Happy Monday! I wanted to share with you a couple of dresses I made a few weeks ago. I am just getting around to photographing these pillowcases dresses:
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#DIY dresses for little girls in Haiti 💗 I know lace isn't necessary for someone who doesn't have anything to wear but I feel that clothes should make us feel pretty so I added this #vintage #lace . And this happens to coincide with day 8 of #sewphotohop @houseofpinheiro #fashionbehindtheseams #sewing #isew #haiti
Initially, I had purchased this sheet set to create pillow cases for my daughter.. and a fitted sheet to match. I re-purposed the adult size pillow cases to make smaller pillowcases. Jazz didn’t care for them at all. She insisted on having her boring white pillowcase back. So I re-purposed them yet again into pillowcase dresses. This is my 1st time applying bias tape on the arms and neck. It isn’t perfect, but I am sure it will be perfect for some little girl. Besides, perfection is over-rated and exhausting. I wake up every morning aiming to be an “imperfectionist” 🙂
Here is the back view
I used pink bias tape on the 2nd dress. On this one, I topstitched the bias tape as opposed to stitching in the ditch and it didn’t ripple.
I know that these are going to girls that have nothing to wear, lace is obviously not needed, but I want them to feel pretty. So I added this vintage lace . I created ties for the waist with leftover fabric. I am so in love with the lace. I found that lace at an estate sale..
Here is what the dress looks like without the tie.
A little bit of backstory on these dresses. I have been wanting to sew for charity for a while, but it never happened. After I moved into the basement studio, I have been in here so much sewing, might as well sew some more 🙂 I met a couple from Haiti a month or so ago, who told me they send barrels of clothes back to Haiti. I took their contact info, but then misplaced it. Fast forward a few weeks, I finally hired some help to come watch my daughter so I can work on Mondays. Her church does a lot of outreach work, including sewing dresses for girls in Haiti. I jumped on the opportunity. She is taking these to her Church to be mailed. My hope is that I can contribute one or two dresses a month.
I have been sewing for another little girl….My darling Jazz! I made her a beautiful dress from an 80’s prom dress, here is the before.. I will post the outcome soon. It turned out so pretty. She loved it.
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I'm about to chop up ✂️✂️✂️this monstrosity and turn it into a Minnie Mouse dress for my kid . I plan on reusing the pink for her skirt and making the bodice in a soft ponte knit. This thing is velvet and has shoulder pads and sleeve headings 😵 wish me luck #upcycle #repurposed #minniemouse #fashionbehindtheseams
I will see you soon with the before and after of the Minnie mouse dress.. and you can vote on who wore it best 🙂