How I Altered my Knit Shirt – Tutorial

Hello Girls!

I wrote this post on Monday, but with a flu this past weekend, and a nephew’s birth yesterday, the post was delayed until today. I couldn’t get it to post before I went to bed Monday, but Samantha was with my sister who was having her baby, so was a little preoccupied with something more important than getting the post to publish. ;)

I hope y’all are doing well and enjoying Summer at y’all’s current abiding. :)

This Monday, I altered a shirt that I would like to wear in a future Femininely Modest outfit picture post for y’all. The shirt was previously a size or two too big for me, so I altered it today to make it fit me better. I think I got a little carried away when I was trimming it down and may have trimmed the sides down a little too much! :/ I think it will be fine, though. :) When you cut your knits down, it is helpful to have another knit that you wear and can compare the sizes to as you measure and alter a different knit.

Anyway, here is how I did it. :)

First, I cut 2″+ off the sides of my shirt bodice, and cut the sleeves off. It is sometimes a nice idea to leave the surger seam on either the arm of the bodice, or the sleeve itself to keep the material from stretching too much when it is sewn- depending on which one you are more concerned about stretching. For this bodice, since I gathered the sleeves and cut the bodice down also, the Surger seams wouldn’t have stayed on either the sleeve or arm hole seams!

In this picture, I’ve detached the sleeves, trimmed down the sides and arm holes, and kept the material from the width that I cut off of the sides.
 photo SDC19549.jpgAfter cutting the sides, I realized that the bottom seams didn’t line up. The back bodice was about 3/4″ longer than the front….so, off comes both seams. If you do this, be sure your bodice is long enough! :)
Also, because my neckline was a little tall, I cut about 1″ off the top in preparation for a different collar. I also kept this strip for later use, if necessary.
 photo SDC19551.jpgFolding the shirt in half, carefully, helps insure that my edges are evenly trimmed. Note: I’d suggest folding the shirt so that the back is in the inside. This helps be sure that if any side is a tiny bit smaller, due to the crease in the middle, it is the back that comes out a tiny bit smaller and not the front.
 photo SDC19546.jpgStrips that I cut off of my hem and collar and then sewed into about 1″ wide, folded strips:
 photo SDC19562.jpgNext, I zig-zagged my edges. It is Very nice to be able to use a Surger Sewing Machine when sewing knits; it cuts down on the amount of work and time, considerably!
 photo SDC19557.jpgI pinned where I wanted to begin and end the gathered stitch so I knew that I gathered both sides evenly.

 photo SDC19566.jpgGather the sleeve to fit the armhole. Then, I pin it in place, being sure to have the center crease of the sleeve (closest fold to the camera in the above picture) even with the shoulder seam or a tiny bit (1/3″-1/2″) towards the front bodice. {My shoulder seam length is about 4″}

Then, sew the sleeve on!
 photo IMG_0510.jpgMy desires for the finished collar on this shirt, were three things, namely the following: I wanted it to be a little closer to the base of my neck, than it would be when I cut it shorter, feminine (maybe with ruffles?:), and if it had ruffles on it, I wanted it to fold-down rather than a stand-up. :)

I didn’t capture many pictures of the process of making the collar, so I’ll have to try to explain it in words. I’ll try to explain how I did the collar to the best of my ability, and pray that all y’all who may be benefited from it will be able to understand what I am saying, or at least gain better ideas for future use with your own creativity.

So, using some of the pieces I’d used from hems and the collar, I gathered them slightly, then sewed them onto the inside piece (closest layer of collar material to where my neck was supposed to be) of the collar. That way I could fold my collar down later and have the pretty side showing. :) It reminded me of when I used to take care of my little sister and I needed to learn how to fold those pretty socks with lace on the top that when cuffed down, had the pretty side of the lace seam showing, or when left uncuffed (or cuffed inside-out) would have the raw edge showing!!!
 photo SDC19564.jpgI sewed a 1/4″ elastic on the inside of that seam, thus having a three layer deep seem. The deepest layer into the inside of the collar was first my elastic, then the inside collar layer, then the ruffled edge. Next, straighten and smooth out the two layers of collar and pin the bottom layer to the top layer. Then sew them together (the tiny seam you can see on the picture below). I then took a hand-sewing needle and tacked the collar down in multiple places. I didn’t want to simply sew it for a few reasons. 1) it would be stiffer and probably not stretch over my head easily. 2) It would look pinned to the bodice, rather than look like it was just laying there. 3) It would probably undo the main reason I had the elastic and that was to hold my collar a little closer to my neck.

