Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Sunshine and SFD Knit Top

Thank God for the sunshine today!!!  It has been cloudy for over a week here, and I need sunshine for motivation.  We have had a lot of rain, and I'm thankful for that, but we could use a break now. 

Rev. Hagee was on the mark this morning -- as always.  He talked about the downfall of the Huge Roman Empire and how all that is going on in America right now is exactly the same as what happened way back then.  Our freedom of religion is being taken away right before our eyes, and Christians are just sitting back thinking it's no big deal.  Well, THIS Christian isn't!  I want to do SOMETHING, but I don't know HOW or WHAT I can do other than pray.  Our young people are so ignorant of everything except, "I'm going to do it MY way, and nobody is going to tell me I can't."

My daughter -- raised in the church and very familiar with scripture -- said this to me several years ago when she left her husband to look for a more exciting love life:

"Mom, I can't go to church because I know God will convict my heart and tell me to go back to my husband."

My response was:  "So, you think you know better what is right for your life than Almighty God does!?"

At least, I didn't feel like quite such a failure as a Mother.  I figured if she wouldn't even listen to God, than who did I think I was to expect better than He got.

So extremely sad.  Hagee said that George Washington said that America would never survive if it wasn't governed by principles of the Bible.  Well, here we are, my friends.  Over 50% divorce rate even in the church, and a huge percentage of young people living together and having children with no marriage at all.  The family structure is what makes a country strong.  Values at home -- values in government.  Pretty simple.  The things our congressmen do and get away with are things dirty books are written about.  And the mass murder of unborn children.  How does God watch it and allow it?  I wonder if He regrets giving us free will.  And, of course, I know the answer to that.  God doesn't think like I do.  Without free will, we don't have a CHOICE as to whether to love him or not.  Love without choice, is not love.

Okay.  That's it for today's recap.

I have my brand new slinky top on today.  It feels so soft and silky on my skin.  No rubby places.  It was NOT easy to sew.  Especially, the neckline.  I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out as good as it did.  I think the BEST solution for sewing on this water-like fabric is to have the single hole feed dog cover plate.  I don't have one for the machine I was using, so I am going to go on line to see if I can find one.

This top was made using my Sure-fit Designs KNIT blueprint.  I removed the large bust dart and put in a French Dart.  Here is a picture of the paper pattern showing the change.  I actually left in the waist darts for extra fullness, and that worked out fine. 

Notice how I cut out the innards of the large  French dart and made seam allowances for it.  You don't want all that extra fabric in there.

I really like the way this dart looks compared to the bust dart.  This one almost just disappears.

It just so happens that Glenda Sparling of Sure-Fit Designs has a new video I've not seen before called "How to Perfect the Dart Cutting Line After Moving the Dart."  She will show you EXACTLY what I did to get my French dart; however, she doesn't cut out the innards of it because her dart is a "B".  Mine is a "Z", I think!  Here's the link:

Here are some pics of my new top.  The fabric is from, and the pattern was from my Sure-fit Designs dress kit bodice KNIT blueprint.  Whew!  Say that 3 times real fast.

The French dart is really straight, but I am pulling a bend in it from the way I am standing.

I want to make some more of these.  SO, SO comfortable.  Maybe I'll try a ruffle around the v-neck on the next one.

I got four hearts on the back, and only one on the front.  These prints are strange the way they end up when you cut them out.

It is noon on Sunday, and I have the rest of the afternoon to do SOMETHING.  Jerry called awhile ago just to talk -- how sweet is that -- and he told me he is GLAD to be rid of Kirk.  I am GLAD he is GLAD because I hate it if he doesn't approve of something I do or say. 

God Bless and have a WONDERFUL day!

Hugs, Joy


  1. Rev Hagee is so right and so are your comments. I get so frustrated that our leaders don't see what they are doing to this country. Government doesn't need to be protected from religion; religion must be protected from government.

    The knit top is beautiful. That fabric is gorgeous! How did I miss it?

    It has been wild and crazy around here. Five children 10 and under in a 1500 sq ft house makes for lots of noise and commotion, especially when the weather is stormy and everyone is confined to the house. We'll be leaving soon.

    Hugs, Phylly

  2. Thank you Joy for speaking out! Isaiah describes the U.S. accurately in 3:9 "...they display their sin like Sodom; they do not even conceal it. Woe to them!" In other words, no sense of guilt. Sin is no longer sin,. Even then there was the "new morality"! Love your tops. I am learning to use my SFD blueprint and you are an encouragement!


  3. HI Joy ~ Just found you on PR and via Sure Fit ( just ordered the pant kit for a try out but if it works I will order the rest!) I was intrigued by what you said, you are SO SO correct! Has anyone besides me ever wondered HOW long God will stand for a country that has kicked Him out everywhere they possibly can AND will not back His Chosen People? ( God blesses those who Bless Israel?) I tell you I am living in scary times here and I know I should not be, being that I am a believer! ( hard not to)
    I take solice in the fact that one son chose the ministry full time ( pastor) and all did EVENTUALLY turn back to the Lord ( w/ one he took his time) I am blessed w/ 7 grandchildren now but I sure do pray DAILY for those wee ones! On to your shirt,,,,was it hard initially to get your bodice fitted?? I have no one to really help me measure here, so I envision a lot of difficulties AND I love love love different patterns but have seen that all can be adapted ( hopefully),, Ok,,,,is this like we become our very own Project Runway designers now?? All I want is a nicely fitted blouse, a dress, pants and a few things ( ok maybe jeans too)
    Thanks for your help and have a VERY blessed day!( and THANK YOU for boldly proclaiming what is true and correct at the risk of not being PC!

    1. Hello and welcome Anonymous. Thank you for commenting. Sometimes, I wonder if anyone reads this. I know a lot are put off by my "religion" (as others call it -- I call it "relationship with a true and LIVING God"), but I just think it is very sad. People NEED the Lord. So many don't seem to think so until disaster strikes or the world falls apart. Why can't people serve Him in the good times? Why don't we bow down in the streets to our God like some others do? Oh, my! Don't get me started, or I'll never quit!
      And, Yes! It is easy to make the bodice blueprint, and it will fit very well -- the pants too!
      Hugs, Joy


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