Sunday, January 13, 2008

If I Didn't Sew, I'd REALLY Be in Trouble.

One year ago, I joined the Missionary Society in my church. When I joined, I knew when our Annual Day rolled around, I'd be expected to wear something white or off-white. I usually don't wear white or off-white because I don't think I look good in that color. But, I had no choice so I bought off-white fabric to make a suit. Then I rationalized, denied, procrastinated and never made the suit. Four days before the Missionary Society Annual Day came, I had a role to play in the service. I still didn't have that white suit and I had very little time to shop for one. But, I still had the fabric I bought a year ago. I didn't have time to make a suit, but I did have time to make a simple dress * -- especially since I took a day off work to do so! (I'm always looking for a good reason to take a day off work.) So, I spent a day hunched over a hot sewing machine, acting like a sweat shop worker and sewed a white dress. I still don't like wearing white; the dress looks like a lab coat, but at least I fit in with the other women in the Missionary Society. I wonder what I would have done if I didn't sew. Being a plus-sized woman, my retail options are limited. And it's been my shopping experience that you never find the outfit you need or want when you are desperate and out of time. If you're lucky enough to find the outfit you need, it costs way more than you are prepared to spend.

During the Altar Payer, I thanked God I know how to sew.

* Pattern information is available at PR.


  1. *LOL* Elaray around here almost all the department stores carry at least 2 or 3 suits in white...then there is this whole little shop that all the church ladies - my mom included - go to because not only does he have an entire size range of white suits but then he has all those other color suits! Can you tell that I've been there with my mom! Hope you had a good Missionary Day!

  2. Haha. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has taken a day off work just to sew. You look SHARP!

  3. You look great! I agree, sewing is a gift from God that I am thankful for quite often. It is a talent I can use for my own family and home and to be a blessing to others in my church.

  4. Wow, elaray, this dress looks really good on you. YOu can add a colorful scarf, jewelry, or vest and wear it for another occasion. It does look really nice. - and I am thankful that God has blessed me with the ability to sew as well.

  5. I think the dress looks great. I can identify with taking a day off to sew. I just recently made a preaching robe for my husband in one day. This is not a good practice but thank God for the ability to sew. As a plus sized woman - it pays to sew.

    Keep up the good work