Sew New

Pardon my mess behind.

Earlier in the summer, I was doing a lot of sewing. There have been several projects, but one of my favorites was this dress. It had several steps: foundation layers, including a chemise and a set of stays which I later decided to make built-in-to the dress. 

The construction is called fall-front, or bib-front, which means the dress is stepped into, the back and shoulders put on and fastened in the front of the bust, then the front “bib” brought up to be pinned in place and the waist tied in back.
Clear as mud? Good. 

The fun part was the fabric. It may not be 100% historically accurate (the pattern is a bit too close), but I wanted something that looks like it was remade from an older gown from the 1700s.

Which my main character in my upcoming novel, Penelope’s Hope, had to do. Though she is no seamstress. Her talents lie in other artistic areas. More on that later. 
My thoughts about sewing, though, have led me here.
Have you ever wanted to be able to re-do something? Maybe a conversation or a project or a meal? I have.

This sewing project was like that in many ways. I got to re-do a regency dress, because my first had some problems with fit. It was lovely, but not very useful because of the poor fit. The front bib-part gaped because I did not measure correctly, and just made the panel a straight rectangle. It needed darts at the base and a drawstring or fitting at the top.
The new dress was actually made from old bedsheets I picked up at a thrift store. Isn’t that the best?
I love thinking of how God picks us up, maybe feeling unwanted or old and useless. He re-makes us, puts His Spurit in us and even uses us to help other people. He can make the oldest, least desirable into a thing of beauty. 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17)

This is one of the photos of the dress, btw. More on that later.
Photo credit on this last one goes to Alex Shaw of Shaw Photography. 
Thanks for reading!