On Wednesday last a gathering of girly descended upon Aunt Betty's house for sewing lessons. We have a few vintage aprons to finish from our last gathering that will soon be in stock at our Etsy Store. With one project out of the way, we are now working on a retro apron pattern by Taylor Made Designs. Aunt Betty purchased the pattern in South Carolina at the same time another one of our gals, Peggy, picked up the very same pattern in Houston. So, we decided it was project meant to be.
As you can see, I ended up taking more pictures than sewing but I'm going to get to work (I promise Mom!) In the meantime, Cristina made fabulous progress and completed her first darts. Janine, the youngest of us, is fast becoming a pro and picked out the coolest cupcake and poka-dot fabrics. Peggy encouraged us all by showing up even though she was still out of sorts from her recent trip to the hospital. Of course, Aunt Betty is guiding us all as the best seamstress/teacher in the metroplex.
As we cut our fabric I was reminded of the cutting that we all go through as Ladies By Design. Have you ever walked through aisles of beautiful fabric bolts? My Mom and Aunt Betty used to drag me to Britex, a famous fabric store in San Francisco that boasts four floors! Unlike mega craft stores washed out by ugly florescent bulbs, this store was cozy and brimming over with color, texture and glamorous materials. Sometimes I wince at the cutting of such beauty. However, the cutting is necessary for the creation of a beautiful garment that wouldn't be complete without just the right material.
Even though it was a simple sewing lesson, I was reminded of a deeper thread that weaves through the design of life. We are the material that must be cut into an image. Last spring I went through a cutting of sorts. It was not fun. I grieved for the pieces of me that fell away. I wondered how I could go on without the edges I was accustomed to. But as summer turns into fall, I am beginning to see past the threading and jagged edges of my new form. I am beginning to see an image forming with curves and darts in all the right places.
If you are familiar with being cut, I hope to encourage you. Don't resist the refashioning of your material. You are too beautiful to stay on the bolt. You were designed for beautiful garments. Trust me in this, the Designer is good and He has your best interest at heart! Trust in Him!