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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Not a sheep in sight........



This is slightly off topic for a wool/knitting/crochet blog but I just had to show the 2 dresses I made this week.  I used to sew a lot many moons ago and even made my own coats, trousers, jackets and blouses.  Then I stopped sewing and promptly forgot nearly everything.  These dresses have been a steep learning curve and I'm pleased with the way they turned out.

They are very similar to the pillowcase dresses that people make but I actually followed a Simplicity pattern.  I looked at lots of online tutorials about how to make this type of dress but gave up partly because I don't have any spare pillowcases and partly because I bought this lovely material for the bargain price of £1 a year ago and have been itching to use it.  The blue material at the hemline is from an old sheet that I had already chopped up and used to line a baby blanket last year.

These two dresses are supposed to fit a girl aged 6 years old.  The organisation I am thinking of sending these to is Sew Scrumptious which distributes dresses to girls in Africa, India and other countries worldwide.  With that in mind, I made a great effort to make these dresses as indestructible as possible.  They will hopefully be handed down and worn by many girls over the next few years.

As I am not lucky enough to have a sewing room, I have to use the dining room table.  This time of year the room is bathed in natural light and warmth.  I'm going to take advantage of that and do a bit more sewing before the weather changes.  

7 comments:

  1. The dresses are wonderful, Una! I am sure that little girls will be happy to have them and will feel very pretty wearing them too.

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  2. Una you certainly have not forgotten anything! these are just fantastic, some little girls are going to be so pleased with them xx well done xx

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  3. Well done Una they are lovely you have done a great job. I bought some material last month to try and make some dresses too but I think it's the thought of getting the sewing machine out, I have to sew in the living room and it will look like a work shop for ages because it takes me for ever to get anything finished when I'm sewing, it's not one of my strong points but I do have a go now and then :)

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    1. I'm in the same boat as you. I have to get everything out and clear it away again. I would sew more if I could just leave it on a table that nobody else wants to use.

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  4. Great job on the dresses! I used to do a bit of sewing, but was never very good at it. I have been thinking about getting a basic sewing machine and trying it out again. You have inspired me!

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    1. I'd say "go for it". I'm really grateful that I kept my machine all these years. It's a mid-range machine, but I have probably only used the basic functions.

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  5. Awwww, the dresses are adorable! Love the fabric!

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