Here is the Dress with Vest. It’s not finished, there are still a few safety pins holding the vest in place for pressing and I haven’t hemmed the sleeves, the skirt or added buttons yet. But for a day’s work, it’s not half bad. When it’s finished completely I’ll share a pic of me in it.
Here are Snood Pictures. Side, Back, & Front. After taking the pictures I realize it would be easier to see them if I wore a white snood, because the black snood blends in so much with my hair. Then I realized this is part of the reason I wear it, because it’s attracts less attention than some other styles I’ve tried.
I’ve been practicing biblical modesty and headcovering for about 7 years. Another lady on a Christian Message Board explained how she had started doing it. I was interested, asked her about it, and the Lord convicted me fast and hard. Within the week I was covering and have been ever since. I dont’ have other people around me who cover and my family is supportive of me either way, so I haven’t covered full time every single day since I discovered it. There have been weeks, and even a few months, when I layed aside the covering because it became too hard to wear. Soon enough though, the Lord has steered me back where He wants me to be and that means, undercover.
Last year I finally hit upon a covering style that I feel most comfortable in and can confidently wear anywhere I go. I’ll try to get some pictures of me in it today to share.
So while I’ve been wearing a headcovering, I’ve also been dressing modestly. Admittedly I have been frumpy at times. More by choice than anything else. I was very stylish as a young woman and a bit of frumpiness was good for me to cleanse out all the old flaky ideas I had about fashion.
While dressing modestly I’ve worn both store-bought and homemade dresses and jumpers. For many years my standard uniform was a jumper and 3/4-sleeve t-shirt or a blouse. I liked jumpers because they are attractive on my plus-size frame, and because they are simplicity itself to wear. Plus I get the versatility of a skirt, without the tight constriction of my waist, which I’ve found increasingly uncomfortable as I age. Additionally jumpers are an easy way to provide “Double Coverage” meaning a double layer over one’s baby-feeders specifically.
I’ve often admired other plain people’s “uniforms”, many of which you can find patterns for at Friend’s Patterns (look on the bottom left-hand corner for the word NEXT to go to the next page). I’ve tried patterns of this nature and they don’t exactly suit me. I’m not Amish. I’m not Mennonite, and dressing like them is sort of like presenting myself falsely. I’ve endeavored to find my own uniform of sorts, but never was really able to put my finger on it.
Seeing the FLDS ladies’ dress pattern I realized that they simply got together and chose a (mostly) universally flattering pattern and then made it their standard. I’ve tried this for myself with a couple of patterns in the past, 2 jumpers and 1 dress, but they never quite suited me. So the past few days I’ve been tossing around the idea of trying again, using what I’ve learned in the past about what I like to sew and what’s attractive on me. Now I’m trying a dress with an attached vest. It was a popular style in the 1990’s. I have a couple of these type patterns that I found by googling “Dress Vest Sewing Pattern” and evenutally came up with a few candidates. I bought them a few years back, thinking that some day I would give them a try. Well, now I am. Last night I cut out the fabric and today I intend to sew. I’ll post pic’s when I get it completed. For now, there is a similar pic (and pattern) at Elisabeth Lee Designs.
The only thing I’ve done so far is a lot of intellectual conjecture. The proof is in the pudding as they say. If I ever do settle upon a pattern I can use for a uniform I hope to make it in a variety of configurations and really make it my own.
My question is, does anyone else have a “uniform” or favorite pattern that they use day in and day out? How did you decide on it? If you cover, how did you coordinate your covering to your uniform? Do you prefer to wear store-bought (Good-will bought) items, or home sewn? Why? Also, does anyone else feel a longing for a plain uniform to set oneself apart from the crowd? Or is it easier to try to blend in most of time? Sometimes I find it easier to blend in as much as possible, but othertimes I long for my own plain, modest, uniform. Anyone else?
While I’m on the subject, does anyone know of a message board devoted to headcovering ladies? I know Prairie Homemaker has a lot of ladies who cover, but was wondering if there are any others? Thanks.