How are y’all enjoying this winter? I have heard that some people are enjoying spring already and that is nearly unfathomable when I think of Maine just now warming (a little later than usual for us) into the thirties! Spring is coming, all in due season…for some of us it is just a few weeks away!!!!
We are planning on starting Feminine Modesty Mondays again. They will probably be close to every other week, instead of every week as we had tried to do before. I would really enjoy receiving pictures from y’all of modest outfits that you like and would like us to use for Feminine Modesty Mondays. Please don’t feel like you need to have modesty standards that are the same as ours. There is nothing wrong with being “different”; we can all gain from each others’ examples! You are welcome to send in pictures of your modest and feminine outfits and I’ll try to use them sometime in the future posts!
I have realized that I really like pink right now! For months now, I have REALLY enjoyed wearing pink!! The outfit I am posting today, is…can you guess??? Pink! I am really not sure why I like pink so much right now, but I am guessing it is because, not only does it pull out some color in my light skin, but pink is as close to the most feminine color that I know of and in trying to be feminine, I’ll often choose pink!! I know there are many other colors that a woman can wear that are feminine; pink has just been a favorite of mine.
The skirt is handmade and was handed down to me when it was nearly new, except for a bleach stain. Thankfully the skirt was wide enough and full enough that I simply ripped out the waist band seam, cut part of a panel that had bleach on it off of the skirt, resewed the skirt back together and slipped the elastic back into the waste band. You may have seen this skirt in another post along with a cranberry colored knit shirt. As for the shirt, Samantha posted a picture of it in a post that we did last July or August with a white skirt, but I have since altered the shirt to fit me better. I really like the color and style of this shirt, but it was a Large or XL, so it was much too big for me! (I generally wear a size Small or Medium ). This shirt was so big on me that it was somewhat bulky for a gal’s shirt, uncomfortable, and, in my opinion, less feminine. It also helped me realize that shirts that are too large, can actually be less modest than a fairly fitted shirt!!! Reason being, the shoulder, being too big (wide) would pull the side of the shirt out when I lifted my arm (because I had inches of extra material around the waist), which can provide some embarrassing moments! I find that wearing a t-shirt or some kind of long shirt under my outer shirt helps be sure that I am always “covered”…even if while playing a game like Volley Ball or reaching for something high above my head that ends up causing my shirt to come up a little too high…but still, even when I wear a t-shirt under my shirt, I try to be sure that all of my shirts are long enough that they still cover me well. It is awkward to try to be sure that the waist of my shirt stays by my waist and doesn’t buckle outward or isn’t lifted too high, causing me to become immodest!!
It helps to have the t-shirt blend in well with the outer shirt, by the way. While looking at some pictures that were taken this last Fall, I realized things like my bright green t-shirt collar was visible under my plum-purple velvet shirt!!
I really enjoy altering clothes because it makes finding shirts that I like much easier (because often small things that I don’t like, can be altered) and it allows for creativity too, with Yahweh’s help, to make clothes be the way I’d like them to be, sometimes just for the fun of it!! Some of my sisters enjoy buying large shirts and inexpensively turning them into pretty, modest maternity shirts. Altering shirts, although at times can be very difficult, can also be fairly easy; thankfully altering this shirt was one of those times!
I’ve included before and after pictures of the shirt in this post. The “before” pics were from pictures that were taken last July/August. The bouquet was sweetly given to me by one of my sweet brothers.
Before 1. (this one shows a little bit of how loose the shirt was on me before being altered):
I have found it easiest to alter clothes if I figure out what I need to do with that specific piece of clothing, before beginning the alterations. It also helps to wear a shirt a few times before working on it, to decide what I don’t like and what I would like to change about it. Lately, I’ve realized that I don’t do so well trying to accomplish something if I do it on the fly, without having a “vision” of where and how I want to get there, before starting!!
First, I figured out how much I wanted to tuck the sides in, which for this shirt was a 1 1/2″ seam allowance equaling three-plus inches of material per side (I did a slightly larger seam allowance at the waist and armhole). Making the original armhole smaller, not only made it more comfortable, but I also have room to gather my sleeves, which I really like because it adds a more feminine touch. Then to start the process, I ripped out the seams that connected the sleeves to the shirt bodice and set the sleeves aside. Taking the bodice, I sewed the side-seams smaller and made sure that it fit well.
This picture was taken at that time, with a long sleeve cotton shirt under the bodice that I was working on.
Then I measured, and cut an excess amount of material off of the inside shoulder seam to make it fit me better. Generally, I cut the most amount of material off of the front seam of the arm-hole and a tiny bit on the top of the shoulder, but not on the back (to leave comfortable arm-moving room); it really depends on the shirt though and how it fits me. I think that for the next shirt I do, I will cut more off of the inside shoulder seam than I did for this shirt, leaving about 7 1/2″ inches for my shirts from the center seam (second button down) to the arm whole.
Here is a paint-job example of what I am referring to when I talk about cutting material off of the shoulder seam. This is more than what I cut off when I made this shirt, but is an example what I am talking about.
Because the shoulder was made for someone with larger shoulders than I, it buckled some. So, I ripped the seam out on the shoulder, peeled back the top layer that is for looks and worked on the two shoulder seams that really matter. After I measured by pinching the seam to the point that it fit best (about a 1/4″ seam on this shirt) at the arm-whole, I ripped the shoulder seam out. Then, I folded the middle layer over the bottom layer and sewed it, gradually (much like we do darts on the front and back bodices of our dresses) to the original point at the collar. This picture was taken at this time:
Then, I took the top layer, folded it down, and sewed it back onto the shirt. Taking the sleeves, I gathered them to fit the armhole, evened the gathers out while grouping most of them to the top of the shoulder, and sewed them back on.
Here are a couple more pictures of the outfit, completely finished. In the top photo I was wearing a pink headband. It is made of cotton binding, that I simply wrapped around my head and tied under my hair. These work really well, because they are slightly stretchy, so they are comfortable but they also do not fall off as easily. Then, my hair was pinned back with a Flexi Clip.
In this photo, I had my hair in a half French Twist and it was held by a Flexi Clip.
Be sure to listen to Yahweh’s voice, even while sewing! At times I am amazed with gratitude and wonder at my heavenly Father’s love and guidance that He gives, even as I do “tiny” things in life like sewing!! He is such a loving Father and God. At times, I am sewing something, like a sleeve onto a shirt, when I feel Him lay on my heart to stop. It is amazing when I stop and listen for the next command, asking Him what it is that He wants me to do; often I realize that it was for a great cause. Sometimes it is because I am sewing something wrong or the hard way, and other times it is because He uses that time to remind me that I had something else to do at that time, but had forgotten. Yahweh knows what is best; I just need to have listening ears, ready hands and a willing heart to hear and obey His voice!
I remember when I was wearing this skirt soon after getting it that it made me feel pretty and so feminine!! Have y’all noticed that the clothes, and shoes actually, that you wear affect how you feel and act as a woman? I’d enjoy hearing your experiences, if you’d like to share.
All in all, the skirt was given to me, the shirt was from a thrift-store (a favorite for me!) and it cost me about $3, the shoes were gotten on a Buy1 Get1 sale at Kmart for around $8-$10, the headband was extra cotton binding that we had on hand. The Heart Bouquet Flexi is a favorite of mine and cost $14.