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Monday, July 19, 2010

Send Some Dresses for the Little Girls (Pillow Case Dress Instructions)

Hello Again!

A few of us have seen a great idea for "pillow case dresses." These are easy (and affordable) to make. Perhaps some of you would like to make some of these dresses for us to take to Ethiopia? Can you imagine the joy a little girl would feel to be able to pick out and OWN, a brand-new dress???

A google search yielded lots of "recipes" for these dresses. Here are a few sites that look pretty good to me:
  • Site #1 (you can click to get a pdf instruction sheet).
  • Site #2 (includes lengths for girls up to 8-9 years old)
  • Site #3 (includes tips for cute embellishments and etc.)
Most of  these patterns are for girls size 2T to 8-9 years old. "Site #3" includes the following tip: You can adjust a pillowcase dress for older girls as well, by simply cutting a bigger armhole and adding fabric to the hem. The nice thing about sizing a pillowcase dress is that it doesn't have to be precise. So, if you are handy with these things, please consider making some longer dresses for girls who are 10'ish to 13'ish years old!

Here are photos of these darling dresses. They are so cute!

  • On a related note, here is a pattern for a little "bandana dress"--very cute, too!
I think this project would be a great way to get even more people involved in our Be The Change / Change The World Tour 2010-2011!

Who wants to sew some dresses?


morgan said...

This is Morgan Deegan. (Alison's buddy) I just wanted to let you know that my family and I can crank out a few of those dresses for the little girls. Just let me know how many you were wanting and the approximate sizes/ages of the girls.
Morgan Deegan

Kim P. said...

This is Kim with EOR! What a great idea. My daughter has a few pillow case dresses and I love them.
Can I share your idea with friends of EOR? I think we might have some people would love to help make some dresses.

Thanks for all you do for the children of FOVC.

Lory Howlett said...

Hi Kim, Yes, please do share! These dresses will be sooooo easy to bring with us! Thanks, Lory

Shawn said...

Lory - I have 2 for you.