Thursday, March 24, 2011
Dress A Girl Around The World is an organization that I was glad to learn about, and I wanted to make sure that you all know about it, too. The flyer above says "Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress." It is a sad thought that there are little girls who don't own a single dress, and this is something that we CAN do something about! I am so happy to make pillowcase dresses to send to this organization, and I bet you all would like to do the same.
Pillowcase dresses are SUPER EASY to sew, as I have recently discovered. You don't have to start with a pillowcase, but if you do they make up in about ten minutes. You can make them in the traditional way, using bias strips under the arms and casings at the top:
Or you can use elastic across the top, and put casings under the arms, instead:
This didn't work that well for me, and I will never try to put casings under the arms again! It would be better to use bias here, too; here are easy instructions at Rostitchery for a "safer pillowcase dress."
I will make the next ones this way, for sure.
As I said, you don't have to start with a pillowcase; you could start with a yard (or a bit less) of fabric, or even make one from a skirt:
So, I am sending these off to Dress a Girl Around the World now (after I clip those threads), but I plan to make more and better dresses soon, and send more again later. I hope some of you will sew some pretty dresses to send for other little girls, too. Please and thank you.