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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Turning Bad to Good
By Esther Phillips


My mother told me a story of a time when I was a small child that she made a complete snowsuit for me. My grandfather had purchased an adult coat at a rummage sale for 25 cents for the snowsuit since I didn‘t have anything warm to wear. My mother had the knack of being able to see something ready-made and she could make her own pattern and duplicate it. She found a picture in a Montgomery Ward catalog and proceeded to make it for me. She said numerous people wanted to know where she got that cute snowsuit.

I began learning to sew when I was in Junior High. I didn’t think I would ever master the skill. In fact, I remember a dress I was making for Easter that I put the sleeve in backwards three different times! The first two times, I patiently ripped out the threads but when I did it again on the third time, I just threw the whole thing in the corner and said, “I’ll never sew again.”

My mother let it lie where I had thrown it for several days. Then one day, she came in and said, “Don’t you think it is time to pick that dress up and finish it?”

I defiantly replied, “I can’t sew and I’m not going to try putting that sleeve in again.”

Mother said, “If you will rip out the threads one more time, I’ll help you put it back in the right way.” With that encouragement and her patience, I managed to complete the dress and I was ever so proud to wear it to church on Easter.

I continued on with sewing and fell in love with the craft. I made most of my own clothes and all my daughter’s clothes. In fact, when she was young, all the little girls in the neighborhood would gather together to divide up her clothes when she outgrew them. It was like a party.

I mastered the skill of sewing to the point that I have made prom dresses, bridal attendant dresses, and men’s shirts and pants. I also have made things for the home like quilts and curtains. My ability to sew became a source of income for me, too.

Sewing goes back all the way to Adam & Eve. You can read it in Genesis 3:6-7, (NIV) “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

If Adam and Eve hadn’t disobeyed, they wouldn’t have known they were naked and sewing would probably never have been invented. Sometimes it is hard to find good things that come out of bad situations. I’m glad this bad situation brought about sewing.

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Donna Emery03/02/07
A very nice story. This is clearly written and I love the interaction between mom and daughter. Nice work
Mo 03/02/07
The hand-me-down neighborhood party made me smile. How talented you must be!
Michelle Burkhardt03/05/07
Cute ending to support your title. Nice job.