Sunday, August 30, 2015


 The Midnight Oil Smockers gathered for a sewing bee to construct Wee Care gowns for our August monthly meeting. This service project has been a main stay of our chapter for over 30 years.

The first ingredient of a beautiful gown is quality fabric

The next elements needed are experience and expertise. These ladies fulfill these qualification with a combined knowledge of over 100 years of sewing skills and hand work!

Cutting the sleeves, front and back bodices
requires a steady hand.
The next step is to attach lace to sleeves or hemline
on certain gowns.

And now the construction of the gown begins...
Many hands make the workload easier and great fun! This was the first
meeting for this very new member
These 2 new members came prepared with scissors in hand
to trim the seams of the gowns before they
were pressed and ready for pleating. 
This member knows the difference between
ironing and pressing and creates just the
right turn down along the neckline for
the pleating.

The labor intense pleating activity takes
patience and time as well as the ability to
not become frustrated with broken needles.

From the ironing
board to the pleater the process follows
a flow to
make enough
gowns for our
members to smock...

There are still a few more steps to the pleating process so several members bring
their pleaters to move the gowns along the assembly line.

No matter if you are a grandmother or a granddaughter, your sewing gifts and talents are essential for the success of our community service venture to the bereavement programs in local hospitals.

Gathering the finish gowns to mark the size and insert into
individual baggies to keep them nice and neat for the
members to smock...

Cutting the ribbon needed to gather the gowns
at the neckline and hems.

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