Thursday, February 24, 2011

Africa Dresses


I got my sew on tonight.

I was all different kinds of jittery.

Every anxiety I had regarding that blasted, double-crossing bobbin was realized, but I pressed on.

With a little bit of help.

A little, a lot, whatevs.

I was the problem student in the class, and I'm ok with that if you are.

My fun friends Lindsay and Jess organized this rendezvous.

They gathered a group of crafty cats and wannabes (I can attest that there was at least one wannabe in the crowd...) for the event - Crafting Hope.

We each brought a pillowcase and the necessary supplies to stitch up a dress for a little girl in Africa.


As such, my propensity for buying vintage pillowcases at thrift-stores is officially legitimized.

We chatted and stitched.

Some of us became friendly with the seam-ripper.

It turns out that while I was prepared in the pillowcase area, I did not bring pins. Or a tape measure. Or elastic. Or seam binding. My homey Brooke totally hooked me up. Thanks, B.


I did have scissors in my basket, so I'm not totally lame.

I also happened upon a few crayon hearts, a random burlap bag, two vintage hankies and a sequined number 6. Bonus points, anyone?

Anyone?

This is what a finished dress looks like - courtesy of Lindsay - Sewing Maven Extraordinaire.

She also has the patience of a Saint, or so I've been told.

In the end, everyone finished a dress.

With one notable exception.

But I'm not naming any names.


To be continued...


UPDATE!!

Click here for a link to full instructions.

42 comments:

  1. ha! sorry.not ha at you...well, okay,kinda. but that's so something i'd do, be the only one undone. and i LOVE that pillowcase!

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  2. AWESOME mama. Love it. Love your spirit. The Seam Ripper, a fabulous invention.

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  3. A friend and I were just talking about doing something similar yesterday...love it! What group/organization are you working with? I'd love more details!

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  4. What a cool project. I recently packed my sewing machine away after having it sit all cute and invitingly in my office for close to 3 years, untouched because I too fear the bobbin. I always say I'll have my mother or my sister thread the thing for me when they're visiting so I can craft away at who knows what, but I don't. So I admitted defeat. Not you though! Thanks for visiting my little blog the other day. Hope you have a nice weekend...

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  5. What an awesome idea...email me any details you have...I'd love to organize one of these sewing "parties" in my neck of the woods!

    -XOXO

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  6. Way to step out there and begin the process of facing your fears of the bobbin.

    I saw the final products... everyone did a real nice job!

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  7. Wow you're quick! ha ha, I'm just glad for no major hang ups, it's been a LONG time since I attempted anything on a sewing machine, and I've never been proficient. Hopefully this will get me going on some things I've been wanting to do, but in the meantime, it was nice to make something for a purpose!

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  8. Wonderful project! Cutie little dresses. :)

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  9. beautiful, and i love the {heart} in it. what love.

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  10. I was thinking about sewing, but now I'm scared again. The dang bobbin. It's the stuff of nightmares. I think those dresses are so so precious.

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  11. You did awesome and you're putting so much effort into it, that means a lot.
    Tracey

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  12. this is wonderful!! what a beautiful gift to the mother who gets to dress her little girl in a pretty dress...and for the little girl who gets to wear it! this kind of love is what makes the world go round!

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  13. Oh, that has to be one of the sweetest things ever! What a lovely thing to do.

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps I wish that grammar check would stop trying to correct my "What a.." sentences. Well, it didn't like that sentence either. hmm...

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  14. those dresses are so sweet. And maybe y'all should divide the labor, they sew and you buy cute pillowcases. Sounds fair to me.

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  15. You kill me. Love the dress. Love your smile.

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  16. I love it!! ALL of it!! What a great idea! Just how big do pillowcases come anymore? I could see myself totally rocking that look. Darling for little girls, however, hubs probably wouldn't let ME out of the house dressed in a pillowcase!

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  17. And all from a pillowcase!! That is so lovely. And what a fabulous excuse to have a fun get-together.... I could live with that!

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  18. So lovely!! I am in awe of your recent post on Emilys blog and just wanted to say thanks for giving us all hope!!

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  19. That's a really cool project. I've seen these before, but have never made one.

    I like...

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  20. LOVE!!! Keep stepping out,Girl especially when it involves vintage pillowcases,sewing machines and blessing those precious little girls.. (:
    xx, B


    And the earlier cantaloupe..I'm laughing because in January I was determined to cut all extra groceries..then comes February, of course still in full winter fashion and I'm grabbing up all the fresh fruits & veggies I can just to cope (:

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  21. lordy mercy! that is the cutest little dress I've ever seen. I've seen this before, but never ventured out to do it. That is the coolest thing that you got together with the girls to sew!

    I'm certaily inspired to make one now;)

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  22. What a cute little dress! Such cleverness astounds me. I can tell you, though, I'd be totally in your shoes if I were to go to a sewing party...which I'd probably never do....so I actually wouldn't ever really be in your shoes...

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  23. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!! Love it. Good playtime and making something important (Or trying to make it at least) LOVE IT

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  24. I'm so glad you came Shannan! And for the record, 90% of your issues can be traced back to that machine. I had forgotten how temperamental it can be. Next time, you can sew on my machine and I promise it will go more smoothly.

    But no matter, I know the precious little girl who receives your dress will feel every ounce of love that was sewn into it and won't notice a single misplaced stitch.

    Love you. And proud of how you faced your fears head on. :)

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  25. I just pray my dress stays together :) LOL and any time you need some extra elastic just give me a holla! ;)

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  26. What a neat idea - congrats on finishing a dress.

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  27. Can I tell you that I was awarded a "D" in home economics because I could not thread the bobbin on a 300 year old sewing machine. The teacher had it out for me. My mother can sew an outfit out of a paper napkin. I can't thread a testy bobbin.

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  28. Beautiful pillowcases. I have been wanting to make some too but haven't. What a great cause.

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  29. love that!!! your heart and humor always encourage me!!!

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  30. So cute! What a wonderful thing to do. Do you have the "recipe"?

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  31. ooh, i love this! want to hear more about this group! would love to get something like this going in my neck of the woods...

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  32. such cuteness! sewing sometimes makes me want to pull out all my hair a strand at a time (it's always the bobbin!), but it's so satisfying in the end!

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  33. What a sweet idea-and the dresses are cute, to boot! You should be so proud of yourself for doing a good thing and tackling something that you aren't super comfortable doing.

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  34. This is so cute! I just had a book in my hands called Crafting Hope. Is it the same book? Those dresses are adorable. I can't sew. I'd have to put mine together with duct tape.

    :)

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  35. What a sweet idea!
    I'm eagerly awaiting part two.

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  36. Love your little dresses! They are adorable.
    -FringeGirl

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  37. O.K., this totally cracks me up because that is exactly what my sewing box (if I even had such a thing) would be like--full of useless cr*p. I always say I did NOT get the crafty gene. We could be twins. :)

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  38. You are just not even the same girl I met all those many months ago. Sewing? Crafting? Wow. I love the pillowcase dress. I want to make one for Emma. I want to make one for me!

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  39. Love the idea. I would love to organize one of these!

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  40. These are beautiful and I would love to make one for the girl we sponsor as well as my girls. Love your vintage pillow cases too! Where do we find instructions?

    Rene

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  41. 'twas easy-peasy, wasn't it? are these going to little dresses for africa? if so, i hope mine ends up close to yours. :)

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  42. I love this idea. Can't wait to see your finished project. Maybe you will inspire me to use my fancy sewing machine that my sweet mother in law gave me. It just sits and stares at me every day! :)

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