Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sewing Sewing

This week was the annual American Quilters Society Quilt Show here in Paducah. It's a week when women (and men, but mostly women) descend upon the town from all over the country (and many from overseas) for something like a state fair, but all about quilts. It's a time when the locals try to avoid downtown and we forget about going out to eat this week because the lines are wayyy too long.

But I like it. I'm not a quilter, but I usually find something I like--vendors galore come to town and there's lots of fabric and notions for sale. And about half the time (so far) I can talk my Aunt Carrie (who's an avid quilter of the type who would have come to the show anyway) to come stay for a visit.

So this year I've been wanting to make more of my own clothes. Recently, I added a new verse of scripture to my list of favorites-- Doctrine and Covenants 42:40: "And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;"

I love that verse, and not just because it encourages something I already wanted to do. It reminds me of the description of the creation of the world, how at the end of each day, and especially after everything was done, God looked at the work of His hands and declared that "it was good." There's a great sense of satisfaction in creating something, especially when you take the time to get even the smallest details just right. And God, the ultimate Creator, wants us to experience that feeling, just as He does!

So here's the work of mine own hands this week (just a peek at the details first; I'll add photos of the whole thing when I can find someone to take a picture of me!)

The pattern is one I drafted myself, following the instructions here. It came out a little big--I guess I'm more "squishy" in the middle than my tape measure indicates. I'll probably pick it apart next week and take it in a bit more, but I really wanted to wear it to church today.

I'm really pleased with how the details worked out--my seams lined up just so, the zipper went in perfectly, and I love the sneaky hot pink hiding inside. (I made my first bias tape, too, and decided to use it for this project.)


Seams lining up.


Nearly invisible hem.


Hot pink-a-boo. (oops, looks like I need to trim a couple of threads!)