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Simplicity 2562



Tonight I cut out these pants sans cuffs in some navy blue cotton fabric for summer.


It's been a few months since I have sewn actual garments. I have been so blue over my mom's illness and death that I just didn't have the desire to really delve into sewing. But I'm feeling much better, and thanks to the encouragement and support of my friend, Angee, I'm back at it. Thank you, Girlfriend!


So what's up with the navy? A few disjointed facts about me.

  • Anyone who knows me knows I have become a very black & white girl. Black pants & white tops. I own about 20 white knit t-shirts, mostly from The Gap & Target.
  • I have always wanted to get my colors "done" by a professional. So I splurged with some of the money my mom gave me and did that. Whoa! What an eye opener. I'll talk more about my time with Nancy Nix-Rice in one or more other posts.
  • I need a whole new summer wardrobe. The recession has left my wardrobe in sad shape, especially for summer.

One of the things Nancy Nix-Rice does is help you shop your stash. So after the rude awakening that I need to change the color of all my clothes and banish both black & white from my closet, we spent an hour one afternoon choosing fabrics from my stash for a new summer wardrobe. I had so much fun! I learned so much! I had so much fun! Thus, navy is my new black. Thus, the first thing I am making is a pair of navy pants.


It felt so comfortable and comforting to be in my sewing room this evening, tracing the pattern, ironing the fabric, laying out everything and then cutting out the pants. I have a saying taped to my laptop—"My soul is fed by needle & thread." That is true. I feel calm, content and peaceful tonight.

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Comment by Pagan Reid on April 20, 2011 at 9:30pm
This is a fantastic story :] I'm glad you're finding comfort in the crafts. It's always a comforting and calming experience for me as well. And I love that saying!
Comment by Gloria Allender on April 20, 2011 at 2:43pm
Thank you everyone for the kind comments. This is such a supportive community. It's one of the reasons I love it.
Comment by jodijean on April 19, 2011 at 11:30pm
i'm so sorry to hear about your loss gloria, i've been struggling with a constant migraine since christmas and starting to sew again helped me to start to feel normal.  (not the same at all, i know)  i can't express myself any better than the way the other lovely ladies have ... but i'm glad you found a way to try to move on.  thank you for sharing that quote, i LOVE it!!  i just might have to post that in my studio.  keep on sewing sister!
Comment by Jamie Nunes on April 14, 2011 at 10:42pm
Welcome back Gloria.  The passing of a loved one takes us on such a difficult journey.  Out of that journey, we find that we see life through the lens of our connection to that loved one. Sometimes this might be with the feeling of loss, but many times it can be with a feeling of joy, gratitude, and, yes, peace.  May the sewing room always evoke wonderful feelings of connection to your mom and may you feel her loving presence everytime you wear the colors she gifted you. <3
Comment by Pam Sickles on April 14, 2011 at 8:13pm
I lost my 26 yr. old son 8 yrs. ago in September and the thing that really helped me was planting flowers. I made about 4 new flower beds and then when cold weather came I went to sewing. It is good to be able to do something you love and it does help the hurt to heal. Planting makes me feel so close to God and His comfort and healing love. Glad to hear you have found a way to help you overcome your loss! Prayers for your days to get brighter!
Comment by Sue Smith on April 14, 2011 at 10:38am
Another way of saying....Happiness is being in my sewing room. Glad you are beginning to mend. She would want that.
Comment by CoraKiceniuk on April 14, 2011 at 9:02am
Ah Gloria. As we all have loved and lost those we loved, one looses focus. You wander in a fog trying to find something to fill the void. We eventually realize being what made that loved one proud is the exact thing to fill the void. Though the loss never ends we find comfort in the good memories. She would have you continue with the life of the daughter she proudly raised. Sew on and do your momma proud.
Comment by Angee Barbe on April 14, 2011 at 8:51am

Words can not truly describe the kind of woman you are Miss Gloria.  You are an inspiration to me and to so many others.  If there was a bigger word with bigger meaning than amazing, I would use it to characterize you.  We are called upon to love and encourage one another.  That's really easy to do and seems like second nature when everything is all 'hunky-dorry'.  Its times when we see those we love and care for going through tough times that it seems even more difficult to show encouragement.  Why?  I don't have an answer.  But tough or not, it should be our mission to lift them up, love, comfort, strengthen, reassure and rouse that which sometimes hides deep within us when we are sad.  I only did for you what you do for me and that is to love.  You're awesome!

John 15:11
"I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father.

Comment by Mary Ann Brumfield on April 14, 2011 at 7:54am
Gloria, good for you! My Grandma from my fathers side loved to craft and sew.  I tinkered with her when she visited us in the summer and loved to watch her create.  She passed on when I was 20.  Now my Granny lived with us all her life and raised all seven of us.  When she passed in 1990 at the age of 91, I was overwhelmed with grief.  I couldn't cope at all and with five kids that was not an option.  Granny had given me a sewing box years before that sat on the top shelf of my closet for 8 or 10 years.  One day shortly after her death it fell off the closet and as I bent to pick it up, I heard my Grandma say 'Just sew, baby!'  I began to sew and I have been sewing since. Sewing helped me to heal from my loss and brought me closer to the ones I loved.  I feel that everything I am today was because of what these two women were and I am blessed to sew in their honor.  So keep it up and find peace in what you love.
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on April 14, 2011 at 7:43am
Great! Now get em'DONE! What style? Nave is so good and life-giving for you!
At least in the sewing room YOU are in control! Thanks for sharing.

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