Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Every girls deserves a pretty dress

Thanks for the fantastic response already to my appeal for all you lovely sewing bloggers to make little pillowcase dresses for girls living  in poverty around the world. See the 'Dressing a girl around the world' website for more info. I've had lots of interest on the blog and on twitter.

We all have fabric lying around (tons of it!) and we can all sew so all it takes to join the fun is a bit of your time. I'm happy to co-ordinate and post all the dresses if they are sent here. They need to go to the charity in America and they then get delivered by hand to children who need them.

Girls in Haiti


and Uganda
How proud would you feel if this little girl was wearing a dress that you made!
 
To make it easy for you there is a fab tutorial here on a lovely blog called Little Big Girl Studio.

You get 2 different versions to make and a pattern to print off if you need it and look how gorgeous they are

and to make you feel guilty inspire you to make  lots of dresses have a look at these gorgeous dresses





Mary has made 15 YES 15!! dresses to send and has a lovely blog here She also very kindly sent me the link to the tutorial.

So are you feeling motivated? Want to sign up? I will post about every dress I receive with a picture and a link. If you can't sew but would like to get involved please blog or tweet about the appeal. I'm off to try and persuade Cath Kidston to send me some fabric or pillowcases!! Wish me luck.............

44 comments:

  1. OK....... I feel guilty/inspired. Bring it on! Yikes.... How long have a got to make one?! I am in the middle of a quilt and not going too good.... Cath xx

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  2. Hi Lou! Sorry I've not responded earlier but I've just done 3 long days at work so have been in communicado!! You can of course sign me up for this great cause xx

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  3. We are also joined by Kitschy Coo, Bubs Bears, Strawberry Annie and Sew Pretty amongst others! Thanks everyone!

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  4. Thanks for the mention...I was up in the loft yesterday and it wasn't until I came down that I realised there was a bag of very suitable fabric... not sure if I can stop myself!!

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  5. Have just found you and I'd love to join.
    Gillx

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  6. What a great idea! I have 2 grown up boys so never got the chance to sew pretty dresses for them (well I could have made them, but they wouldn't have worn them!). I will definitely put this on my 'to do - short version' list. Just got to get that quilt for Japan finished first, lol! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Hiya
    Sign me up too - it's been a while since I made any clothes (A level textiles) so it'll give me chance to dust off those skills and put a smile on a little girl's face! :o)

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  8. I'm participating and will blog about it today :)

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  9. Stumbled here from Kitschy Coo. Since I'm already in the US I'll just participate by sending dresses directly to the charity. No sense posting them to you to have them posted back here. Thanks for the nudge. I've been meaning to do this for ages and I have a bunch of pre-sewn craft fair stock that can go immediately.

    Thanks for spreading the word. Every little girl should feel valuable.

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  10. I've been meaning to make a dress for this charity for a while now so I'll join in and send one to you:)

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  11. Hello! I'd like to make one please!

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  12. just seen you post on Folksy I will read your blog tomorrow and go and look at the tutorial and will let you know later tomorrow but don't see why I shouldn't be able to do one at least.

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  13. Ok ok I have never made anything that would remotely resemble a dress, but this is a very worthy cause ... so I'm in. :-)

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  14. I will try and have a go but have never made anything this advanced, so cannot promise how it will turn out

    Buggable from Folksy

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  15. Rafferty Grey can you email me through my blog please as I can't seem to contact you through your blog or leave a comment! Thanks. x

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  16. Sorry I've been bogged down with custom orders this past week but I will try. I'm sure I can budge a few things off to one side and make a bit of time for dress making, especially as it's such a worthy cause.

    When do you need them by?

    Leanne xx

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  17. Hi I can make one for you - you can contact me via Facebook (/Made by Dolly) if you can't via the blog. xx

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  18. I'm making my first one today out of gorgeous strawberry fabric! Just onto the elastic but keep getting distracted by my baby...lol.
    I'm considering making a matching purse for each one and putting a pocket on the front of each dress to put it in.
    Do you get to find out where the dresses go to?

    I also considered making some trousers for boys...they need clothes too :)

    Good luck everyone xxx

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  19. Just posted a link on my blog and tweeted about it. What a fab idea!

    http://www.dollipopsboutique.blogspot.com/
    http://www.dollipops.co.uk

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  20. what gorgeous dresses and a fab cause x

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  21. is there a deadline for when you need them by? I've never made a pillowcase dress, but I'd love to try making one or two!

