Flowers for the teacher

While I was embroidering on this jacket, I kept thinking — my middle school teachers never dressed this fun! Meet Aubree. She teaches math to seventh graders in western Indiana.


I met her when she was visiting Nashville. I noticed her style – fun casual dresses, often topped off with a stylish denim jacket. She left it with me, wanting something in purples and teals.

Asked why she chose teaching as a career, she said “I love getting to interact with the kids… they come from all walks of life. I love getting to be a light for them and helping them on their walk.”


I covered the back of the jacket, up over one shoulder and down one sleeve with twining vines of glowing roses.

The pleats on the front limited my stitching area, so I added lace to the collar and at the waist.


The front still looked plain to me, so I stitched up a couple more roses on organza (a thin but stable and strong fabric), and cut them out.


I placed them over the pleats on the left front (first opening up the pocket so she’d still be able to use it) and overlapping the pocket flap on the right front.


Then I stitched them on, using a free motion foot and clear thread. To finish it off, I closed up and serged the sleeve and pocket. Like new, only more colorful.


Aubree is a busy twenty-something. During here college years she sang in a campus ministry team and lead a traveling team called Jesus Bohemia. She’s still at it, “I sing in my church’s worship band, in the car and especially in the shower!”


I don’t know where she finds the time, but she recently played the role of 72-year-old Madge in a community theater production of Booklight: a new musical. It’s a story of tragedy, faith and survival. Keep shining your light Aubree! You inspire our youth to lead full and colorful lives.

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