We need you (yes you). Pillowcase dresses are go!

Further to our update last week on the Dress A Girl Around the World campaign, coordinated by Louise at SewScrumptious, we are dedicating this week’s craft club to making some dresses. They are really simple to make and are ideal for novices to have a go at sewing.

There are two ways to make the dresses. There is a pattern dress which can be cut from about a metre of fabric. I rustled up a test one last week and it really is quite simple. This has an elasticated neckline and the armhole binding is continued to use as a shoulder tie

pillowcase dress, dress a girl around the world

The second way is to cut away some armholes and the neckline from a ready made pillowcase (hence the name) and add a draw through neckline using ribbon to create the gathers at the neckline and to give the ties for the shoulders.

Claire, the fabulously talented secretary of Stoke Newington WI has posted a video tutorial of how to make the pillowcase dress. Take a look and see how easy it is to do.

Linked with permission

We’d love you to join us this Wednesday (25th April) at SIDAC social club, 7.30pm to make a dress. Or just come along and see how one is made and maybe go away and do one.

We’ve got some supplies, but if you want to make a dress from scratch, here is what you will need to bring:

  • 1 plain pillowcase (not too worn or see through if preloved or Matalan sell a pack of 2 for £3) or approximately 1 metre fabric
  • an additional strip of contrast fabric if you want to make the pattern dress with contrast band or add a pocket
  • 2m of bias binding if making pattern dress or 1/2m if making from pillowcase
  • 1/2 inch wide elastic (if making elastic casing dress)
  • coordinating thread
  • ribbon for pillowcase dress
  • scissors
  • pins
  • safety pins
If you have any questions, please ask, and let us know if you can make it.
The dresses are then sent to little girls who have had trauma or poverty in their lives and the difference a pretty dress can make to them is evident in some of the photographs Louise has of recipients. Lets hope we can put a smile on a few more little girls faces. Are you up for it?
Photo credit: http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk/
Photo credit: http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk/
If you can’t sew but have some pillowcases you would like to donate then we would be happy to receive them.
Sue Morris - April 26, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Gorgeous little dresses – I hope you made loads last night!

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