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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bible Journal: 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

1 Corinthians 15:51-55

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

I just love anything in scripture referring to the rapture and end-times prophecy. I find it fascinating. So of course these verses popped out this week.

I believe we are very close to all being fulfilled and accelerating towards that end at a terrifying rate. It could happen any time; now, a few years, or even one hundred! Nevertheless, there is nothing that needs to be fulfilled before God removes His bride, all those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior. Every day I look forward to the rapture and spending all of eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ my Lord.

For the record, I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.

Whenever I read verse 52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,” I think of the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is the fifth feast of the year and the next in line that Jesus has not fulfilled yet. I could be wrong, but I find it an interesting connection.

Two passages refer to the rapture: I Corinthians 15:51-58 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Pastor Wayne Turner of Bible Track gives us the details as follows:

  • Jesus descends from Heaven (I Thessalonians 4:16) (but he does not come down to earth at this time, this isn’t the Second Coming)
  • The dead in Christ rise first (I Thessalonians 4:16)
  • Living Believers rise next (I Thessalonians 4:17)
  • Not everyone will die, but all Believers will receive a glorified body (I Corinthians 15:51)
  • The process is instantaneous (I Corinthians 15:52)
  • From that time forward Believers will never again be separated from Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 4:17)

Here is a Prophecy Timeline graph from from a Pre-trib view:

Questions for my readers:

Do you believe in the Rapture? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Or do you believe in something completely different?

If you have any questions or comments about anything, don't hesitate to leave a post in the comment section or send me an email through the Contact Me page above!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Ultimate Dress Form Fitting Pad System Review

When I purchased my professional dress form with collapsible shoulders from The Shop Company. I ordered The Ultimate Dress Form Fitting Pad System by Fabulous Fit through them as well. 

The box arrived in good condition with all the pads, covers, and instructions. A detailed measurement chart was also included in with the instructions. However, I ultimately just used measurements from my sewing books rather than follow it step by step.

The Fit

The places I needed to pad were my shoulders, thigh, hip, and rear. The shoulder pads were perfect for my needs and my dress form now mirrored my square shoulders. The rest… not so much. 

If I used all three pad types for my lower half, the dress form would be way too large for me. There was far too much padding for each area to use all together. When only one area was used, the measurement was spot on. I decided to use only the back hip pads. Thus, my dress form’s front thighs and side hips are a little more slender than I am. Moreover, the form has a little more going on in the back than I do. I also felt the rear hip pads were shaped oddly. I would have expected a more gradual padding than what it is.

 I hope I can account for this discrepancy in my sewing and it doesn’t affect my garments. If it does, I might have to DIY my own solution. I hesitate to cut or alter the pads should I need them as-is in the future.


In the end, I’m not sure The Ultimate Dress Form Fitting Pad System was worth the money. The shoulder pads were just what I needed. Also, the covers are perfect and I’m glad I didn’t have to make them myself. I’m just not sure that the convenience covers the cost and how little of the system I ultimately used. On the other hand, I may be glad to have these pads in the future should my weight and shape change from having kids, age, life, etc. (Though hopefully not too much!)

The Shop Company Professional Dress Form Review

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bible Journal: 1 Corinthians 10:31-33

Over the years, I’ve tried various ways to help me regularly study the Word of God with mild success. Mostly, while I succeeded in my goal of reading regularly, I rarely understood or learned anything from it. In my search to understand what I read, I discovered by Pastor Wayne Turner. I am always very cautious when I look into Christian matter online. Many things can seem like truth, but are ultimately unbiblical upon further inspection. I looked at his church website and statement of beliefs and it seems to align with my own beliefs. I’ve been reading bible commentary there for a couple of years now and, so far, nothing has seemed amiss. This has been amazing for my understanding of the Bible. 

Now I would like to further my study. While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled upon the blog post 4 Simple Steps for How to Start Bible Journaling. It seems like an easy plan to keep up on a regular basis; Read, Choose a Verse, Copy the Verse, and Write About It. I’ve been reading the New Testament this year and I’m at Corinthians now. I thought I would share some of my entries here. Maybe not all of them, but some of what I’m learning and wondering about. 

1 Corinthians 10:31-33

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  
Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:  
Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they might be saved.

In this chapter of Corinthians, Paul is discussing whether it is a sin to eat meat offered to idols or not. It’s an interesting argument. My understanding is (with the help, ultimately, don’t participate in any way that would endorse or encourage the practice of offering meats to pagan idols. If you don’t know that the food was used in a pagan practice, it’s not contaminated, it’s just food so don’t offend anyone. If you do know, don’t partake as this can harm your testimony and others may see you as accepting this practice.

I feel we can apply this argument to many areas in modern life.

The conclusion of the idol offering discussion, quoted above, is what I’m thinking about today.

The first verse is a wonderful goal and summary for Christian living. Do all to the glory of God. 

What about the next two versus? According to Pastor Wayne, “Paul’s talking about projecting a testimony here. Mature Christians are willing to limit their liberty in Christ to project a positive testimony.” He goes on to say, “When [Paul] was around those who might take offense to certain aspects of the liberty he experienced in Christ, he limited his liberty for their sakes.”

How do I do apply this in my own life? I want to live as an inoffensive example, a testimony, of a life walking with Christ. However, in a world where merely quoting from the bible is seen as offensive (and can get you jail time in certain countries), how do I spread the gospel? What is the balance between standing up and declaring the truth, boldly sharing the gospel, and not offending? 