Note: I’d probably have chosen a 1/8″ wide elastic for collars because they wouldn’t be as stiff or large, but the 1/4″ was what we had and it seems to have worked fine! I guess a lot of what decides which size elastic you want, is what look it is that you are wanting!! :) Also, note: Make sure you cut the elastic length long enough to fit over your head!!

 photo SDC19574.jpgI ripped out two and a half of those 1″strips that I either sewed or cut off the hem of this shirt. Then, I sewed them back onto the bottom of the shirt, single layer (keeping the addition layer quite a bit looser than the shirt to add a slightly ruffled look), before giving it a larger hem.

 photo SDC19573.jpgI hope this helps some of y’all in some way! I know that altering my T-shirts and any knit under-shirt, tank-top, etc has been a huge blessing this Spring!! Because I wear them under my long sleeved blouses, it really doesn’t matter if they are tighter than what would be modest to wear by themselves, and they fit me nicely. It is exciting to be experimenting on my long-sleeved knit shirts also, and I really like girly, cute shirts. It is simply very hard to find feminine, modest, pretty long-sleeved shirts that can be worn by themselves rather than needing to be doubled with other layers to make up for the immodesty or the lack of femininity in them.

I’d love to hear your ideas on making clothes modest and beautiful!!! I have so much to learn and I am eagerly anticipating gaining insight into how to dress modestly, beautifully and femininely, as well as efficiently!

Sarah

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Part 1: Character Training and How What We Think Will Affect Our Children

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about child-training and how our character/actions play so much into the way that we train our children – and who they will become as a result. A little while ago I wrote about Preparing Them For His Glory. Today, I’d like to talk about training our character so that we can train and mold their character in righteousness. Whether for good or for evil, who we are and how we think, WILL impact and affect our children’s lives. This is why, my precious sisters, it is so important to be working on our own character! We don’t want to pass down the bad character traits to our own precious little ones.

So how does our character line up with scripture? Do the way that we think and handle things now, line up with scripture? Have you ever thought about this? Yahweh does give us instruction, sisters. He does care how we handle things. Do you know what He thinks? How He wants you thinking? I’m going to really stress three main area’s in this series…fear, worry, and doubt and how they play into our lives, as they are on my heart. These three factors, if left unchecked, can ruin our lives. They can make it so that Yahweh can’t use us for His glory and honor and to further His Kingdom. They ARE huge, girls! Have you ever thought about them and how they play into your own life? What does scripture say about them? Have you ever thought about it before? Is it wrong to worry about things? To be fearful about things, even horrible things that could happen? Do you know what scripture says, and are you living according to what it says?

For years, I never really thought much about them before. Nor did I realize how I used to fret and worry about things and how wrong it was to. I mean, we all know bad things can happen! Look at the times we are in! So, is it really wrong to worry about things? What if things aren’t going your way and feel like they are falling apart? Is it wrong to be fearful, atleast some of the time? I mean, how wrong can this be? Really. Think about it. Could it really be that wrong?

Answer: Yes, it most certainly can be and is! Sin is sin my precious sisters, and this one is huge in my line of thinking. Let me show you why.

First, let’s read the definition of them. These are taken from the Merrion-Webster’s online dictionary.

Fear:

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Worry:

: to think about problems or fears : to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen

: to make (someone) anxious or upset : to cause (someone) to worry

Doubt:

: to be uncertain about (something) : to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely

: to have no confidence in (someone or something)

Let’s now take a look at scripture and see what scripture has to say about them.

What Does Yahweh’s Word Say About Fear

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This has to be one of my all time favorite verses in scripture. It’s one of my life verses. I mean, why do we need to fear? He promises to be with us, to strengthen us when we need to be strengthened, to uphold us with HIS right hand, and we know that we don’t have to be dismayed…why? Because Yahweh is OUR God! So sisters, let me ask you again, are we supposed to be fearful? Besides being a direct command from Yahweh to NOT be fearful, what is there really to be afraid of? With Yahweh on our side, as our Guide and our Stay, what is there to fear? What can man really do to you?

Psalms 27:1-14 A Psalm of David. Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, MY HEART SHALL NOT FEAR: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of Yahweh, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Yahweh, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto Yahweh. 7 Hear, Yahweh, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Yahweh, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will take me up. 11 Teach me THY WAY, Yahweh, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living. 14 Wait on Yahweh: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on Yahweh.

