Monday, July 28, 2014

From Immodest Maxi Dress to Modest Maxi Skirt...

One of my finds on my recent thrifting trip was a knit fabric maxi dress.  
It was the sleeveless - elastic across the bust kind.  But the colors were wonderful.  In fact, as I walked around the store with it hanging on my shoulder - 
several people commented that those were 'good colors' for me.  
So for $5 - home it came.  I figured I could transform it into a skirt.

Step 1 - cut off the elastic top.

 Step 2 - lay another maxi skirt, that fits, on top for a length estimate... 
 chop some more off the top of the non-elastic skirt portion.
 Step 3 - sew a large running stitch all the way around the top 
of the non elastic skirt portion.  
(tip - I sewed 2 running stitches - one between each side seam.  This made it easier to work with.)  
Pull the back thread of the running stitch to gather the fabric 
till it fits into the elastic portion.  Stitch together - 
with skirt inside out and right sides together.
 Step 4 - The elastic portion was just too deep for my waist - 
so I sewed it in half.  
(folded it down and sewed it onto the seam where the elastic portion meets the bottom part.) 
A new upcycled maxi skirt for me!  In great colors!
  (Sorry - the colors in this photo are very off...
nighttime indoor photography at its finest.)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Head Covering Christian Women Hit the Streets...

I just spent 2 days with some wonderful friends and Godly ladies.  
We were on a mission - a bargain hunting mission.  In other words - 
for 2 days we hit thrift and discount stores looking for treasures.  
But we had a 2nd equal and important mission...
and that was to represent Jesus everywhere we went.  

We did find great stuff...

a lot of stuff...

 And we had sweet times of sharing and fellowship around the Word...

But when we hit the streets... I was intrigued with how folks 
were drawn to us.  (not necessarily evident in these photos.) 
People seemed to love to chat with us.  It was our prayer 
that we would shine the light of Jesus where ever we went,
through everyday living and shopping. 

It was a joy to talk with strangers and feel their excitement in encountering us.  
We were not anything special - just 17 ladies with smiles and 
joy on our faces - dressing modestly and wearing head coverings.  
But you could feel Jesus join our journey and I trust He was glorified.
Don't be afraid to be 'different'... it may be just what someone is longing for!
 To view more  - check out the post on my other blog.