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Cary mom hopes her sewing book inspires

jenniferbringle@gmail.comApril 19, 2012 

Mindy MossÕ ÒBasic Sewing with the SowerÓ teaches basic sewing skills, served with a side of spiritual inspiration.

COURTESY OF MINDY MOSS

Like many women, Mindy Moss spent time as a child with her mother learning to sew. But in this era of iPhones and YouTube videos, fewer modern-day girls have that same childhood experience.

Now a mother herself, the Cary resident decided to help inspire an interest in sewing in young girls with her book, “Basic Sewing with the Sower.” The book teaches basic sewing skills, served with a side of spiritual inspiration.

“Whenever someone would ask me what I desired to do with my degree, I would tell them that I wanted to instill godly principles in young girls’ lives while teaching them a home economic skill, such as sewing, cooking and interior design,” says Moss. “This became the foundation on which I was inspired to write this book. It all began with the basics of sewing.”

Moss uses sewing to teach lessons about creating with fabric and thread, as well as life lessons based on religious values.

“It is fun to see how the sewing terms apply spiritually to our lives,” she says. “In chapter three of my book, it talks about ‘Patterns to Follow.’ It would be very difficult to make a garment without the pattern – we need a guide. As women, we need a pattern to follow, and that is the Bible. The Bible tells us how to live and treat one another.”

And while some may see cutting patterns and sewing clothing as an antiquated pastime, Moss sees it as far more than a utilitarian practice of bygone days. “I think it is important to keep the art of sewing alive because it allows for creativity.”

In addition to the book, Moss teaches beginner sewing classes for girls in grades six-12. A full class schedule, plus her book, are available at her website, sewingwiththesower.com.

Green looks good

Fashion goes green this weekend at the annual ReDress Raleigh Fashion Show, Friday at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh. Local designers – such as Johanna Ely of Good Girls Studio, Kim Kirchstein of Leopold and Margo Scott of Rocket Betty Designs – incorporate sustainable practices in their designs to show that eco-friendly clothing can be fashionable. The show, which will start at 8 p.m., is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Tickets are $10-$50 and sell out each year. For advance tickets and more information, visit www.redressraleigh.com.

Helping hands

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Activate Good and Hopscotch are teaming up for HELPScotch, a daylong celebration of volunteering in the Triangle. From 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, HELPScotch participants can lend a hand at a number of local charities, including sorting clothing at Dress for Success and preparing food kits at Safe Haven for Cats. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.activategood.org.

Say ‘I do’ to this

Forget “Say Yes to the Dress.” Triangle brides can say yes not only to the dress, but the caterer, photographer and florist at the Southern Bridal Show and Expo, Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building, more than 150 local wedding vendors will meet with brides to answer questions and share the latest wedding trends in everything from food to flowers. Hourly fashion shows will highlight some of the latest looks in bridal fashion – wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and more. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door (and include a complimentary subscription to “Brides” magazine). For more information, visit www.foreverbridal.net.

Art2Wear goes big

Art2Wear, N.C. State’s annual fashion show, has brought in a fashion heavyweight to serve as creative director. Raymond Nadeau, who has worked with everyone from Adidas to Gucci, will head up the annual event, 7 p.m., Tuesday in Reynolds Coliseum. Art2Wear showcases works by students in N.C. State’s colleges of design and textiles. For more information or tickets, visit www.ncsuart2wear.com

This week in the trunk...

Designed by sisters-in-law both named Veronica, Veronica Beard captures the pair’s laid-back chic style with dresses and separates in classic shades with clean lines and feminine touches. The designers, along with their fall 2012 collection, will be at Vermillion from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday for a trunk show (full trunk show hours are 1-6 p.m., Wednesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26). Vermillion is in North Hills at 4321-102 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh, 919-787-9780, www.vermillionstyle.com.

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