I’ve been busy this summer with a project that my brother-in-law refers to as project “Big Love.” Why Big Love? Because when I took over his (and my sister’s) basement to cut out sixteen school dresses for the girls (of which I did ask permission) he thought that perhaps I was planning to clothe the children of a small communal living community.
I know it may sound old fashioned but I love the process of sewing. Even when the project has taken a month from the first cut…
to an afternoon my step mom devoted herself and serger to help me. Loree I’m so thankful for you and stand in awe of the way you put the peddle to the metal!
And the weekend of 32 button holes that nearly channeled my inner sailor.
Many have asked why? The answer to BIG LOVE… out of BIG LOVE for my family. I’ve done it out of LOVE for the girls to teach the value of making something from scratch with our own hands. LOVE for my husband and his request to stick to a budget — yes, this project has been kind to our school clothes budget. And, the LOVE of a tradition that has been in my family for decades. My mother made our clothes for years, when I sew I feel close to her (she lives 120 miles away) and the memories of my childhood that are very special to me. Others have asked, “What about your time, isn’t that valuable?” Yes, my time is valuable and if you add up the hours the dresses would be very expensive. However, it is my time that actually saved the money and this is where I had to get over the desire to preserve my time to model behavior that is gracious to our family budget.
So all in all, BIG LOVE has been a BIG Blessing to me and my family that I LOVE with all of my heart! Sixteen hems and 32 buttons to be sewed on and I will hang up this BIG project with LOVE in the girls’ closets. Oh what a sweet sixteen moment that will be!