I love the above passage as well, as it really declares who Yahweh is supposed to be in our lives. He is our strength (or supposed to be atleast, but often times we won’t let Him be!), so why would we be fearful of someone or something? David goes on to declare how even if a host encamped around him, he would not be afraid, because he understood very well who was in control of his life. He had confidence in Yahweh his God. Do you have confidence in your Yahweh your God? Do you believe Yahweh your God? He said He would be with you, do you believe Him? If you don’t believe, you will fear. You will become fearful, doubtful, and you will worry. It’s a lack of belief, sisters. Where and in whom do you put your trust in?

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Yahweh tells us that the spirit of fear is NOT of Him. He isn’t the one who placed it within us, it’s not of Him…so who might I ask, is it from? You have light and darkness. The father of righteousness and the father of all lies. You have Yahweh and Satan. If the spirit of fear is not of Yahweh, who is it from? Satan! Sisters, now do you begin to see why this is so serious? This spirit is not of your God. It is of the god of this world…the ruler of darkness! It isn’t a light matter when we allow this spirit to come within our lives and take root!!

The scripture verse goes onto say that fear is the opposite of a sound mind. When you begin to fear, you no longer have a sound mind in Yahweh. Again, it’s serious! It’s not something to take lightly.

Yahweh tells us who we are supposed to fear.

Matthew 10:28-31 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

There is a righteous fear, and there is an unholy fear. We are to fear Yahweh, because He is a Righteous Judge! But He does NOT want us fearing everything and everyone! He tells us He loves us more than anything else…so why should we be fearful?

I want to go on to say that fear is also distrust. When we fear, it’s because we don’t have confidence in our God to do what He says He will do. We don’t trust Him. We distrust Him. Which is again, because we do not understand who our God is, for if we did, why would we have reason to fear?

I said earlier how our character, if not trained in righteousness, will hinder our children’s lives (as well as our own). When we are fearful, we pass that evil spirit of fear down onto our children and those around us. Yet, what does Yahweh say? In Leviticus 25:17 He says, Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am Yahweh your God.

By being afraid, we oppress others. Yes, you heard me right. Let me go onto explain.

Take a storm. When you are fearful of a storm (no matter what that storm includes), and you start to worrying about it (which is an offspring of fear), watch what happens to those around you. If they aren’t aware of it and reject that spirit, they too, begin to be fearful of it. But, if on the other hand, they remain trustful in Yahweh, knowing He holds everything within the palms of His hands and promises to be with us, and you begin to talk about how faithful Yahweh is and how we can put our trust in Him…what happens? See the difference in how we think and how it effects others? But when we pass that spirit of fear onto others, we now oppress them with that spirit! I have seen this countless of times. Often times I hear mothers simply say “oh, I worry about everything!” Sisters, this isn’t of Yahweh! We must view sin as sin. Fearing man, things, and even Satan, is wrong! It is sin. Yahweh commands us NOT to. Which means when we allow ourselves to, we are going against Him and are disobeying Him! So why do we think it a light thing, when we do just that? Why do we brush it off as some light matter? We should be getting down upon our knees and repenting, not marveling in how this sin is so much apart of our lives!

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful (or anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through the anointed Yahshua.

How can we keep a sound mind? By being anxious over nothing, but instead of being fearful about everything, we get down upon our knees, thank Yahweh for whatever it is, and pray knowing He promises to see us through everything and anything! We can pray about things, but there is a difference between trusting Him and fearing the situation. It’s called surrendering it to Him, my precious sisters. It’s called trust. When we trust Yahweh at His word, we WILL have peace…even in the midst of turmoil. It’s that peace that passeth all understanding. It isn’t explainable. But it is real. We don’t have to understand everything. Yahweh doesn’t tell us we will understand. But He commands us to trust Him. Will you? If you do, Yahweh promises to keep our hearts and minds through Yahshua! But He can’t keep something that we refuse to give Him. This takes two! Will you let Him keep your mind and hearts, by doing what He tells you to do…one of which is to not be fearful? Or will you make it impossible for Him to? The choice is ours.

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Preparing For Our Beloved’s

Yesterday I posted about how I had made my husband and I’s bed. Lately Yhwh has really been showing me what an absolute joy it is to prepare for his coming. The scripture verse “she does him good and not evil all the days of his life” comes to mind. It isn’t just when our beloved’s are with us that we are to be serving and doing good by them, but its all the time.

Over the years I have found pleasure in writing him, getting different gifts for him (for instance when my sister went to Israel about 7 years ago I had her pick him up something), etc. But lately, Yhwh has taken it one step farther and has been showing me what a joy it is to do something for the both of us. I guess it makes it feel real…that its just like when a couple is apart and on a far journey, he is on a journey…but he will come, he IS coming, it will just take time! So for me, it has probably been one of the biggest joys recently, as it makes him feel so close! Writing letters is wonderful and I certainly look forward to him reading them. Getting gifts now and then is also wonderful, as it’ll make him realize I was thinking about him and praying for him even back then. But there is just something really really exciting and special in creating something, just for the two of us.

