16 Aug Sewing For a Postulant
At the request of many readers, I am writing a post about my recent sewing project.
My neighbors’ 30-year old daughter, the oldest of seven children, is an Air Force Academy graduate. She completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan while on active duty before settling in Columbia, SC as an engineer.
In March she made the decision to pursue the religious life and is joining the Dominican Sisters of Mary in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Her parents paid me a visit shortly after her decision to ask if I would sew the official clothes Katie would wear during her postulant year.
The clothes include 2 white aprons, 2 blue aprons, 2 blue vests and 2 blue skirts. The Postulants furnish their own clothes which are handmade. The exceptions are RTW white shirts worn with the skirts and vests.
Since Katie lives elsewhere I don’t have photos of her to show how the clothes fit. She is much taller and larger than me so the clothes look a little sloppy on my dress forms. The modeled clothes are from the Dominican Sisters’ website 😉
The girls wear the blue skirt and vest everyday for everything – even sports. The fabric must be 100% polyester so ironing will not be an issue. The skirt must be 10″ from the ground and the vest hangs 12 inches from the waist.
The service aprons are cut from a single piece of fabric placed on the fold and slip over the head. The instructions were sparse – 1. Sew the shoulder seams together, 2. Sew the back seam and 3. Finish the edges with bias tape. There was no finished picture. I used 3 packages of tape for each apron.
Denim is the recommended fabric for both colors. The blue aprons hang 10 inches from the ground, the same length as the skirts.
Based on the photos below I think I got it right.
When the Postulants serve dinner, they change into the white aprons which are six inches from the ground. While Katie furnished fabric for the skirts and vests, I selected the fabric for the aprons. The white aprons are made from a fantastic lightweight stretch denim I found at JoAnn’s. Had I not been so overwhelmed by the task ahead I would have bought some for myself.
So there it is – the wardrobe for a Dominican Sisters of Mary Postulant. 🙂
I am not Catholic and know very little about life in a convent, but I was pleased to help a young woman who has served our country with distinction and is now embracing a vow of poverty.
Best wishes to Katie – I hope the clothes hold up for a year!