Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A little sewing diversion


Louise from Sew Scrumptious is currently running a sewing appeal to send handmade dresses to little girls living in poverty around the world.  A week or two ago, she asked me to get involved and make a dress.  Her request came just when I was ready to do some damage to somebody after my Oolong/silk lining mega frustration. So the thought of making  a little girl’s dress was a welcome diversion.  Here’s the result...

It was such a delight to make, I made another one straight away!

The dresses are called pillowcase dresses and are really quick and easy to make.  Once I’d cut out the fabric, they took about an hour each.  It’s a great way of using up fabric from your stash that might otherwise never see the light of day. Naturally I chose the most uber-girly fabrics I could find (as a mother of boys it's an automatic response!) 

If you'd like to get involved, details of the appeal are on the Sew Scrumptious website, and include a link to a tutorial with a downloadable pattern. All you need is an hour to spare and half a metre of fabric (plus a few inches of elastic and bias tape).  I loved sewing these little dresses and really hope the new owners get some pleasure from wearing them. x

9 comments:

  1. These are great, Jane! Am about to tackle one myself for Louise, so glad to hear they are not too tricky!

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  2. Thanks so much Jane. They were absolutely gorgeous! Really appreciate you mentioning it on your blog too. The aim now is for 100 dresses! I'm making another one tomorrow hopefully. Thanks again x

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  3. These are beautiful dresses for a beautiful cause Jane! I'm off to contact Sew Scrumptious to see how I can get involved...thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are cute, i especially like the gingham bias binding!

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  5. Thanks Marie, that's fantastic! x

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  6. So pretty Jane. Just popped over from Tilly's page and so pleased to see that you will be going along on 6th December too! I bought a few pillowcases from a charity shop yesterday but they are not nearly as pretty as your fabric. I might have to get clever with the embellishing! :-)

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  7. You do very precise work. Lovely designs. The black and white check is darling.

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