Friday, June 23, 2017

Little Dresses

A couple weeks ago some of the Sew Bee It girls got together for a sew day, and I was reminded that our guild's charity efforts this year are Little Dresses For Africa.  One of the girls was working on hers; she's generously making multiples in cute bright splashy floral prints.

We were encouraged not to use white which would show dirt, so I had to find something in my stash that would be suitable and which I had enough of. I ended up using a coral stripe, a green vine, and a blue marble.

Actually finding something large enough in my stash was a challenge. I didn't want to cut into large lengths of yardage planned for backings, and other than backings I usually collect half-yards or FQs of fabric. The minimum length of the size small (2-4) needs at least 5/8 yard. The medium (6-8) needs at least 3/4 yard. All sizes are supposed to use the full width of fabric.

I had enough of the green to make a Medium, no problem.

But then I got stuck. I had just enough length of the coral and the blue for size small, but I didn't have full width of fabric; I had about 36-38".  But I figured that should be enough girth for a toddler. After all, full width of fabric - 42" - is big enough to go around my bustline, and I'm certainly much larger than any toddler. So 36" in girth should be sufficient for a small child. I labeled the coral and blue dresses size Small Slim in case it matters.

These were fast and easy to make. I found a piece of ecru lace and added some to each dress. A little extra touch of prettiness can't hurt for these children, right?

So today I'm whooping about my Little Dresses and linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. My church has made those dresses several times and I love to see all of the different fabrics used when the dresses are folded and ready for delivery. Yours are adorable!

  2. So pretty! And yes, the lace is a perfect little touch!

  3. Your dresses are adorable and 3 little girls are gonna be so happy for a new dress. I've been involved in this effort for a few years as my cousin and her husband do a medical mission there every summer. My cousin likes to be able to hand out items as she sees patients and families. I also send a few small quilts and a couple large ones. It is winter there when they go in July and the houses get chilly. For this reason I have mostly gone to making the Little Dresses for Africa pattern that is the raglan sleeve giving them a bit more cover-up. Pictures I see of the girls many times have a t-shirt on under their dress. I keep an eye out for suitable fabrics that are colorful and bright and keep a collection going. I like the lace you added to your dresses--will keep that in mind.