And so it was with our bed. But Yhwh didn’t stop there. For years now, I have been praying about a special way to bless my husband. Many of my sisters and sister in laws chose to do this through writing and singing songs to their husbands on their wedding day. I really wanted to bless him as well, but I’m not a song writer (and thats not to say Yhwh wouldn’t give me a song…He can obviously do anything!). But I really didn’t feel it would be through a song. For me, I really felt like it would be through a quilt. I have made many quilts, and I love quilting. But year after year as I prayed and thought about what design to do for us (as many of the quilts I’ve done have had meaning behind them), nothing ever came…and so neither did the quilt. I figured if need be, we could always use the ones I have already made, but I really prayed Yhwh would show me what pattern to do that would bless my husband and be special for “us”.

Well, right after I finished our bed, guess what came?! Yes, the pattern (and no, I’m not going to share it with y’all!!). Yhwh just flashed the design before my minds eye…and I knew at that moment, it was perfect (I mean, how could it not be when Yhwh’s the one who gave it to me?!)! I had no idea how I was going to do it, as I have never, ever seen anything like it before. But I knew if the pattern was from Him, He’d help me figure it out! I was sooo excited!

I ran upstairs and drew what I had seen. I could hardly sit still! I wanted to jump for joy!! In fact, my sister sat there laughing at my joy! Years of waiting had come to an end…I could now begin it!!! And as I looked down at what my hand had just drawn, I wanted to cry. Me who can’t hardly draw a stick figure…drew THAT?!?! It showed me once again Who was in the middle of it! Only He could make this a reality…and it has been like this from day one. I would get one step completed and ask how to do the next, and He’d show me. It was amazing! Such love my God has for us!!

And with each stitch, I realize how He has been holding me in the palm of His hand, preparing and molding me into the lady He needed and needs me to become. Had He shown this pattern to me years ago when I first asked, I wouldn’t understand it, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t have appreciated it like I do now. It’s a treasure and something that I will treasure for years to come.

And like our bed, it has made him feel so much closer, so real… and only a prayer away! Choosing the fabrics, cutting it out, each step has been like no other…although I have made many before…this one is for my BELOVE! This one is for my Ish! My Love…and I. It is a gift from Yhwh to us. It’s beyond special and I feel like I can be “doing something”. Like preparing different things for our home, I can be working and figuring out (with Yhwh’s help!) how I can bless him. And one way is by learning how to do things myself, so that we can be fugal with the resources Yhwh has blessed us with (like with the bed).

Sisters, this is why I share this…how are YOU preparing for your Love? Are you getting things in order so when he does come, you are ready for him? Are you doing things to bless him “right now”? It doesn’t have to wait! Pray and ask Yhwh how YOU can bless and prepare for YOUR Beloved! Don’t feel like you have to do what others have done for theirs. Be free to be you and let Yhwh show you what will be meaningful for the both of you. And if He doesn’t reveal anything specific to you, wait. But don’t feel like it’s because He has forgotten or doesn’t care. Know it’s because He’s in the middle of answering you, but it may take time…and in the meantime, ask Him what you can be working on and learning in the meantime.
And when He does show you anything, no matter how small it may seem at the moment or something you may not understand right then, don’t allow that to stop you! Enjoy preparing and doing things for the both of you! One day it will be a treasure when we can show them how we we’re thinking about and praying for them.

Yhwh bless!

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Our Bed – A Homemade Japanese Futon

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been sleeping on the floor with GREAT results! But I knew sleeping on sleeping bags was a short term fix, so I started researching Japanese Futons and realized that I could make my own using 100% Cotton batting. Well…anyone who knows me, knows I really enjoy sewing and the thought of making my own bed…well…I just couldn’t resist! :o)

But then Yahweh brought a thought to my mind. The Futons last many, many years. If I was going to go through the work, time, and money to make one…why not make it large enough for my Beloved husband and I? It wouldn’t cost that much more, something I could definitely manage, it would bless others who came to visit and needed a bed to sleep on in the meantime…and it would be something special that I could do for us. I smiled. Make my Beloved and I’s bed??? But it was a special way that I could prepare for his coming and I was all for that! I laughed and teased my family that now I could honestly tell my husband I’ve made his bed for him, waiting for his arrival! :o)

So after research it, I came across this youtube. The lady doesn’t explain or talk through it, but she walks you through how to do it.