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Shop Company Professional Dress Form Review

I have a whole slew of sewing projects lined up to kick start Commercially Alternative back into gear. However, my first post back (for real this time) will be something that I’ve needed for a long while, a dress form!

After getting married, it was hard to find time to just sit and sew. When I did, I no longer had my mom as my fitting assistant. My husband tried his best, but it was very hard to direct him with fitting in the back. It would be so much easier and quicker if I had control over the fitting myself. Thus, I began looking for a dress form.

The Search

The problem was I have a long waist and nonstandard measurements. My first thought was to buy an adjustable form from Joann’s. Unfortunately, the prices were very high and the reviews were miserable. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a product that made me unhappy and wouldn’t last long. 


Next, I started looking into DIY options. Duct tape, plaster, you name it I looked into it. I searched blogs, YouTube videos, and I scoured through Pinterest. Nonetheless, the perfectionist in me only saw the flaws, multiple ways the project could go wrong, and lack of available resources and skill. 

The Shop Company

I was toying with the idea of modifying and padding up a cheap mannequin, something used for display rather than tailoring. I was also thinking of finding a polyurethane form to follow this dress form tutorial. I found a cost effective mannequin for the padding option with a very attractive wood base at The Shop Company. That’s when I discovered their professional forms. Wow. They were so pretty. How I wished I could have one of those. I pushed it from my mind as I thought it wouldn’t possibly fit my measurements. 

While finalizing my mannequin plan (materials, cost, process), I kept coming back to those professional forms. They looked so nice and the price was amazing for the quality. In addition, the measurements weren’t too far off. A little short in the back length measurement, but was it that big a deal? The reviews were good. Even Gertie had a glowing review of their product.

Actual purchase!

I bit the bullet and purchased The Shop Company’s Professional Female Dress Form with Collapsible Shoulders. If I was going to do this, I wanted to spend my money on a good, long-lasting item. I also purchased The Ultimate Dress Form Fitting Pad System by Fabulous Fit through The Shop Company as well. 

The dress form finally shipped about a week after I placed my order and the fitting pad system shipped a couple of days after that. Once the items shipped, they arrived quickly and in good condition. The box was a little heavy for my noodle arms. My husband carried it up the stairs for me. The professional dress form instructions were clear and I set it up in all its glory within minutes. The linen seemed very clean and pleasing to look at. There were a few scuffmarks on the armhole plates, but I feel I may be able to clean them. The base was heavy and sturdy. The wheels would probably roll nicely if my sewing space wasn’t on deep carpet. Thus, moving the dress form was a little ungainly for me.

Measurements and Problems

The decisive moment came when I compared my measurements with the form’s measurements. Regrettably, I had lost some weight between my initial search for a dress form and when I ultimately acquired one. Now the waist measurement was spot on, maybe a smidge large. In addition, the bust measurement was spot on. That was a HUGE bummer as my cup size was still larger than the dress form. When I checked the upper bust measurement? Yup, about 1.5 inches, maybe 2, bigger. I had no idea my rib cage was so much smaller. Maybe that’s why I have such issues fitting patterns in that area. I am a little concerned right now how this will affect my sewing. Is it too large and nothing will fit me correctly? Can I fit patterns skin tight to the dress form in that area and it will have the right amount of ease when I wear the garment? Will I be able to display my finished outfits as I had planned? 

I don’t want to return, as a smaller size would have an even shorter back length measurement. I cannot afford to go any shorter. Moreover, I would have to pad everything rather than just problem areas. With the padding system, I can get accurate shoulder and hip/thigh measurements as it is.


Great service from The Shop Company. They responded to my emails quickly and my product arrived in good time and condition. The product is good quality, but I wish they included upper bust measurements when buying. I hope that it all works out.

The Ultimate Dress Form Fitting Pad System by Fabulous Fit Review

Question for my readers:

How do you fit patterns? Do you have a fitting assistant? Or do you use a dress form? If so, what kind do you have and what are your thoughts on it? Is there a dress form on your wish list?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Renaissance Festival Costume: A Corset

Last Spring semester, during my sewing class, I decided to devote my time to corsets. The purpose of the class was to go beyond basic techniques and use fashion materials. One of my projects was a Victorian corset, although I never did a post about it. The other was an Elizabethan corset. 

I wanted a more correct period silhouette than my previous costume attempts. For a pattern, I used the Elizabethan Corset Generator and it really couldn’t have gone easier or quicker. Although, if I do another one, I would mess around with the input measurements such as length. It's a little too long. I used two layers of cotton duck canvas from Hobby Lobby and heavy duty cable ties from Home Depot. The fashion layer is some home decor fabric from Joanns that was on sale. I was really glad to find something so pretty that was mostly cotton. The lacing is double faced satin ribbon. (I wish I got a picture of the back laced up!)

I wanted to get this done quickly to get it in on time for my sewing class (and the Renaissance Festival was quickly approaching as well!). So I didn’t want to bother with binding tabs. Big mistake. It was so uncomfortable and sat on my hips painfully. Thus, I quickly whipped up some rectangle shoulder straps. I believe they are one layer of duck canvas and 2 layers of the fashion fabric. 

With the shoulder straps it’s quite comfortable to wear. I received both an A in the class and a lot of compliments at faire. Also, I've decided to add a waistband to the skirt. It is much too heavy for the elastic and was near falling down the entire time. 

I hope you all like it!