Sunday Bests // Red, White, Blue, and Red

Hello friends! It’s the dawn of a fresh new week and time for Sunday Bests!

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This outfit is so much fun to wear! It’s the first time I’ve worn it because I just finished sewing it the night before! Yes, you heard me right! I finally completed a sewing project. I say it like this because I’ve been known to start multiple sewing projects and then set them aside to finish later, which almost never happens. But this time I did it, and am so happy with the way it turned out!

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The blue denim fabric was once my Great Aunt’s. When it was given to me, I knew exactly what I wanted to make – this skirt.  The entire outfit was comprised of a red hat, white sweater, blue skirt, and red shoes (hence the post title).

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I used a vintage skirt pattern, added the two straps, and made them cross in the back like a 1940s school uniform.

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Here are my newest shoes! They’re almost identical to my blue ones!

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I ran into many problems making this skirt. I messed up the cutting three times, miscalculated the amount of fabric I had and ran out, and had to resew many pieces for the lack of noticing that the bobbin had run out of thread. But now that it’s finished and wearable, I can’t help but to be proud of it. Sewing is remarkable to me. To hold a piece of fabric and then create an article of clothing to wear is quite satisfying; almost like after finishing a painting to display on the wall, performing a hard dance step, or reaching a high vocal note in a choir. I’ve noticed that the satisfaction of accomplishing our personal goals can let us forget the hardships we confronted on our way to victory.

The many mistakes I made in the process of sewing this skirt were indeed my own fault, but I’m not sorry I continued to sew and eventually finish the skirt. I mustn’t dwell on the mistakes I’ve made, nor be forever ashamed of them. This applies to more than just sewing. We can relate it to our lives.

Dwelling on the mistakes we’ve made in the past is a sure way to dampen our daily attitude and make us feel shameful, but there is something that can free us of feeling this way! Isaiah 43:18 says “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” KJV. This verse tells us to stop worrying about the past and to forget about our mistakes. Now this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t learn from our mistakes nor acknowledge them. It does mean that we should stop worrying about the things past us and look to the future. We need to remember the victories and goals that God has helped us accomplish throughout our lives.

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Just like I made mistakes while sewing this skirt, I make mistakes in life. We must all choose to first learn from our mistakes, and then let them go. God is a forgiving God, and His Word tells us to be relieved of our burdens of guilt from the past. We can feel free and new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” KJV

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Skirt // sewn by me

Sweater // thrifted

Shoes // Old Navy (clearance)

Hat // thrifted

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“Do you like sewing things to wear, too?”

“Is there a mistake from the past that is worrying you?”

“What helps you to forget the past?”

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Winter in the Woods

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Hello friends! It’s time for Sunday Bests once again, a series about my church outfits! Today consisted of 18-degree weather in my snow-covered world, mittens, thick stockings, and a new kindred spirit! First, let me show you a bit of my outfit!

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Waltzing in the Wintery Woods

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(If you notice, both my jacket and bag are pieces from my

Civil War outfit, which you can see here!)

I’ve been yearning to wear these wonderful garments together to church for such a long time, but had to work up the courage to do so. You see, I had once worn my Civil War attire to church last year because we were heading to a reenactment right after the service. Although many people had expressed how remarkable and surprising my outfit was, I also had received some odd looks, as expected! So I was a little weary of fashioning another completely historical outfit today.

My Grandmom told me that I looked like I had stepped out of the Little House on the Prairie, which I took as a great compliment! But here was my dilemma – I planned to attend an event in town after church and was debating wearing my Laura Ingalls ensemble or a chic modern outfit for the event. After all, I had misplaced the shirt I had wanted to wear with my prairie outfit, so I would have to wear my second choice. Nevertheless, the prairie outfit won the silent election.

After the church service, I attended the afternoon event and watched the people around me. Everyone was styling something new and modern, as I had predicted. But then something familiar caught my attention. It was a pair of shoes! They were the same style as my blue ballet shoes that I have and wore in this post!

The shoes I saw were worn by a girl my age who also wore a smile. I wanted to go tell her that I liked her shoes and that I had the same ones in blue and had just gotten them in red as well. My nerve hadn’t collected before it was time to move along. It wasn’t until she came up to me and told me that she liked my shoes that we actually spoke! She went on to say how she loved vintage fashion and was even designing her own 1920s style dress! An instant bond was secured and I instantly gained a kindred spirit! I told her how I felt unsure about my outfit choice for the day, but she replied saying that I shouldn’t be! Just then she had reminded me of something that I had failed to remember – that our own passions shouldn’t be disregarded just because of what others may think! My passion is vintage and historical fashion, and I shouldn’t change that for anything! If I hadn’t worn this outfit today, I probably would not have met my new friend!

