Little Fingers of Life

Waiting in the midst of the unknown

We always seem to be waiting for something. Waiting for an upcoming trip, waiting for wpid-20150409_180309.jpgthe kids to take a nap, waiting for a baby to be born, waiting for food to cook, just endlessly waiting and wondering. With that waiting often comes anxiety.

For many of us at the seminary this spring is a very suspenseful waiting time. We await vicarage placement or call night. Waiting to find out where our husbands will be serving in the future, what state we’ll be moving to. Wondering if he’ll serve in a team ministry in a large city or a dual-parish in a tiny town. How far will we be from family? Not even knowing when we’ll be moving or if we’ll need to find housing before we can start. So many unknowns and waiting and anxiety.

It’s so easy to wonder about these things and forget that there’s already a plan laid out before us. That our needs and complaints are known and heard and ultimately already taken care of. All our anxiety is wrapped up in Christ’s arms and He assures us we belong to Him.

The other evening after dinner during our devotions we were singing the hymn I Know That My Redeemer Lives and the 4th stanza really stood out to me as a wonderful comfort in this time of waiting.

“He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with His eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.”

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Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Maxi skirts are comfy,flattering on most body types, and flexible enough to accommodate a “flexible” belly. I fell in love with Maxi skirts after my 2nd baby was born and nothing fit anymore. My maternity clothes were to big and my pre-pregnancy clothes continue to sit in a box neglected and lonely. I’ve slowly made my way down a couple sizes since my child was born, but still not able to squeeze into those pre-pregnancy jeans. And yet my trusty maxi skirts have lasted this full year post-baby and still fit as comfortable and flattering as ever. Now how my baby boy is already a year old and trying to stand on his own is beyond me. Surely he was just born a month ago, right? I digress.

Knit, knit, and more knit. Ok, so knit is just a comfortable, stretchable, breathable, wonderful fabric to wear, now I want to make them all the time!

What you’ll need:
Tape Measure
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Pen and Paper
Knit Fabric- Approx 2 yards, depending on measurements
Cutting Matt- Optional but well worth it.

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Start by measuring your waist where you want the skirt to sit. My waist is currently 42 inches. Divide this by 2. That left me with 21*.

Then, determine how long you want your skirt. Measure from your waist to this point. This is how long you’ll want the skirt. I went with 34inches and it worked out nicely on me. If you plan to hem add about 1/2in for Misc. April 2015 1043

To leave plenty of room for freedom of movement I added 10 inches onto the waist measurement for the bottom. I think this is essential with children. You can do a little less or a little more. 10 was great for me.

To make the sides even I folded in half, divided width measurements by 2 again, and cut at an angle for the length, as shown above Cut 2.

Then cutMisc. April 2015 1044 your waistband. Determine how tall you want the waistband and double it, I started with 6 inches, leaving enough for a 3in waistband. The width will be the same as the waist measurements, so 21 for me. Cut 2 of these as well.
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Pin your skirt pieces, right sides together, and sew up the sides. Repeat with the waistband. Don’t catch the very edge of the fabric, your machine will eat it. I like to use a 3/8in seam allowance.

Fold the waistband in half, wrong sides together, pin the waistband piece, folded in half, to the skirt piece RIGHT sides together, matching up seams, all the way along the waist. Then sew together, I recommend a stretch stitch, I used my zig zag stich. This helps maintain the stretch in the waist while holding securely.

Or pin it the wrong way and have to seam rip or cut it all out, I opted for cutting after attempting to seam rip unsuccessfully and just ended up with a shorter waistband.

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Don’t do this!

You can hem if you want, but since it’s knit it won’t fray so I skipped the hemming step, mostly because I’m to lazy time efficient to do extra unnecessary work.

*If you’re fabric is super stretchy and thin you’ll want to reduce the width of the skirt by about an inch. Mostly I recommend using a higher quality knit though.

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Completed maxi skirt

What’s your favorite style skirt?

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