Q&A Wednesday: Why Big LOVE?!

by Mindy Lockard on August 25, 2009

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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…

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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!

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And the weekend of 32 button holes that nearly channeled my inner sailor.

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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!

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meredith 08.26.09 at 5:28 am

I truly can not wait to see your labor of LOVE.
I so wish my mom and I sewed together. I don’t even know how to thread a machine.
Well done…your girls are so fortunate to have you!!

admin 08.26.09 at 5:52 am

Thank you Meredith! Truly. I can’t wait to show my labor of love… can’t wait.

Preppy 101 08.26.09 at 9:22 am

I hope you will post pictures of this project! You are awesome! xoxo

The Consummate Hostess 08.26.09 at 6:00 pm

I think that this is fantastic and wonderful thing to do for your family. I do hope that you post images of your creations, I would love to see. Good luck with the rest of your projects!

Caitlin 08.26.09 at 8:06 pm

I agree! Can’t wait to see pictures of the creations!

Libby 08.26.09 at 8:46 pm

I canned beans with my daughter and mother today. My Mom sewed all of my school clothes when I was little… unfortunately, I didn’t inherit that ability, but being able to share my love for growing, harvesting, and canning your own food was really special for me. Yes.. we could buy a can at Safeway, but the lessons learned and time we spent doing it together were invaluable.

Holly c 10.26.09 at 12:13 pm

Hi Mindy, I’m just catching up with all this and envy you being able to make dresses for your girls, My own mother did this for me growing up, as you know I have 4 boy’s and they won’t wear dresses but maybe some day I’ll have grandbaby girls to sew for.
would love to see your creations,

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