So, here I am working towards a personal goal of sewing together 100 Little Dresses for Africa by August 2014! I have almost 29 completed already, so I am off to a great start!
My Little Dresses are officially called Little Dresses Around The World, since ours are distributed to other ministries and social agencies here in Madison and the Wisconsin area in addition to the orphanage in Tanzania that our church supports.
I am assuming that many of you have made these dresses yourselves, but for those new to the idea here's how it works: Our church collects and gathers from local Goodwill and thrift stores gently used little girl tops-I target sizes usually from around 3 to 12, and typically choose short sleeved ones. They look better than the summery spaghetti straps and I think they are more durable. I take them home, launder them, press them and slice off about 1-2 inches off the bottom, due to the stretching out of place from wear and tear. The bottom hem can get hard to work with if not removed.
We also collect attractive gently used pillowcases. I love the vintage roses, dainty designs and the ones that are edged in eyelet ruffles! Many times, these are also donated but I find I enjoy the search! The pillowcases are then laundered, pressed and spread out horizontally on the cutting table and sliced exactly down the middle, creating two "skirt" pieces-enough for two dresses!
Then, I simply match one pillowcase "skirt" with a little cute top. I flip the "skirt" inside out, upside down and match the side seams of the two garments with a pin, then gather the "skirt" to fit the top. I don't have serger, so I zigzag, then sew two straight seams along the zigzag to hold the seam. I trim it with little ribbons, lace or whatever I have around to use at the time.
Magically, I have created a Little Dress to clothe a little girl somewhere in need! I also draw a little heart with my Pigma pen inside the dress on the seam with my initials rkm and number each one I make. I say a prayer for the little girl who will wear the dress and then hang it up until delivery.
*I am very surprised by the donations I have received of trims and lace for my dresses! That's the most expensive part of the project, so I just started spreading the word and then quilters started bringing bags to guild meetings for me!
Here are only few that I have made so far. I am also keeping a running photo gallery on my blog under the tab "Little Dresses" with a running total to keep me accountable! www.TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com
These are just a couple of photos. I don't want to add too many here due to space.
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