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  22. Done! Lovely idea and good cause to support - had good fun making it! xx

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  23. Fantastic everyone!! Thanks so much. Please let me know if you need me to send you my address.

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  24. Hi i thought you would like to know that i bought 50metres of bias binding 25mm for £8.45 on ebay, much cheaper than the fabric store which only has 20mm, the extra 5mm makes it much easier to sew. I also got some nice cheap fabric at http://www.cheapfabrics.co.uk/thestore/product_info.php/cPath/94_415/products_id/5636
    If you want to make the dresses using fabric from the measurements as shown at the sew delightful website. Hope this information helps

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  25. Hi, i know its abit late in the day but count me in to make a frock. sure i can fit it into all my other sewing things (i'll pop it on the top of the pile!) may take longer than usual as i manages to break my machien and am using my mums which she kindly let me borrow!

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  26. what a lovely lovely thing to do! I'm interested in having a go, not that my sewing skills are up to much!

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  27. Hi
    Do you still need some making? Came across your appeal on Folksy and sounded interesting. I'm only beginner level sewing (have made dress and couple of jackets for me) but if you do still need help I'm willing to give it a go!
    CrippledCrafter (folksy)

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  28. Hello – I came across your blog site as I have been trying to find out if there is a UK branch of Dress a Girl around the World, since reading about the organization in my copy of SEW HIP magazine, I have felt really inspired to get making and to help. I even blogged about it on ElizaDoesLots, as to encourage people who can sew and those who feel they cannot to take part, the pillow case dress is just too easy not to make and also could inspire people to make a version that could fit them if they wanted, with a sense of achievement all around. Thanks for posting – debra&debrafide

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  29. Hello – I came across your blog site as I have been trying to find out if there is a UK branch of Dress a Girl around the World, since reading about the organization in my copy of SEW HIP magazine, I have felt really inspired to get making and to help. I even blogged about it on ElizaDoesLots, as to encourage people who can sew and those who feel they cannot to take part, the pillow case dress is just too easy not to make and also could inspire people to make a version that could fit them if they wanted, with a sense of achievement all around. Thanks for posting – debra&debrafide

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  30. Oh, I want to join! I think this is a lovely idea! I may have to get my Rainbow's, Brownie's and Guide's involved by bringing me in pillowcases for me to turn into dresses for the girls! :o)

    C x

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  31. Hi I would love to join in to, is it too late now to send dresses to you?

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  32. Hi, thank you for sharing this link.
    My friend is off to an orphanage in Uganda in November and I'd like to make some for her to take.
    Have a great weekend
    x

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  33. This is such a lovely idea. I just got involved with a local group (well 2 hours away) in Sydney Australia.

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  34. Hello! Yay! I have seen this cause on Facebook and have been searching for somebody in UK that we can send to - and here you are! I'd love to join in...where do we send the dresses to please?

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  35. Ooohh you're in the UK!! Yey!
    I'm Charley from www.charleysews.blogspot.com
    Is this an on-going thing you are helping with? I've seen this lots of times but it has always been from somebody based in the US.
    I'm off to Mozambique in under 2 weeks ... eeekk

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  36. Hi I run a craft studio in Nottingham and know lots of ladies who would like to get involved. Can you let me your intended postage dates to US so I can get them to you in time. Many thanks. Clare

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  37. Hi Clare, That sounds brilliant! Thank you. Have no way of contacting you. If you email me through the blog I can let you have more info. I am currently finding people in the UK to take the dresses directly to projects abroad rather than posting them to the US. You can send dresses any time as this will be an ongoing project. I keep in regular contact with the charity in the US to let them know what we are doing. Louise x

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  38. Sorry! have never posted on someone elses blog before:-) will emall you my address. Thanks for the speedy reply. cant wait to get everyone started.

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  39. I'm in what a lovely thing to do.
    I'm gonna see if any of the girls off my textile crafts course at huddersfield uni will join me on this. X

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  40. Hi Louise, I had this idea: http://www.giftsryou.co.uk/blog/2012/07/18/dressing-a-girl-around-the-world/

    I have just posted it, but I'd like to know what you think first? If you think it is not a good idea, I then take it off line. But in that case, is there any other way I could help to multiply this? I am obviously more than happy to put the badge on my blog once I have sent the dress that i'll be making in the next days. But I love this initiative so much, I wish I could do more. Please let me know what you think and well done you :)

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  41. Hi, i want to do this. Can I use a different style? ... and what age? Thanks x

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