Thursday, August 1, 2013

Skirting the Issue: A Somber Last Week

This is the last week of the Skirting the Issue sew-a-long hosted by the girls at Simple Simon & Co.  Each week in July was dedicated to sewing a different item for donation to an appropriate group.  You were encouraged to donate locally or to send them to the hosts for donation (which is what I plan on doing).  So, I've blogged about skirt week, pillowcase week, blanket week, doll week and now, lastly, we have bereavement gown week. 

I didn't know what a bereavement gown was at the start of the month. I was surprised to learn that these are small outfits given to parents who have suffered the premature loss of a child through miscarriage or still birth. They are often used for burial.  There were comments and posts written by those who have suffered such a lose and encouraged by such kindnesses. 

There were several suggested patterns from rather complex lacey ones to the more simple bunting pattern, which I chose to make.  I put a small ruler in the picture to give you an idea of the size.  And this is the LARGE bunting pattern.

Here is the total contribution waiting to be boxed up and taken to the post office:



  1. I've not heard of bereavement gowns before this either, but what a lovely idea to make something so special for such sad circumstances. I can well imagine how touched bereaved parents would be. And what a very special sew-along you've been participating in.

  2. I've heard of tiny little quilts for that purpose but not bereavement gowns. Such kindness.