Oh how I love to be a part
of the miracle that takes place when a child
joins a family through adoption.
And I was blessed to pray for a little girl in China named
Hannah, who will be
joining her loving family very soon.
You can read all about here on her mother,
One of the most special times in any Internationally Adoptive
Family's journey is that moment when they
arrive in the airport with their
They are joyously greeted by awaiting family members
In many cases, the child becomes an American
citizen when they go through Immigration in the airport.
And so it is a beautiful tradition for the newly adopted child
to be dressed in patriotic clothing.
Hannah's mommy asked that I make her
a smocked dress that would celebrate this exciting day!
I chose the smock plate by Creative Keepsakes
called "Love My Country".
The smock plate is actually designed for
an insert or yoke dress but I was able
to adapt it for a bishop style quite easily.
I simply back smocked in a wave pattern
instead of the normal cable that would have been used for an insert.
I also had to pay special attention to the sleeve seams
which were a bit bulkier than the rest.
I chose Imperial Broadcloth
because I love how beautifully it holds its shape
and looks crisp even when it has been smashed in a suitcase.
I ordered all my supplies from
a wonderful shop called
and was so pleased with how perfectly
Oh, and one more note.
Every time I sew something for a client,
friend or family member,
I pray for them as I stitch.
So it is an even bigger blessing for me!
Hannah, I can not wait to see pictures of you in your mommy's arms!