Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Dresses ...

Since I can't be at my church's sew-in for Little Dresses for Africa, I decided to make a few dresses so I would have a donation. 

I pulled fabric from my stash, cut the lengths, sewed up the back seam and then I counted. I thought 10 would be a good donation - I had 24 dresses started! So...I kept sewing. Now it might have been faster to just follow the directions but I decided that each one 'needed' at least one pocket, some 'needed' two, some 'needed' a little more interest. And since I didn't have any bias tape, I faced the armholes and made the ties for the straps. Oh, it would have been fun to have daughters to sew for - I did sew for my sons when they were small but no frills!

So here is my pile:

There are 9 size small - definitely the cutest!

Another look.

Most of my favorites are size small. The blue with the lace.

The green with the extra piece around the middle.

And my overall favorite - the one with the flower. When I put the pockets on this dress, one of them moved! Not wanting to tear out the pocket, I appliqued a flower (already made in my stash!) coming out of the tipped pocket. I love the flower but mostly I love the colors!

There are 5 medium dresses.

 And 6 large ones.

 It's a little hard to see the second dress in. I love the fabric.

And there are 4 extra-large dresses.

The blue Hawaiian print showed up in the largest 3 sizes. I absolutely love that fabric but have never used it. As tempting as it was to keep it, I decided to pass it on. I hope some little girls love it too!

Everything you see is from my stash. You can't actually see the 8 yards of 1/4" elastic that I had to buy. 

The dress really is a quick pattern if you just make it and don't play!


  1. Huge buckets of blessings on you and your church helpers and may all those dresses carry the message of hope and love along with them!!! Well done, Dearheart!!! Many hugs, Doreen

  2. Wow! What a wonderful thing you've done! What a blessing!

  3. Awe! How sweet! Those little girls will be delighted!

  4. Adorable. Good on you for taking time for a service project. It feels good, doesn't it? Not to mention I LOVE using up fabric from my stash for projects like this.

  5. Such a kind thing to do! It's what we're supposed do and often don't. The dresses are adorabe and I'm sure will be well apprciated! Love the orangey flower dress!

  6. Those are so, so sweet. I'll check out your pattern.



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