Monday, August 17, 2009
Before & After
We received a box of hand-me-downs from Joe's sister. Inside was this brand-new, boys (size 16 !), purple dress shirt. Immediately I knew that none of my boys would ever wear it, and it was placed in the donate pile.
While adding to our large donate pile on Friday (our monthly Purple Heart donation day), I saw it again and remembered this tutorial. I wasn't sure if it would work, being that it is a boys size 16 and well, I'm an almost-forty mother of six. I placed it back in the donate pile and immediately pulled it back out.
This time, I wasn't so much thinking about the peasant blouse. I was thinking about all those potentially size 16 boys that this shirt could harm. Some mother, some where, would see the shirt, still in its package, and think that it was a great deal for her son. With that in mind, I knew that I had to take this shirt out of circulation. It could not go to a thrift store to be bought by a well-meaning mother. It would not be fair to the boy. (I'm a mother of boys. I know these things.)
I decided to make a shirt and if I couldn't fit into it, I would give it to one of the 12- or 13-year-old girls that I teach in church.
Turns out ...