice. Here are the sleeves they’re very puffy and fun,
I love them. I had a lot of trouble with this fabric. It’s not easy to work with. Which make sense. I’m not
surprised but… Bloop. Looks like it’s pretty much perfectly sized so I’m pretty much just
gonna sew it on like this. And after I’m done with that I’m gonna put in an invisible zipper down the back that goes into the circle skirt so you can get it on really easily. And then
put the sleeves on and I’ll be pretty much done. So next time you see me it’ll be my
mother opening this present and we’ll get to see the final look. Callie: Pause the TV. Mom: Oh I love it Callie, this is a lovely gift. Callie: You haven’t looked at it yet. Mom: Oh! It’s my drill team uniform. Callie: Yes. Mom: How did you get one from Camarillo
High School? Our dingles were longer. Callie: Yeah I know I did the best I could. Mom: What are you thinkin’ about? Oh wow! Callie: I thought it would be fun to make. Mom: Did you make it?! Callie: Yeah, of course. Mom: Oh my god, Callie. That’s incredible. Dad: Put it on. Mom: Hahaha oh my god! She’s gonna freak out! Callie: Who’s “she”? Mom: Sylvia. Callie: Oh… Mom: We still know how to do the routine. Mom: ♪ Duh duh duh duh ♪ Mom: Let’s see… Okay, here we go. You have to get a picture. Mom: Let me just make sure
I’ve got the good look. Here we go. Here we go. Callie offscreen: *laughing* That’s great!
Yeah perfect. There you go, that’s great! Callie: I didn’t do it perfectly. I
don’t think I did it right… perfectly. Mom: It’s perfect. Mom: Oh no, no. It was not this
high, I know that. Callie: I also don’t know what the neck looked like at all. Mom: Lookit, it covers my butt. That’s a good thing. Callie: So you know how I figured out the measurements? Mom: Yeah? Callie: I kept hugging my dress form until it seemed about right. Mom: You
never hug me. Callie: What?! Callie: But you didn’t wanna perform why were you on the drill team? Mom: Oh, then you didn’t have to do P.E.. Callie: *laughs* Mom: What? Callie: I just think it’s funny- Mom: You had to run backwards up the stadium steps in P.E. It
was horrible. P.E. was… Callie: Oh right, I’m sure, but it’s just funny that -drill
team-, which doesn’t seem like a very strenuous thing was… Mom: It’s not. Callie: Yeah. Mom: “Show me, no tell me, no show me.” Gus Johnson: Don’t tell me just show me!
Don’t show me just tell me! Callie: We didn’t even play with the ribbon. Mom: I didn’t uh…
We didn’t do ribbons. Callie: So you just do hand movements? Mom: Well were a marching,
we were a drill team. Callie: Right. Mom: So we did formations while we marched. The
band was out there and then drill team… (to dad) tell her. Drill team behind. And you did formations, very fancy formations, Each one different for a different song. Callie: Oh is that your yearbook?! Mom: I’ve got them all in there. Callie: Ohh!! Who is that on the cover?? Who got to be the cover of the yearbook? Mom: Oohhh. Well she probably beeped
everybody. Callie: Oh boy… Mom: I recognize many many of these people. I look through here, a lot of dead people in here. Callie: Oh boy. Mom: Yep. Well I mean, you know? You get to a certain age… Callie: A lot of Spock haircuts. On Women. Mom: Where? *laughs* Mom: First of all there’s Dave Tobias. He joined the Children of God. Callie: Oh really?! Mom: This is when they started a lottery for the draft and he was number 3. Callie: Oh boy… Mom: You know like your birthdate was a number and he was number 3. So uh, he left with the
Children of God and we didn’t see him again. Callie: Oh my god. Mom: Nice people. By the way when you go to your high school reunions you’ll find that they’re all really nice people
and the reason is because the drug addicts are dead and the pedophiles are in jail. Callie: Oh… Mom: So all of a sudden all you see, it’s true. Everybody’s… You think “What a nice group of people!” Until you say, “Oh what happened to old Sam?” “Oh, well…” Mom: There’s a lot fo hatin’ goin’ on. And bullying. And that’s what made us strong. Mom: But the trick, when you got this shot, they always did it for a class, you’d start there and then you’d run in the back and get over here so you’d be there two times in the same picture. Callie: Oh that’s funny. Callie: What did that say? It said a note to you. Mom: Oh no, thats Scott. “Hang in there, Carol.” See that’s if you don’t know somebody. “Can you sign my yearbook?” Callie: We just said HAGS. “Have a Great Summer”. Mom: *laughs* Mom: Let’s see. Here we go! Here’s a loving one. This girl no longer lives (around there). “You brat! Too bad I had to meet you. You’ll never make it as big as I have.” “Tough luck, snot!
You white haired witch!” “I’d just as soon shove you up the sewer machine than flush you! That’s
a burn if I ever heard one.” “And baby, I’ve heard them! So just don’t bother me next year and everything will be fine.” “Your loving friend.” Callie: *laughs* Mom: Well you have to write something interesting. Callie: Well it was certainly interesting. Mom: Here, “Hope you
have a good year and have a good summer.” Eh. Eh. Callie: Well I’m glad I know I get
my sense of humor from somewhere. Mom: Here’s Sylvia. Callie: Oh they talk about the drill
team! Mom: “Fellow drill teamer, we really had a fun time in art.” That’s cause we all got thrown out of art class. “It was so much fun goofing around in there. I know Mr. Wood dug it.” “But the greatest fun was in drill team.” Callie: Oh and the little hat… Mom: “I must admit the parades were really fun. I hope you never lose your sanity.” Callie: *snickers* Mom: “Good luck in all you do. Hope to see you next year (in the drill team?)” “Bye, Sylvia. Hope we pass art and P.E. after all we’ve been through. Don’t forget our little half time song.” Mom: ♪ Duh na luh duh duh ♪ Callie: You didn’t forget it! Mom: ♪ Duh na luh duh duh ♪ ♪ DUH DUH DUH DUH ♪ Mom: I think it’s a really well known march and I probably have it. Callie: On vinyl? Mom: God I have stories about all these people but I can’t tell ’em. Callie: Did that say “Slave Day”?! Mom: Yes, part of slave day
is, um, when you’re a… what do you call it? Hazing. It was official hazing. It made
you feel like part of the crew. When you were a slave, when you were a freshman they put you up on the block and they sold you to a senior and then you had to do whatever the
senior told you to do. Mom: This was when I was thrown out of school ONE time. Callie: What?! Mom: Weeell you can’t smoke at school. And get caught. Mom: Thanks, Callie. This is the best gift I’ve ever gotten in my life. Callie: Is it? Mom: Yes it is. It’s very unexpected. It was quite the surprise. Callie: I’m glad, that’s how I think the best gifts are. Mom: Yes. If you like this video give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you wanna see more. And if you really wanna help us out you can translate this video’s subtitles.

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