The only problem that I found was, she didn’t explain where she got such thick cotton batting, nor the size of the batting, etc. But, it was enough to give me the “gist” of how to make one. So I set out.

Well, I thought I had gotten enough batting (as I wanted to make my husband and I a full width, but a queen length…another wonderful advantage of making your own!) and JoAnn’s only had 5 bags of the “Warm & Plush” 100% Cotton batting, which I realized was much thicker than the other battings. But what I soon realized was, it wasn’t going to be nearly enough. This is where Amazon comes in! I found this bolt, again on sale for 50% off…and it was slightly less expensive than buying the bags, and I knew I needed roughly double what I had already gotten. So I ordered a bolt, using our Prime membership. It was due to arrive Monday, but never showed up. So we go on to realize that it had left PA and gone up to MA, just to turn back around and go back to PA. I called UPS to see what was going on, but they weren’t much help and just said they didn’t know, but it was now due to arrive on Wednesday. We weren’t going to contact Amazon, but Tuesday morning Dad really felt like we needed to atleast tell them what was going on and see if they knew what had happened/was happening. So I called and spoke with a man who looked into it and just kept saying “that’s so weird! that is just so weird!” He said since we ordered using Prime and it was going to take another half of week to get to us, he said he wanted to send us another bolt and said he was really sorry this happened and that he had no idea what was going on. He also wanted to ship it overnight. I told him the other package should be here Wednesday (same day as the overnight would arrive), but he wanted to do this and said he was so sorry.

I was blown away. I paid $154 and it was already 50% off, with free shipping! Now I was going to get 2 bolts for $154 (queen size rolls)!

It really taught me a powerful lesson, because I have to sadly admit, that the night before I was really disappointed and just didn’t handle it very well. I was running out of time before I left for a month, and now it would leave me less than a week to get it done and a bunch of other stuff done. I did tell Yahweh I was sorry, that as we like to say “All’s well”. It is what it is. So to wake up and realize the gift that Yahweh had waiting for me, was so humbling! Simply because I wanted to be impatient over it, because I didn’t see what He saw, and didn’t realize that He was actually trying to bless me and provide what I needed…but didn’t realize I needed…just yet! Talk about a powerful lesson! He ALWAYS has a reason for what He allows in our life…and He does work ALL things for the good!

So Wednesday was the big day. I prepared the cover and then set to work. You will see it laying on the floor, but please realize this ended up being too small in the, so I just used a Duvet cover I bought at the thrift store for around $5. I also bought a flannel one that goes over the white mattress cover, to protect the cover, as this one can come off to be washed…whereas the white was turned into a the actual mattress cover and can not come off without undoing the stitching.

Here is a step by step tutorial for all those who would like to join in the adventure! :o) Or for those of you who are wondering how they are made. Enjoy!

