After the gowns were smocked, they would be passed on to ladies who finished up the gowns on the sewing machine. It was pretty special to take a break and just look around as women worked in groups of 3-5, with everyone having a task at hand and all of us accomplishing the goal. We cut out and/or stitched up 187 items over the weekend! This has been a great help to my local ministry and a big help to Sara, who is just starting her ministry!
We didn't spend the entire weekend sewing - we had our evenings where it was like one big high school girls pajama party - all talking and telling stories and mostly sharing tips, tricks & ideas about what we all love to do, which is sew! The first nite we stayed up till 4am chatting, the 2nd nite some ladies stayed up till 5 am - I woke up somewhere around 2am hearing what sounded like school-girl giggles in the hallway! I found out the next morning that one of our "girls" got stuck on the top bunk and couldn't get down, and hollered for help...LOL....several ran to her rescue which caused alot of giggling in the process!
Here is a slideshow of our weekend together - we are already looking forward to our 3rd annual Sewing Retreat in 2010!