Sew Much Love, Mary is a blog that features fashion sewing, refashioned designs, and modest fashion inspiration. 

When I first started this blog, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go with it. I just wanted a little corner on the internet to document my refashioned designs and an outfit here or there. I didn't even know how to start a blog. The basic HTML that I knew was from my Myspace days, when I loved to edit my profile in unique and different ways. With my first job, I bought myself a camera and tripod. And without any knowledge, I began snapping photos. As time passed by, I kept doing what I loved, which was refashioning, sewing, and putting outfits together. That made it easier to give my blog a focus. It's definitely been a learning experience, and I'm still learning new things everyday.

I created this space to share what I'm passionate about. 
I hope to inspire you to create beautiful and unique designs and styles of your own.

Hello! I'm Mary, the one behind Sew Much Love, Mary. A little bit about me... 
I'm 23 years old, married to my middle school sweetheart, and a follower of Jesus. I have two yorkies, Kippy and Rocky, whom I adore. I'm an only child and my parents are my best friends. I am a graduate from my dream school, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with a degree in Merchandise Product Development. The place I call home is a small little town in California. I'm obsessed with anything pink or sparkly, flowers, sunny days, unicorns, and sweets, especially chocolate. My style could be described as feminine and trendy with sometimes a dash of hipster. I have always considered myself a creative and I have always loved anything related to creativity. When I was younger I was always doodling away or making clothing for my dolls. As a teen, I loved to create on Photoshop. I still love all things creative, my favorites are the focus of my blog: sewing, refashioning, and styling.

I first fell in love with refashioning back I began to start dressing modestly. I would buy clothing from the thrift store, and added sleeves or added length to them. This is when I realized it was really fun to create new designs out of old ones. I loved seeing the potential in something that everyone else saw as outdated or "trash."

But, Why Do I Dress Modestly?

"I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear."
- 1 Timothy 2:9

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."
-1 Peter 3:3-4

I believe in dressing modestly, because I strive to honor God in everything I do, including the way I dress. In the practical sense, to me, modesty means dressing appropriately in non-revealing clothes. Everyone's practical meaning of modesty is a little bit different, so I won't go into specifics. I'm not saying I'm perfect or super righteous and pious, because I am definitely NOT. I will say this --I fail every day. The good thing is his mercies are new everyday. (Lamentations 3:22-23) 
The verses I mentioned above are not advocating against dressing nicely, but rather that the beauty that matters is on the inside. When we are clothed in Christ, we are beautiful.

Being Clothed in Christ

Being clothes in Christ means living like Christ. If we are living like Christ, we are loving, compassionate, gentle, patient, kind, and everything else that Christ is.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
-Colossians 3:12

"Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ’s name have clothed yourselves with Christ."
-Galatians 3:27

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