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Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Best Sewing Gift Ever!

It was a Christmas that I thought would be especially bleak. My father had recently left, and my mother was especially sad. It was our first Christmas alone, and we were over a thousand miles away from any family. But, under the tree was a gift for me. I opened it, and inside was a sewing pattern and fabric. As wonderful as that was, what made it all the more special was that the fabric that was in the box was the exact same fabric that was on the pattern envelope! Everything was in the box to recreate the garment that I saw. I just couldn't believe it, 2 black and white coordinates, and packages of white cording. 

Over the Christmas break, I made up the outfit, and of course wore it proudly on my first day back at school. I felt as though I was wearing a designer garment. 

I still have the pattern. The envelope is a little worse for wear, but everything is still intact, no missing pattern pieces.


I've decided to somewhat recreate the outfit. Rather than in the matching fabric, I am using a plaid wool flannel for the skirt, and a coordinating black cotton chambray for the shirt. 


Although 1 is cotton, and the other wool, I really like how the 2 coordinate. 


I'll do the version on the right just as I did when I had the coordinating fabric, but this time around, I won't add the big patch pockets. Rather than a contrasting piping, I'll just self pipe both the shirt and the skirt. 


The pattern is really just a basic shirt and a wrap skirt, but it's special. It takes me back to a time when my world had fallen apart, and yet, there under that tree was a gift that represented potential. As it was, it was just a box with a pattern and some fabric. But, with just a little effort, I had something that made me feel so very special.  



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11 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful, heartfelt story, Rhonda. Making this will be a wonderful tribute.

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  2. I LOVE this! I love that you are revisiting a wonderful memory and making a very wearable garment. I still make and wear a lot of the 70s patterns myself - great styles.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story. It helps to know we are not alone when times are tough. Just look how you bounced back!

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  4. Lovely story! - and great pattern too ♥

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  5. Love this! I never think about sewing good memories! It might be a good time in my life to consider that!

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  6. This is so awesome! It's beautiful.

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  7. That's still a pretty pattern, but I have to say, I REALLY like the way the gray fabric is draped on your dress form. That, too, would make a nice blouse - maybe for evening, the neckline looks low, but it is an attractive design.

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  8. Wish there was a picture of you in that first garment. I know you were beautiful. Life sure does have some severe sad times in it. Can't wait to see you in this new version.

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  9. OMG! I had the same exact pattern! Only I made the other version and made it out of hot pink linen-type fabric and hand-embroidered the designs. I had pale pink trim. Thanks so much for sharing and taking me back, as well!

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  10. What a beautiful story. Isn't it something how God hand delivers redeeming moments when we're feeling our world has fallen apart. A comforting deposit. Can't wait to see your new rendition of this pattern.

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