This skirt has a unique place in my sewing repertoire as the first real sewing pattern I have created myself. At some point in the future, the pattern will be available for sale in my Etsy shop, but there is still a lot of work yet to be done to accomplish that goal.
There are so many different ways to name a sewing pattern: a simple number/letter code, fancy names, personally significant names, name contests, and so on. When I was nearly finished with the working model of this pattern, my mom and I went and volunteered for Show Hope at a Steven Curtis Chapman concert. Show Hope has several care facilities in China to care for orphans needing medical attention that they won't be able to receive in the government orphanages. Show Hope also works to give financial aid to adopting families. I have several adopted siblings, and we are personally grateful for this work of Show Hope. Volunteering at that concert revived the passion that I have for orphans. I knew I wanted to model the skirt with the concert tour t-shirt, and so the name was chosen.
There are so many problems in the world today that are worthy of a Christian's attention and require their attention and aid. The two areas that God has more prominently called my attention to are orphan care and the lives of the unborn. I think it more likely that I will be actively involved with orphan care and pro life work than many other issues out there. Not that these other issues are not worthy of my attention, they certainly should receive consideration in my prayers, but I think God places specific things on my heart for a reason. The apostle Paul talks in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 about spiritual gifts and that all are not given the same gift for otherwise where would the other parts of the body be? I think the same holds true in involvement with charities. If we all do one thing, who would care for the rest? Nor can we do everything. My prayer is that I am able to make a difference in maybe one area or two for the glory of God, but that at the same time I also lift up before God other issues and pray that He would send workers to take His truth into those areas.This world will never be perfect marred with sin as it is and filled with sinful humanity, but I do believe that Christians have a responsibility to apply the Gospel to the world.
I know this is much more philosophical than I normally am, but these ideas are now so inextricably linked to this skirt that I just had to share my thoughts. If you want to see more about the process of this skirt project, the links to the posts are below.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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