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?