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Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Quest Part 2 and Skirting Tuts

My quest for motherhood, began with my son in 1986 and it wasn't until 1996 our dream of completing our family with a sister named Kate was realized.  My story follows my short discussion on adding a lacy ruffle to fancy up your skirts and another Thrift Pile skirt redo tutorial.

I am a confirmed lace-aholic, I have lots of it thoughout my home, in the form of doilies and linens, and whenever possible, I like to add it to my clothes. I purchased this sheer poly/nylon  rows of ruffles fabric, 3 years ago in the garment district in NY City. I love the look of a petticoat layer peeking out from under skirts, gives it a girly look and adds some inches when I feel the skirt show too much of my crinkled knees. I simply cut the fabric in strips following the lines of the ruffles. I then add this to the underskirt, or directly on to the edge of the skirt. No finishing needed, the fabric has a knit like quality so it doesn't ravel.  I remember the fabric being around $10.00 a yard but I felt I could get alot of trim out of it for all my projects. The second last pic shows an application of a layer of straight eyelet. Here are some examples.

Included in my thrift pile (mentioned in the previous post) is a sparkly pale green cardigan sweater, that I may delay changing till fall, it is so pretty without altering...but there are 3 skirts of varied sizes, destined for myself and daughter. Attacking the tiered black and beige one my daughter claimed first. 

1.  The Before picture, the skirt was cute, I believe a Mossimo size medium, from Target. 3 tiers, and lined with a layer of black cotton, it was cute but daughter didn't like that it was below her knees or that it was too big.

2.The skirt was an elasticized waist that was stretched out.  I simply cut a piece of  wide elastic, the measurement of my daughter's waist, and after altering, attached to the flirty skirt. (I purchased the 3 inch wide elastic from an etsy seller as I have not seen this type of wide elastic at JoAnns.) The picture shows me cutting a few inches off the top of the skirt, serging the two layers together, or zigzagging, as long as you keep the two layers even.

3. I placed marker pins equally spaced around the elastic, to help match up the side seams and evenly distribute the gathers by marking off in matching increments, so that the gathers are nicely distributed.

4.  I stitched two rows of gathers along the top below the serged edge. Pull the gathers gently.
5. I stitched the elastic, right side to wrong side of waistband. Voil'a. No hemming needed, it is already done for you. Took all of 25 minutes from start to finish!

6.  After most of the skirt is attached, I took the garment out of the machine, and pinned the two cut edges of the elastic together, stitched at a slight angle, wider towards the skirt, narrower towards the top of the waistband, and then finger pressed open.  I then finished attaching the skirt, to the elastic.

Kate is modeling for me reluctantly, as she didn't want to change her top to make this photo more attractive.. oh well...

This purchased skirt retailed over $25.00, bought on sale, my redo cost around $5.00!
The polka dot skirt will be demonstrated next post, so watch for it. 

I picked up the blogging bug right after I started my own etsy shop in fall of 2008, and I have become so addicted to writing and showing off what I make and learn as I go through life.  Having followers who read and try my stuff is a real honor and motivation to keep it going.  I just "curated a treasury" for etsy.  The link is here.  I met some nice ladies and even helped sell the table cloth pictured!  I was kind of eyeing it for myself, but I am sure she will find me another...:)