The cover I had made for it (but later used it for my sister Sarah’s twin mattress…which I will also put up in another tutorial).
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The roll of batting…
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Layering it…it’s still doubled here…I rolled it to the length I needed, then cut it and opened it up, making sure to keep ALL wrinkles out of it. This is important. Take your time and keep it flat! :o) Or you will feel it! (You’ll have a lot of extra on the side, even doing a queen width, so you cut this off)
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See how I cut it to fit? Now I go to the second layer.
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Once I had quite a few layers down that were even (one piece), I started using the side extra width pieces, laying them sideways. Please note: Again, you MUST line these layers up. Keep all layers as even as possible, and don’t have the edges overlap each other…even just a little.
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Every couple of “pieced layers” I’d do a couple full layers. this helps it stay together and keep it smooth.
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After I got it as thick as I thought I needed it, it was time to flip it over and make it all even. In retrospect, I would have cut the layers exact right from the beginning, but it was hard not “seeing” the cover and I didn’t want to cut into my cover. So I left some room to spare. It would be worth it to put the cover on the first couple of pieces and cut it even, so you don’t waste so much.
Also, you will see my sister and I working on this, but you can’t really see what we are doing. She was helping me pin it (putting the pins straight down through the layers…it’s about 3″ thick), to hold the layers still while I trimmed all the layers even.
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Cutting the layers even…
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See the pins now?
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Okay, you will see on my hand after I had been cutting for awhile, that it was pretty irritated and blisters were starting to form.
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SAVE your hand and use that cotton batting you are working with! It makes an incredible difference!
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Layers are now even! YAY!
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As you can see, the slipcover I made wasn’t going to fit, but I wanted to show you how to put a slipcover or duvet cover on. It takes work and time…and it will pay off…slow and steady. Keep those layers together and flat! It WILL get wrinkles in it while you’re putting it on if you aren’t careful, which will require a lot of work to get them back out. You may still have to, but take my word on it. GET THEM OUT! ;o) It’s so worth having a soft, even, and flat mattress! You really don’t want a lumpy one, and it WILL be noticeable!
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In the Duvet cover…
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Just button it up at the end…
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And because it had the wider edges, I just folded them and tacked them in place…
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And it’s finished…almost!
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Now the fun begins! ;o)
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It needs to be tied down, now…which is a must…there is NO getting around it, girls! I used my hands, as it’s roughly 6″ wide. And let me admit something here…for miss perfectionist…this was hard. Really hard. But all you can do is your best. Your stitching isn’t going to come out all even. It is extremely hard to get that 3″ needle down and back up all those layers…and keep it straight at the same time. Like I said, you can only do your best and keep moving. You will get faster as the time goes on, and straighter. But you will be there all day long, if you insist on getting those stitches perfectly even and straight. Don’t ask me how I know.
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A thimble is a MUST!
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Once down and back up again, cut threads a couple of inches long on each side. (I used the thick Pearl thread…it’s like string and you can find it with the embroidery floss at the stores).
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Now knot it, but pull it tight!
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And then knot it a couple more times.
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Again, once the knot is in, leave some headroom and cut.
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And viola…
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The slip cover that can be washed…
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But this isn’t quite it yet! :o) I was SO excited about this! I like small spaces…but I like space saving ideas! I just LOVED this feature on our bed!
You make your bed up…
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You then fold it in two…
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And then put your second quilt on top for looks (okay, so now you all know I sleep with two flannel quilts!)…and you now have a couch and a bunch more room for “during the day”!
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In fact, I am sitting on the couch version of it, while writing this up! :o) Then when it’s time to go to bed, you just move the stuff out of the way, open it up, if need be, shake it a little bit, put the second quilt on top of it, and it’s made and ready for use! Which is what I am about to do as it is now 9:30pm and I need to be up and at it by 3:45am tomorrow! So enough of a tutorial, my friends, and until next time…Lilah tov!

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Feminine Modesty Monday 1 Skirt, three Ways, three Days

Hello Girls! :)

I wore this skirt with a pink shirt and three-quarter length, purple and pink flowered jacket last Modesty post. In this picture, I am wearing the green skirt with a blue and tan-flowered shirt that a sweet sister-friend gave me.

 photo IMG_0213.jpgMy younger sister took this picture of my outfit a while ago, but it was cloudy so the clearness didn’t come out well. I’ll try to get some better pictures of my next outfit, but in the time being, I hope you have a great week as you learn to please Yahweh more in dress!

BTW, here is a link to a blog that I’ve enjoyed visiting in the past and gaining some ideas from. :) It is easy to substitute the outfits with personal preference lengths and such- yet not losing the creativity. I really enjoy some of her outfit ideas and hope y’all find some inspiring tips to make your wardrobes not only modest but pretty and fresh as well!

Blessings!
Sarah

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Neckline Tutorial

Shalom and boker tov (good morning), my precious sisters!

Today’s sewing tutorial is on how to do a very simple neckline adjustment. For those necklines that are just annoyingly too large, making it uncomfortable for comfort and modesty when bending, I have the perfect solution for you! :o) All it takes is a few seconds of your time, elastic thread (which you can buy pretty much anywhere that sells sewing supplies), as well as a needle with a little bit larger “eye”, as the elastic thread is a little thick. Then all you have to do is stitch the inside of your neck (wrong side and make sure it does go through!), knotting one end a couple of times so it doesn’t pull through, then put the shirt on and adjust it to your liking. This works great for shirts whose neckline is below or around the collar bone area, when you’d prefer it closer to your neck. It can bring it in/up by a couple of inches. But keep in mind, the looser the neckline, the more gathers it will have…which can also give it a feminine twist, too. Enjoy!

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This shirt was a little bit looser than it looks in the above picture and was just too loose for my comfort, so I just quickly stitched in the elastic, and here is what it looks like now. :o)

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Below is a knit version of the same alteration. This one has more gathers in it, as it was a lot larger neckline…but it actually adds a pretty touch to the shirt, in my humble opinion. :o) So it can work on both cottons and knits.

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Words ARE Powerful!

Lately I’ve been reading a book on training our children in character, which I hope to do a book review on, soon. But I came across a quote this morning that really got my attention. Dr. Davis said “Everything we say to our kids either blesses them or curses them”. Wow! It got me thinking about how powerful our words really are to all those hear them. Think about it. We have the power to kill or give life, via our words. That’s powerful! Listen to what Yahweh says in Proverbs.

