Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finished Garments & Update on Snake Bite Victims

Happy Sunday friends,

I showed you the material I was working with last week for purposes of making dresses for my mom and two nightgowns (one for mom, one for me).  Now I'll show you the end products.

The first dress is a palm leaf print in shades of fuchsia and purple.  Originally I made it with a round neckline. But after trying it on I thought it would be uncomfortable for mom as I cut the dress a little too small. The width also seemed slightly too small.  So I ended up adding side inserts to make the dress fuller and decided to turn the neckline into a v-neck for greater comfort.  (I've mentioned before that I don't work with patterns. That always makes working on the necklines and sleeves a bit fiddly and I end up making a  lot of adjustments to make it all work.)

The second dress is a dark navy colour with slight striations of white or gray. The dress looks a bit "blah" but the material is very comfortable.  Mom doesn't like "blah" so I've decided to add a decorative design around the neckline in a coordinating shade of light blue for extra interest. The navy fabric had better stretch than the fuchsia and purple dress so I didn't need to add inserts.

The next two garments are nightgowns. The first one is a knit jersey in shades of "pinky" purple and gray.  I've never worked with it before and found it challenging to sew without everything puckering. It took some time to figure out what to do with the neckline. In the end I added a little bodice and neck backing (I copied one of my nightgowns). I don't have a serger so can't get that "neat and tidy" look. But none of my sewing is perfect anyway.  These days I'm okay with that.

When working with knits I've discovered one should sew with a stretch stitch or a small zig zag. I'm still learning my "newish" machine and it's functions.  I can never find my sewing machine manual so I used the small zig zag stitch because I knew how to set that one, lol.  After trying and failing to eliminate the puckering, I used my walking foot (which I purchased for quilting) to help feed the material (top and bottom) evening under the needle.  That helped a lot and I must try to remember this for next time.

The last night gown in shades of light gray and white, is for me. I'm  not sure what kind of fabric it is but it is very lightweight and perfect for hot, muggy summer days. I cut it a bit full but because the fabric doesn't stretch much.  It isn't baggy once on. 
I have enough fabric left to make a camisole and sleep shorts.
First I'll try using  the nightgown and see if it breaths before I make anything else out of the fabric.


I still have to modify the dress I showed in my last post (see photo below).
If I can find just the right fabric for a slip I might make one before I pay mom a visit. 
She is getting anxious for another visit soon.

To be modified.

Proverbs 31: 19-20
19  She layeth her hands to the spindle,
And her hands hold the distaff.
20  She stretcheth out her hand to the  poor;
Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 

I mentioned in my last post that Jonah of Missions of Hope, Kenya and a man from Pokot country in Kenya were both doing well post-snake bite.

In fact Jonah was released to go home though he had to return to the hospital a week later for check up.
The Pokot man was doing well after the graft surgery on his leg and ready for release about the time Jonah returned for his check-up.

That was about a week ago.

Now both of them are in hospital. 
Jonah was examined very thoroughly and underwent extensive testings of blood, urine and x-rays to examine organs and bones.
He had been having problems breathing and the tests established that his lungs are enlarged.  He is also experiencing joint pain.  The heart and lung specialist is considering surgery.
In the meantime he is on medication.

The Pokot man has regressed and is doing poorly.
He didn't have funds so was unable to undergo extensive examination or testing.

As of Friday the man has been thoroughly assessed.  The Eldoret doctors are waiting results and consultation with  doctors in Nairobi.

I've read on line that snake bite treatment is one of the most expensive things to treat in the USA once you are bitten by a poisonous snake as these men were.
The treatment and recovery period can be anywhere from a week to many months.
The health care in Kenya is also expensive.

Please keep both of these men in prayer.

We are grateful their lives were spared but now we pray for a quick(er) recovery
so they can get back to normal and have the stress behind them.

God bless.


EG CameraGirl said...

I think your mom will be very pleased with your handiwork!

Nancy Chan said...

All these dresses will definitely make your mom very happy and blessed.

Joanne Noragon said...

You are even braver than I am. I sew "without" patterns, too, but only after I have all the fiddlies figured out and I make a pattern I use over and over and over and over.

Linda said...

They are all lovely!

Jeanie said...

You have been incredibly busy and I am so impressed! Who couldn't feel happy in those wonderful colors?

Snakes totally freak me out. I will be thinking of your friends and hoping their recovery continues.

Jo said...

Oh wow, Penny. You are a master/mistress at your craft. Surely "layeth your hands to the spindle." I read the part of your post about the sewing with my mouth open; I'm so impressed and believe your mom will appreciate your loving handiwork too. Thanks for the update on Jonah and the other man with snakebites. Eldoret has excellent facilities and doctors and I pray they're both soon completely healed. Blessings Jo

Mereknits said...

Such sad news about these poor men, I am saying a prayer for both of them. You made some wonderful garments.

jabbott said...

My goodness your sewing skills are amazing. Your mum is lucky to have such a clever daughter x

ak_ut said...

great sewing work :-)
i really hope, these poor men are getting better soon!!!
happy week ❤

Mescrap said...

nice dresses for your mom and you, love it.
I pray for them for fast recovery.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the dresses look pretty, your Mom will be happy. I am sending my prayer for the snake bit evictim, I hope he recovers quickly. Happy February, enjoy your new week!

Stephanie said...

Well done on the dresses. Hope he recovers quickly.

Denise said...

lovely garments

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