Monday, 23 January 2012

Sewing Stuff............

Great news! I think I have found someone who can take 250 dresses to Malawi!! I'm just finalizing the details and hopefully I can give more detail soon. I have also found someone who can take some dresses to India later in the year. This is brilliant news as it was really important to me to get your dresses out to girls who need them as soon as possible. After debating the best way of transporting 250 dresses, someone gave me the idea of putting them in the bags that duvets come back from the launderette in. Perfect! This is what 250 dresses in launderette bags looks like...

I sort of rolled the dresses and put them inside as hopefully they will get less creased that way.

A few little labels to go with them

The other great news is that there has been a MASSIVE response to the pillowcase dress appeal over the last few weeks helped a lot by some mentions in Simply Homemade Magazine and also Craftseller magazine. So many lovely people have been in touch by email and via facebook. We have so many dresses promised and lots of schools, guide groups and sewing groups are wanting to get involved. Its very exciting!!

More lovely dresses are arriving every day including these two from the lovely Sue.

I love the little pocket with the matching button

and a pretty pink number

with the prettiest bias binding

and I also received 7 lovely dresses from the very kind Pam. Pam's dresses were made in memory of her daughter Samantha who very sadly passed away last year. Pam told me that Samantha actively supported several charities so I am very honoured to be able to accept the dresses in her memory. Thank you Pam.

I love the little frill on this pretty blue dress

2 lovely yellow dresses with pretty lace trimmings

2 gorgeous floral dresses. I love the ric rac detail at the bottom

and 2 pretty blue dresses

I just LOVE the retro looking fabric used in this dress. Gorgeous!

Cath Kidston had a sale last week and I couldn't resist a couple of metres of oilcloth as it was reduced from £20 metre to £6 metre! So any ideas on what I should make? I have an idea for the Pinterest challenge already but need some new inspiration too if anyone has any ideas?

I admired a rather gorgeous Hello Kitty fabric on the very lovely SewJustineSew blog and Justine very kindly decided to send me some! Thank you so much.The fabric is so pretty. Izzy already has her eye on it.

Sam got a new big boy car seat at the week-end and I ended up buying this seat belt cover for him as it was £1 in the sale along with a little 'Cars' cushion.

Of course once Izzy spotted it she wanted one too so I ended up making one which I was actually pretty pleased with. It only took 10 minutes. I love this fabric. Its from fabricland and was in a FQ bundle I bought for £3

Its got a layer of wadding in the middle to make it padded and its finished off with velcro. A perfect little make if you haven't got much time.

I also acquired a couple of new books last week. These two 'business' books which are really good. You can see a review on the Sewing Directory website I noticed today. They are also giving some copies away soon so go and have a look at their website for more details (and while you are there vote for me in the 'Best Sewing Blog' competition here!!) The others I bought with some tokens I received for Christmas. Haven't had chance for a proper read yet though.

and finally I attended my first ever Quilters group on Friday. It was great. There were so many people there who obviously knew their quilting and sewing. There was a very interesting speaker but best of all I was probably the youngest there by about 20 years. It was great and I am going to hang out there all the time now. I feel so young!! Another perk was the fabric sale they had for charity. It would have been rude to go home empty handed!!

 Phew - that was a long post. Thanks for getting to the end with me! Don't forget my giveaway too. A £50 experience day voucher for the winner to spend on whatever you like. More details here.


  1. Hi Louise, some gorgeous dresses, beautifully made and lovely material. Great idea to use the duvet bags.
    I bought 2 metres of the cherry oilcloth in the CK sale too. Intending to use majority for a tablecovering but I'll be interested to see what your followers suggest.
    I have a plain seatbelt pad, think I might jazz it up with a cover, what a good idea!
    Very nice material from your Quilter's Group, especially the anenome one.
    Carol xx

  2. A beautiful post Louise with so much promise for all those little dresses. A huge thank you to you for all the hard work you do in organising it all.
    A x

  3. oh lovely, that last fabric is a St Michaels (Marks and Spencer) vintage sheet, lucky lady!

    I've just emailed about getting the dresses picked up this or next wkd!

    Do you label the dresses? There is an interesting point about them having labels in on the Dress a girl front page, suggesting it helps to protect them! Worth thinking about if it's not been done already.

  4. Great little frocks and brilliant news about your contacts in India and Malawi. I hope my parcel has arrived safely with you too. x Jo

  5. Lovely dresses, and great news about the ones going to Malawi and India.

    That last fabric from the quilters group is gorgeous.

  6. Great news about sending dresses to Malawi and India. Thank you for working so hard on it.

  7. Such a lovely idea! Will have to fight my way through the ever increasing fabric pile to see what I can do for you.
    As for your oilcloth - I made a cover for my rotary washing line with something similar. And the Emma Hardy book is lovely - I have that too!

  8. Make a peg bag! too.
    Wow great post, and you have won 3m of bias binding, let me know what one (s) you want, email me and I can pop it in the post to you (along with the other one - I promised and STILL haven't sent.

  9. I salute your for sharing your blessings through giving out pillow case dresses, your effort is the best!

  10. We are totally loving these pillowcase dresses! Upcycling at it's prettiest and best - and all for a great cause too! Keep up the good work! Happy to put a little shout out for more to our sewing ladies and gents too.


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