Ok, now that you answered all my questions, I'll answer yours. I must admit I'm surprise by how many questions I received over the past two weeks. Honestly I was expecting only like two, but y'all went far beyond that. Thanks so much! It really means a lot to me that you all are reading and following along with this blog. I can't thank you enough!
So without further ado, here's your questions answered.
This first one is from my mother.
What are ya planning that I can't know about????? HMMMM???????
"I'm not telling you... stop asking. It's not lady like."- Bryce Dallas Howard (you know what movie :)
How old were you when you started to sew?
I was about 9 years old when I first learned how to sew and have been doing it ever since.
At what age did you realize that you no longer completely hated the nickname Susie-Chris and that your favorite aunt was actually the most intelligent one in the bunch for creating it?
I can't remember how old I was, I just remember being completely in awe that I hated the name Susie Chris as a child and wondered why in the world I did. Because Susis Chris is the CUTEST nickname in the world and add on the fact my amazing aunt came up with it makes it extra special! ;)
If you could design and sew a wedding dress for any famous woman, past or present, who would it be? And why?
That's a good question! After giving it a lot of thought I've narrowed it down to two women; one past, one present.
The first one is Sarah Mally of Bright Lights Ministries. She wrote a book entitled Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity about preparing yourself for marriage and life beforehand (I totally recommend it. Every girl should read it even if she's not planning on getting married). Marriage is something that is very important and serious to me, so I would want to design a dress for a bride who understands the sacred, holiness of marriage and what she'd be going into.
The second woman would be Pocahontas simply because I think that it would be cool to try to make a wedding dress that incorporates both the English styles of 1614 and her original indian heritage.
What has been your absolute favorite thing you have ever sewn?
AHHHHHHHH.... Stop with the difficult questions!!!! Um... probably my cousin, Shelby's, wedding veil simply because that was a project that was very near and dear to my heart. She was a great "client", was very flexible with me and I think she loved the finished result. And that moment when I put the finished product on her head... it's moments like that I realize, this is my calling; to make my Creator King's children feel like the beautiful person HE made them to be. It's priceless.
Will you do a tutorial on how to sew zippers into dresses and skirts?
Sure! Thats sounds like fun! There are so many different ways to install a zipper, I'll have to do some research first so it might take a little time. Keep an eye out!
How would you like to come to Mississippi and teach my daughter how to make a skirt?
Is this an all expense paid trip? :)
Have you considered learning to quilt?
Actually, my great-grandmother on my dad's side quilts and does an amazing job at it! I asked her at one point if she would teach me but I quickly realized that quilting was just not for me. I'm just more interested in sewing garments than I am quilts.
How many dresses have you sewn for yourself and how long does your average dress take you to make?
My goodness! I don't know! Probably a few dozen, maybe more!
It depends on the type of dress and what fabric I'm working with etc.. but on average I'd say from cutting out to finishing a hem probably about a week working on it off and on.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted in the giveaway and celebrated my blog anniversary with me! I'm so pleased that I got to share it with all you lovely ladies. May G-d richly bless you during this holiday season and I'll see you at my next post!
Hi everyone! Man it seems like forever since I've posted anything on this blog! With school starting back for the rest of my family, a new job position, and an online sewing class I just haven't had the time! So as an apology, I've got another book review for you all. Enjoy!
Unlike the other books I've reviewed this one did not come from a publishing company, this one came from a pastor's wife/friend who works at our local LifeWay in exchange for my honest review. I had never read any books by Chris Fabry but I had heard that he was a very good author.
This book is loosely based on a true story. Mr. Fabry received an email from a fan of his about this man, Billy Allman. The book is about Billy and the angel who follows his life from age 10 to his late 40's. Billy lives a quiet life playing the mandolin and building his own radio station in his home. Malachi, the angel, doesn't understand what exactly is so important about Billy and his life but as he observes him he soon realizes that Billy Allman is more than meets the eye.
Mr. Fabry does a great job telling his tale from not only Billy's perspective, but Malachi the angel's as well. Now I'm not saying Mr. Fabry was spot on and that what he wrote is exactly how angel's feel and think but considering that these beings are such a mystery to us, I think he did really good job. It was interesting that Malachi often referred to how confusing humans and their ways are to him when, at the same time, we can say the same things about them. Malachi struggles to understand why certain events happen to Billy and why he was unable to interfere but his trust and allegiance to his Master challenges us to trust our G-d with such childlike faith even when we don't understand the things that go on in our lives. Malachi is only an angel with no free will but still he knows that G-d is taking care of Billy and his job is to only observe and act when directed.
Billy is the definition of a humble servant and childlike innocence. All he does is to help other people and to tell them of the message of Salvation even to the point where his needs are pushed aside (which can sometimes become fatal to him.) The reader will immediately become attached to Billy and find themselves celebrating his victories and sighing with sadness over his misfortunes.
While the story is very well written, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 18. Mr. Fabry addresses issues of rape and sexual child abuse. While the issues are handled well personally I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone under that age group because some of the scenes are pretty intense and a little graphic.
This book receives a 3 out of 5 rating from me (see side bar for book review scale). It's not that the book was bad, as a matter of fact, it was very good it just wasn't really my taste. But I hope that doesn't stop you from following Malachi in observing Billy's life!
P.S. While Almost Heaven is not a sequel, you might want to read Mr. Fabry's June Bug as the stories do intertwine and Almost Heaven reveals parts of June Bug.
P.P.S. You can get Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry at your local LifeWay Christian Book Store.
Every once in a while I get a odd sewing request. These mostly come from my brothers:
"Can you make me a shirt with detachable sleeves?"
"Can you make me a double shofar case with a pocket for a notebook on the outside?"
"CAN YOU MAKE ME CHAINMALE?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!"
Yep, I've heard some pretty strange requests in my day, but I've never been asked this before:
"Can you sew something for a dog?"
Now this one didn't come from my brothers, no this came from a lady whom I use to go to church with. She works at a cancer center a couple of towns from where I live and her boss owns a therapy dog. A few times a week he brings his dog, Bingo, to work and visits the patients. He (the owner, not the dog) expressed his desire to this lady I know that he wanted a doctor's coat for his dog to wear whenever he came to work. She told him that she knew a girl who could help him out: ME! I'd never been asked to sew for anything but a human before so I said I'd give it a shot!
After some research I found a pattern that could work for a doctor's coat and some nice white scrub like material (McCall's 5776 for anyone interested).
Here's what I cooked up:
(Isn't he just adorable?!?!)
I sewed view F omitting the pockets and hem band at the bottom. Instead I just sewed a 1/2 inch hem after I shaped the back to account for his hind legs.
(Here you can see where I pinned up the hem. Sorry I don't have a finished photo but you get the idea of what shape I created.)
I had to adjust the size for his chubby body and little legs.
(Me and my "client")
I'm so very pleased with how it turned out! The owner was tickled to death and Bingo was... well... I don't think he really cared or not about the coat but he seemed to like me!
So I guess now I can put on my résumé "dog clothes" as a skill. :) I'm so thankful for this learning opportunity! If your ever in Athens, TN stop by The Athens' Regional Cancer Center and go see little Bingo and his sharp looking new coat!
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