Yahweh says that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

That’s pretty powerful when you think about it!! Sisters, we can give life by our words, but we can also kill and destroy with them…which do you do? Which are you known by? Will you be known for your words of life, encouragement, wisdom, and covering? Or will you be known for killing and destroying, tearing down and discouraging, backbiting, and repeating a matter with your tongue/words?

Listen to what David says in Psalms 15:1-3

1 A Psalm of David. Yahweh, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

…Don’t we all long to abide in His tabernacle and dwell in His holy hill…Jerusalem? Yet look at what He requires for us to be in order to do just that!

2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

…again, our words don’t just affect those that we speak them outloud to, they affect us! How do you speak to yourself? How do you speak to your own heart?

…now we get to see what we CAN’T be, if we want to dwell and abide with Him…

3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Again, it comes down to our words and our thoughts (for thoughts preceed our words). What will we be known by? Will we walk in righteousness and speak the truth, or will we be known for backbiting and destroying with our own words?

Proverbs 10:20-21 says, “The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” and

Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

Sisters, again I ask you, what does your mouth speak? Does it feed (encourage, uplift) or does it kill? Does it give health to those who you are speaking with, or does it sting like death? Does it pierce through the heart of the very one you are supposed to be giving life to? Words ARE powerful! How we speak them, makes all the difference in the world.

When we need to correct, how do we do it? Do we speak it in love, or frustration or anger? Do our words kill, or encourage? Do we help them grow, or just shoot them down, more or less? Let’s read what Paul says in Ephesians 4:15-16

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even the anointed: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Even when we are needing to correct, sisters, it needs to be done in love, not anger. If our words will destroy, instead of build up and help increase that person in godliness, then we shouldn’t say it. We can both speak something in love, and speak that same correction in a stinging, piercing type of way. One will give life and increase, while the other one will destroy. How do you correct?

Paul goes on to tell us what our communication should be filled with in Ephesians 4:29-32 which reads, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

…does our conversations minister grace and edify those who are hearing? Or is it filled with corruption?

He goes on to say, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for anointed’s sake hath forgiven you.”

…I’ll be the first one to say, it is very easy to allow our words, especially when we’re going through a hard time or upset, to turn our words into a very negative manner. It’s easy to lash out and to speak evil of those who you are not pleased with. But sisters, this is not the way of Yahweh. He wants us to minister grace to our hearers and to edify them, and if we cannot, we shouldn’t speak.

And if you’re tempted to correct or lash out in anger, I want you to remember what David says in Proverbs 15:1. “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Like the old saying goes “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all”. There is a lot of truth to that saying.

I’d like to challenge you to really monitor your conversations. What are they filled with? Are they filled with edification? Or are they filled with discouragement? Do they minister grace? Encourage? Lift up? Are your words filled with meekness and wisdom like James 3:13 says? Even when you are speaking to yourself, what are your words filled with? Are they filled with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing, giving thanks for all things, and submitting yourself to those you are supposed to be, in the fear of Yahweh as Ephesians 5:19-20 tells us? Do your lips utter praise and speak of His word and His commandments as Psalms 119:170-172 says?

My precious sisters, the choice is ours. Our words will do one or the other…they will either kill and destroy (curse), or they will be filled with life (blessings). Yahweh tells us to be holy in ALL manner of conversations…and this includes everything…even in talking about others. There are people I know who are known for never speaking anything negative about anyone or anything, while there are others that people don’t even want to be around, because their conversations are anything but uplifting, edifying, and encouraging. There are people who are known to be gentle in their correction, yet others who are known to be harsh.

Sisters, our time here on earth is precious. It is a gift. The very people/person listening into our conversations, may never come across our paths again…what will they walk away with? If you could only say one sentence to a person, what would it be? Knowing how much our words impact a person’s life, what would your words be? When you come across that person on the street and can only say a few words, will they be regretful, or filled with blessing and honor? When you are at a streetlight and the people don’t move quite as quick as you would like, do you get upset and honk your horn at them, or pray for them knowing that they may be having a hard day? You know, that person who is in front of you, may have just gone through a crisis. They may be struggling and fighting Yahweh’s soft, gentle voice. Will you help convict them of the right thing, or drive them far from Him because of your response?

When you are in the grocery line, do you take a moment to encourage that young mother or elderly grandmother? Do you encourage the person behind the counter who works tireless all day long, dealing with people who aren’t all quite so gentle, patient, and kind? Will your words curse those around you, or richly bless and impact their lives? You may never get a second chance to speak another word to them. Watch what you speak and how you speak it. It does make a difference!

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity (love), in spirit, in faith (trust), in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Yahweh bless!

