I shouldn’t have even looked. But it was wooing me with its enticing pictures. I had overcome the temptation many times before, resisting its powerful allurement. But I confess, this time I became entangled by its unyielding grip, and with just a few easy clicks of PayPal, I made a purchase from the LTD Commodities catalogue. Yes…that catalogue that offers personalized bobble heads, tacky beer steins on one page and “Smile, Jesus Loves You” plaques on the next. The subject of my downfall? A sweatshirt.
It just looked so cozy. The pretty model was standing inside a log cabin, coffee mug in hand, fire crackling in the background, and not a care in the world. I looked, I longed, I coveted, and I purchased.
I’m so ashamed.
The day it came in the mail, I ripped open the package and tried it on. To my great disappointment, I felt not even a sense of comfort or carefree. I didn’t even want to go sit and have a cup of coffee in a cozy log cabin, because it was so incredibly uncomfortable (not to mention highly unflattering). Though it was roomy in the middle, it cinched up at the bottom around my hips (not something I want to accentuate). Have a look for yourself:
It just wasn’t going to work. In public, or behind closed doors. So I decided to take a pair of scissors to it.
I purchased some jersey-knit chevron fabric. I’d never sewn with jersey-knit material before; it had always made me a little nervous, so I thought now was a great time to try since it wouldn’t have been a big deal if it didn’t turn out (after all, it couldn’t get much worse at this point.)
I started by cutting the seems on each side of the sweatshirt.
Ahhhh…it’s starting to feel better already. After I cut it, I measured out where I wanted the chevron to show, made the marks, and cut the triangle shape.
From here I laid the chevron underneath to make sure the pattern would be centered.
I marked a half inch in for my seam allowance at the bottom on both sides and at the top.
Then I used my ruler to mark the triangle shape to cut out. (Be sure to allow enough room at the bottom for a nice hem.)
Once I cut the triangle out, I laid it on the fabric next to the “hole” I had just cut and used that as a pattern to cut the next piece
After this, I pinned it, sewed the seams and the hem…
…and I was all done!
YAY! Cozy. 🙂
Sinking Down Deep
It’s not uncommon for me to make a rash decision or a foolish choice. Sometimes, I just get swept up in the moment. But as I was working to make this silly sweatshirt into something not only usable, but also with hopes that it’d be a little less ugly, I couldn’t help but think of God’s patient work in me. That in all of my foolishness, or deceitfulness, or hypocrisy, He will never deny me when I come to him in repentance and longing for change. His desire is to make me into what I was intended to be: His image bearer.