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It wasn’t just a happy accident that I made a new friend today. I believe that God placed us both there for a reason. Meeting someone who shares your own passions is so exciting! But, it was more than that. It made me think of many things that I had forgotten.

Here’s a list.

  • We are each special and given a unique and personal style that no one else can claim.
  • We shouldn’t change our style, even temporarily, to satisfy someone else.
  • Even if our outfit isn’t perfect, (like me not having the right shirt) God can still use our clothing in a special way. It can open doors to friendships and opportunities, as the clothing we wear represents us and who we are.
  • Being bold and speaking with others is much better than being shy and missing out on the friendships that God has provided.

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So to sum up this gathering of new thoughts that have flooded my mind, I leave one last note that I will always keep in my heart.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” KJV

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P.S. Thank you, Olivia for inspiring me to be bold and not fear what others may think! You are a very special person who has helped me in my journey, even if we only spoke for 5 minutes!

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Skirt // thrifted

Shirt // thrifted

Jacket // thrifted

Shoes // thrifted

Bag // thrifted

Mittens // Target

Stockings // Boscov’s

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Would you wear this outfit to church?

Has God ever used your clothing choices in a special way?

 Do you think that being bold about friendships is better than being shy?

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Megan Joy

Civil War Ensemble Preview

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share a tiny preview of what my fall and winter Civil War ensemble looks like. It is far from perfect yet and I have a lot of re-sewing and modifying to do, but I just did a small photo shoot anyway.

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I love this decorative trim along the skirt! It matches one of my hats perfectly and adds some color to the yards and yards of plain green fabric.

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I didn’t spend a lot of time doing my hair, so it wasn’t historically correct. But with hair as long as mine, it takes a long time to make it stay up! Even with a head full of bobby-pins it’s still a challenge!

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Skirt: The Gettysburg Emporium

Shirt: Reenactment sutler

Hoop: handmade

Jacket: thrifted

Bag: thrifted

Shoes: thrifted

Cape: old

Petticoat: handmade

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“Do you go to Civil War reenactments?”

“Do you like historical or vintage clothing best?”

“I’d love to hear what you guys think about my fall/winter outfit in the comments!”

Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // A Tad 1950s

Hello again! I’m back for Sunday Bests, a series filled with the outfits I wear to church. Last week was crazy and brimming with things to do! Haven’t we all had those days when we wake up and the only thing that gets out us of bed is the thought that we can get back in it after 16 hours of “life.” I find that when my schedule is overflowing, one of the first things to float away is time to put together a great outfit. I managed to piece this outfit together 20 minutes before we had to leave for church, and loved it so much that I wore it all day! In my neck of the woods, Fall has finally arrived and has chilled the air down to coat temperature, so this outfit kept me nice and warm.  Without further ado, here is a tad 1950s outfit!

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I love all the accessories that go with this outfit! The scarf, pin, and belt completes the Laverne and Shirley look. After a Sunday night bluegrass concert, we stopped at McDonalds for drinks. I’m not joking when I tell you that “Rock Around the Clock” was playing as we sipped our sodas! I just wasn’t brave enough to get up and start a jive 🙂

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I’m actually wearing my belt inside out and backwards. I didn’t have a black belt so I took one with bright red Chinese dragons on it and turned it inside out and used the black side, putting the jeweled buckle in the back which was covered by my hair. (Another good reason for long hair!)

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It’s just lovely when you walk into your Sunday School room and find a table full of flowers to take home! This bunch matched the band around my sleeves and my coat buttons wonderfully! To me, flowers are more than just some extra color. Flowers are happiness!

Little yellow flowers

Dancing in the breeze

Little yellow flowers

Huddled round the trees

Little yellow flowers

Seemed to know my pain

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In my mem`ry will remain

Valerie Dohren

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Today was a 1950s day, with lovely flowers, a bluegrass concert, and a Happy Days enthused McDonald’s visit! Can Sundays get any more interesting?

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Skirt: thrifted

Sweater: thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Pin: thrifted

Scarf: My mom’s

Belt: thrifted

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Do you like the 1950s styles and TV shows?

Do you see flowers as more than just some extra color?

Do you have any useful clothing hacks?

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Megan Joy