FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Though the art of sewing garments was a familiar one to their mothers and grandmothers, several of the women enrolled in the clothing instruction class at Southwestern had no prior experience before January. The lessons they learned and the garments they crafted were both featured in the “Sew Beautiful for Spring!” fashion show, April 26.
The informal show, featuring the students themselves as models, took place in the parlor room of the Horner Homemaking House, with the participants having family members and friends present to applaud their drop- and empire-waisted, pleated, and portrait- collared creations. The HHH is stage to many of these hands-on classes, including cooking and the various homemaking practicums.
“During the semester, we studied the ‘fruits of the Spirit,’ because we needed to study the fruits of the Spirit during this class,” said Mary Nichols, class instructor, to the audience. “We figured out that armed with a seam ripper and the fruits of the Spirit, we can tackle just about anything.”
Nichols added that she enjoyed mentoring these women and said she was very impressed at their insights.
“They’re going to make a wonderful contribution to the Titus 2 aspects of the ministry, as they teach other women to be keepers at home, and make their homes beautiful as well as themselves beautiful,” Nichols said.
Each student chose her own pattern to craft an outfit unique to her. Nichols encouraged the ladies to pick something they would desire to remake, and the diverse choices reflected the personality of each student.
Emily Atwood, a College at Southwestern graduating senior, made a sleeveless, lavender cotton, vintage-style dress, and made it quickly enough to be able to reuse the pattern to remake the same garment in a heavier material of deep blue. Her mother and grandmother, both accomplished tailors, attended the showing.
Elisabeth Nokleby, CSW junior, made a professional administrative combo of matching brown tweed vest and a-line skirt: a difficult pattern, said Nichols, especially for those with no prior sewing experience.
Joy Aldridge, wife of M.Div. student Andrew Aldridge, chose a modified costume pattern for a floor-length, empire-waisted scarlet gown with puffed sleeves. The invisible zipper was an attribute utilized by most of the students, and something they wore with pride since it took them so long to craft, said Nichols.
The homemaking program at Southwestern Seminary exists to prepare women through challenging class work that will develop them spiritually and academically according to the Titus 2 biblical model of womanhood. The program also gives them life-skills that have often been lost to this generation of American women. More information can be found about the program, as well as suggested study plans, at