My Quest for Motherhood, Part 2
Well as promised, here goes my story of my second child through adoption, Katerina. For the years following my son's birth and childhood, I harbored the dream of having a sibling for him.  When my son was 7th months old, I amazingly got pregnant and lost it around 6 weeks. Carrying a child, if I could get pregnant again would be difficult according to the specialists.   I wasn't ready to give up, so I continued my pursuit of a pregnancy, enduring more laproscopies and surgery for endometriosisFibroids were my new enemy.  Treating these didn't help me much, and the anemia I developed in my late 30's definately brought with it debilitating new problems, including a diagnosis of lupus.  When my doc finally agreed a hysterectomy was in order, I felt relief, but I wasn't giving up on adoption.  We contacted an agency in Columbus that pairs birth parents with adoptive parents.  Early in our application process, the agency was seeking a home for a pregnant teen who needed housing while she waited for her child to be born and placed.  We cleared out a spare bedroom and welcomed her.  I was working part time then, and it was nice to have a "nanny" who could help out a bit in exchange for room and board. She made it clear to me that she was choosing a couple for her child that were both doctors.  She wanted a home where the child would want for nothing!  When her labor began, I accompanied her to the hospital and sat with her as she gave birth.  I didn't get to see the baby arrive, her mother had come up from southern Ohio to be with her.  She went through with her choice of family, and I was devastated that she had gotten to know us but didn't feel we were the right family for her child.  Not too long after this, another birth mom had selected our resume from a big pile, and wanted to meet us.  It was spring time, blossoms were just budding, the colors never looked so beautiful to me as we drove to Columbus.  I was so excited to meet her and I the social worker take our picture with her. About 2 weeks later, we were told she had gone into labor, but the cord had wrapped around the baby girls' neck, and it was stillborn.  We had the nursery all ready for this little one, and I so hoped it was a girl.  I grieved quietly for the child and her brave birth mom, and closed the nursery door with all the baby stuff still with receipts on it,  mocking me and my dream.  I later developed that picture, and there were swirly white lights emanating from around the girl's abdomen.  It was so erie to see this, it seemed like a premonition.

Months went by, my 40th birthday came and went, and our home study's expiration date of November 30th was looming.  To renew our home study would have meant alot of hastle and more money, and we were slowly letting go of trying.  Two events seemed very telling in hindsight, but I so believe in miracles, I know there was one brewing for us...I attended a mother's prayer group  that fall and I know it was early November, when I blurted out to everyone that we were hoping for another child, but my time was running out.  The group of 10 women ferverently prayed for me, and comforted me as I tearfully relayed what had happened earlier in the year.  That following week, I was in church, with my family.  When baptisms are done in our church, the pastor baptizes in the front and then walks to the congregation, and hands off the child for a few minutes to acknowledge we all are involved in the faith walk of our children. Moments before he walked up the aisle, a shaft of light shone on the child's head.  It was blindingly bright.  I felt God's presence..  And the next moment the pastor handed me the child and allowed me to briefly talk into the microphone.  I gasped and said I was so honored to be picked and I was waiting for a second child to adopt.  I burst into tears, I am sure that he felt I was a little wacky.  I know I can't explain those moments, but I felt prayer being answered, even though I had no way to know about the next event.  Exactly 2 weeks later, my hubby and I had a business trip to NYC, and the Monday afterwards, I got a phone call, and the social worker asked if I would like to pick up my daughter on Wednesday!  Turns out just 2 weeks before, our birth mother had picked our resume and had made a birth plan for our family to adopt her soon to be born daughter. (Amazingly our home study was to expire just 4 days later.)

I screamed loudly, and my 10 year old son standing near by, grasped what it was that made me so happy.  We jumped up and down together, and made plans to scrap making Thanksgiving dinner that week for the joy of welcoming our daughter.  Wednesday, we made the short trip to a local social workers house, where we met Katerina for the first time. 

At the social workers home, our first glimpse of Katerina!

Wow, I have never been so sure of my God that in those heady days that followed.  We had our Thanksgiving week, and boy did we ever give thanks!  Family members brought us our dinner on Thursday and took turns visiting her and bringing gifts.  I have worn a small cross, with a tear drop rhinestone ever since, as I renewed my life to Christ in total gratitude. Those early years saw me alot more active in my church, first volunteering in the nursery, and later as she passed through preschool, leading to a position as a Preschool Sunday School Supervisor, a job that kept me close to my support and faith. I continue to volunteer for nursery greeter and sometimes supervisor, so I can continue to get my fix of the babies and their young families.  I actually have an interview on Monday of this week, to discuss getting back onto staff, maybe this time as a ministry assistant.  Pray for the right opportunity for me, it is in God's hands as always!
My daughter and her friend Madi on their way to their first fancy dance, at church!
And first high heels!!!!

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