GRIEF, COVID19 & SEWING
Happy Resurrection Day! As I sit here on my sofa, writing this post, the day before Easter, I can’t help but think about the state of the world at this time. It has been over a month since I last wrote a blog post and things have changed drastically since then.
We’re all isolating in our homes to stay safe from COVID19, a virus that has claimed the lives of thousands of people all over the world. I didn’t really know how to start this blog post or what I should talk about, so I’ll just share my heart.
For the last three weeks or so, I’ve been feeling kind of off but wasn’t able to put a finger on why. I read a statement from a devotional and then it came to me: April was coming, the month that my husband died two years ago.
Once I had that awakening, a sense of relief washed over me because then I understood why I was feeling so melancholy. As I allowed reality to sink in, I gave myself permission to just BE and stopped trying to force myself to do ANYTHING.
With the realization that my grief is heavier at this time of year, comes peace. All I need to do right now is take care of Anita and allow this wave to run its course. The HEALING is taking place as I endure the process.
As we remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the midst of a pandemic, I’m reminded of His words to us. He says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus overcame so that we can overcome. We will get through this together. We shall overcome.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
I haven’t felt like SEWING for myself much lately but I did make masks to donate to those in need and my family. I used Mimi G Style’s pattern and video tutorial. It’s a very quick and easy sew. I love the coverage they provide. After running out of elastic, I started using a 45″ length of purchased single fold bias binding. A nurse told me the proper way to wear the mask is with the tie on top of the head, but I prefer my tie at the bottom. You can also make your own bias binding or use knit fabric strips. There are tutorials on YouTube. These masks help prevent touching the face. They DO NOT protect against the COVID19 virus.
MCCALL’S 6884 WRAP DRESS
I made this McCall’s 6884 Wrap Dress, View B (Out-of-Print) the first week of March and wore it to a bridal shower for one of the young ladies I’ve mentored over the years. It looks amazing paired with this lovely coral cable knit that I purchased from Joann Fabrics about a year ago (no longer available).
I cut a size 12 on top, graded to size 14 at the hips, and added 6″ to the hem to lengthen for my comfort. The entire dress, with the exception of the hems, was sewn on my Baby Lock Vibrant Serger. I used a twin needle and my Baby Lock Soprano for the hems.
I purchased the hat from Nordstrom Rack about a year ago and it turned out to be a great match. The shoes are for show only. I can’t wear pointed toe shoes anymore, unless I’m sitting. LOL! It’s too bad because I have a closet full of these pumps in different colors. Looks like I’ll be doing a whole bunch of sitting, until I decide to get rid of the shoes.
We’ve had a lot of rain here lately, so I took advantage of the beautiful sunshine today and had a photo shoot. It really felt good to be out taking photos again.
Maybe I’ll wear the dress while I sit on the sofa at home listening to the Resurrection message. We shall see.
Are you working from home? How are you coping with isolation?
Have a beautiful day with your family and please stay safe. Happy Easter! He is Risen! Jesus is Alive!
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!