Thursday, April 22, 2010

Little Dresses


Earlier this week, I stopped in to visit my friends at the office where I used to work. While I was there, Julie, who also enjoys sewing, mentioned a charity project she'd read about in the Nancy's Notions catalog. Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit, Christian-based relief organization. Simple dresses made out of pillowcases (or your own fabric) are distributed through the orphanages in Central Africa. Nancy's Notions is participating in this effort and selling a kit to make the dresses, or you can download the free PDF pattern from their site. They will ship completed dresses to their destination if you mail them to Nancy's. In my case, I'll just drive them across town to the store.

It seemed like a worthwhile cause, with a local connection, so Julie and I have jumped in. Here's what we had done as of Thursday afternoon.

I made the two dresses on the ends from stash fabric. Julie's, in the center, is from a pillowcase, which she embellished with cute yellow scrap fabric.

These are so fun to make! We're each planning to sew at least a couple more.


I'll be linking again this week to Sew & Tell Fridays at amylouwho. Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!

22 comments:

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Wow P! These are really cute.And what a great cause.

Leslie said...

these are adorable....looks like a pretty easy to follow pattern too!!! great finish

Lauren said...

Adorable. Does that pink one come in my size? hee hee.

carol said...

Cute. Love the blue

Michelle said...

What cute little dresses! And for such a good cause. It doesn't get any better than that. :-)

Kim D. said...

Those are adorable!! What a great cause.

Kristen said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the link!

Dayna said...

Oh, these are adorable! And what a great cause. We're currently living in southern Africa, where we are able to see first-hand many such needs.

Rebecca said...

What a great idea and a great cause!

Jan said...

Such sweet dresses for a worthwhile cause. Thank you for sharing the information.

sewtakeahike said...

aww, they're so cute!!! You're gonna make some little girls feel like a million bucks!

pinksuedeshoe said...

What a great project, thanks for sharing!

ivoryspring said...

These are the most darling dresses!

annie2006 said...

very cute and a good cause :)

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

These are so sweet! An easy project with a big impact. I like it!

The Tripp Family said...

So adorable! those little girls will feel like princesses!!

nima said...

cute dresses...thanking for taking time to stop by my blog...

JKP said...

These are adorable. Wish I had this pattern when Aly was little. It would have saved me from the zipper fiasco.

Tell J. and the rest I said hi! I hope all are doign well.

trish said...

What cute dresses!
They bring back many good summer memories for me, I had similar dresses as a child. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

em's scrapbag said...

What a wonderful cause. And such a cute way to display them. They are darling.

Toronto Yardsaler said...

Your blog is awesome on so many levels. Love the dresses, pyrex and Napoleon Dynamite. They go so well together!
Erin

Rene' said...

P. these are such cute dresses and for such a wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing!