Sunday, 10 July 2011

Pillowcase Dresses

Inspired by Handmade Jane's delightful versions, I too decided to contribute to the Pillowcase Dress sewing appeal, that will hopefully help to bring a smile to the faces of girls living in poverty around the world.


Louise from Sew Scrumptious is actually collecting dresses until the end of the year, to send on in bulk to the charity in America. Isn't that amazing of her?!? She's posted more information about the appeal here and if you've become inspired to take part, just drop Louise a line. I believe the current count is 90 dresses...93 when she receives mine this week!







There's a great tutorial with downloadable pattern here, which you can be as creative as you like with. I decided to make 3 dresses, well, because it really is my favourite number! Although 2 of them have a contrasting band and 1 doesn't, they all have fabric tie casings instead of elastic casings. This is due to my irrational fear of sewing with elastic - I always jump to the conclusion that elastic is hard to work with and beyond my elementary skills. Does anyone else share this view, or is my fear unfounded? 



15 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I must've missed Jane's post somehow. What a lovely idea (and a great job you've done on yours too). I'm mid purge of my stash and have a handful of pillowcases that could work nicely...love yours!
    Px

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  2. Oh Marie, they're gorgeous, I'm so thrilled my blog post inspired you to make them. The fabrics are lovely and three little girls are going to be very happy indeed! You've made my day. x

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  3. Those are lovely - and what a fabulous project!

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  4. Wow. They look fantastic!! Thanks so much. I love them. Can't wait to see them. Thanks for blogging about the appeal too. Thats great. Will let you know when they arrive. Louise x

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  5. These are so sweet! I'll have to make a few of these!

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  6. They look super cute.
    I want to participate. I think I'll hope on over to that site and check it out.

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  7. So adorable and such a great cause. I might have to put these on my to-do list!

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  8. Yes and those little girls will be so happy to have something pretty to wear as well. Rich or poor all little girls like to feel pretty and that's the truth.

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  9. That's such a great idea Marie! The dresses are adorable.

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  10. Sew Country Chick - hit the nail on the head! What a beautiful way to make a difference. Marie your dresses are completely lovely, especially the pink/orange one. Time to have a rummage in the airing cupboard...

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  11. Thanks for the lovely comments all and I'm glad that I made your day Jane! The great thing about this little project is that you can make as many or as few as you like, it's a great way to de-stash your smaller pieces of fabric, they are really fast and simple to make...and it's all for a lovely cause!

    Can't wait to see your versions ;o)

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  12. The dresses have arrived!! They are gorgeous. Thanks so much. I love them. They will be up on the blog in the next day or two!!

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  13. Love these dresses, and the entire ethos and spirit behind them. Brilliant :)

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  14. This is a great project and I will definitely be following the links and making a few myself.
    Your 3 dresses are beautiul and any little girl would be delighted to wear them I'm sure!
    Fabulous!

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  15. I too decided to contribute to the Pillowcase Dress sewing appeal

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