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!!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
More girls' dresses....
Here is a little quintet of girls' dresses that are destined for Sew Scrumptious which is an organisation that distributes dresses and shorts to girls and boys living in Malawi, Kenya, India, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Philippines, Tanzania and Zambia.
These dresses are sometimes called pillowcase dresses as it is possible to make them from spare pillowcases. They are basically 2 pieces of material sewn together with ribbon ties at the shoulders. I have left the ribbons undone for easy packing. I also like to add a contrasting band at the hemline. It takes longer but is worth the effort.
I don't have any spare pillowcases, so I bought a similar pattern and some suitable cotton material. The Winnie the Pooh material came from a market stall at a good price. The rest of the material came from a charity shop at an even better price. They were selling large pieces of material for only 49p. I managed to cut the two light blue dresses from one piece of material. What a bargain. I made the mistake of oohing and aahing so much about the price that, when I went back the next day, they had doubled and even trebled it. They still sold their material, but not to me! The blue theme in the dresses is my way of keeping down costs for thread, bias tape and ribbon.
These particular dresses should fit girls aged approximately 4-6 years old. I managed to buy material in the same charity shop that will be suitable for boys' shorts and I have found some easy patterns. It seems that less than one in 10 items sent to Sew Scrumptious is shorts. i can just see the boys' hopeful little faces when the donations arrive. So next year I will sew some shorts to add to my parcel before I post it.
My sewing projects are finished for 2013. I have some knitting left to do which will fill my dwindling free time.