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Femininely Modest Outfit -1 skirt, 3 ways, 3 days

Hello girls!

Sorry I have missed my Modesty Monday post at times! Here is one. :) I plan on posting this skirt with three different tops…sound like fun??! It does to me!!! I am enthusiastically looking forward to trying to be creative with the upcoming outfits and combining different things with this skirt. :)  I hope you do have fun and enjoy!
Do you have any pictures of outfits to share? Please send them to me! I’d enjoy receiving pictures of your feminine and modest outfits!! I’d gladly post them here. :)

The skirt was given to me by Samantha. I bought the shirt at a thrift store four years ago and don’t remember the price, but I can’t imagine it being more than three dollars! :) Sorry the picture is so washed out. The second picture shows the print and shades of color on my jacket better. :)
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The jacket cost me around $8 at our favorite thrift store, Hands of Hope.  It is very comfortable and I enjoy wearing it!!! I had thought, earlier, that my jacket-wearing days were done until Fall but…it was pretty chilly (fifties) today!

The Heart Bouquet Flexi cost $14 and is one of my favorites!

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Blessings,

Sarah

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Book review: The Best of Zvi

 

I just finished reading one of the most incredible books I have probably ever read! I love biographies, especially those who are sharing the gospel message with the people around them. Over the years, I have read and collected many of these books. They have been so inspiring and so encouraging to me. But this book “The Best of Zvi” has to be one of the most powerful, inspiring, encouraging, challenging, uplifting books I have ever read! It is a book that I would encourage ever family to read. When the person who wrote the below review from Amazon said it will make you feel like you are out on the streets with Zvi, it is so true! You will feel as though you were standing right beside him through the entire book! What a man of Yahweh this man was!!! I would HIGHLY recommend this book!! If you haven’t had the blessed opportunity to read it, please do! You won’t regret it!

“When it comes to opportunities for sharing the gospel, God can do the impossible. He can open doors that we never knew existed. That’s what THE BEST OF ZVI is all about?it’s a collection of fascinating stories that vividly portray God’s ability to reach people in the most unexpected ways. Zvi has had countless spiritual encounters with his fellow Jewish people, along with Arabs and people from around the world. His reports have become a longtime favorite feature among readers of Israel My Glory magazine. So powerful and personal are Zvi’s accounts that you’ll feel as if you were walking the streets of Jerusalem yourself, carrying on conversations with people of all different backgrounds?in army camps, hospitals, religious schools, synagogues, workplaces, and even people’s homes. Time and again you’ll see the incredible variety of ways God’s Word can give an irrefutable answer to the objections people raise against the gospel message. THE BEST OF ZVI will leave you greatly inspired and encouraged as you see God’s infinite love, wisdom, and power in action!”

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P.s. Preparing Them For His Glory

As I was talking to my sister, she told me “you need to write that down and add it to your article”, so here it is. :o)

Over the years, I have noticed how Yahweh has worked in my own life. Some of you know my testimony, while others of you may not know it. But when I was younger, I was rebellious. I was extremely hard. I remember my mother crying and being at a total loss. I had a really strong personality, but it was strong in all the wrong ways.

Yes, ultimately, I needed Yahshua in my heart. But I also needed those “strengths” molded in the right direction, in order for them to later be used for His honor and glory. I call them strengths, because looking back at what I would have deemed as “utterly and totally sinful weaknesses”, I have realized that Yahweh created me with those, because He needed me to have them…but He needed them trained in righteousness.

Yes, I have a strong personality. I have been told that by numerous people. But Yahweh has also showed me how I needed that personality, for what He has called me to do. Serving in the ways that I have, has required that I be strong. I needed to be able to stand on my own two feet, to stand firmly upon His Word, or I would have never survived. But this also means that I have to be careful to be submissive, to surrender to His will, and to be careful to not be strong, when I need to be weak. It’s a balancing act. But nonetheless, it’s needful.

I share this in hopes that it will encourage you, precious sisters. When I said “those of us who are hard” in the last post, it was children like me, who I was talking about. Don’t lose hope. Don’t be filled with despair. There is a reason that Yahweh has created your child, with the personality that He has. He needs them to have that personality…but He needs it trained in righteousness and holiness. This is what makes the difference. Don’t try to make them into who He hasn’t created them to be. Help Him mold them in righteousness so that He can use that personality for His glory and honor. It will mean all the difference in the world. He sees the end of the story, from the beginning. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, as much as we may not see the good in it, just yet. He doesn’t make mistakes…even in giving your child their personalities! :o) Just be in prayer in how to train it in righteousness and trust Him with the rest of the story.

Many blessings!

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