Dress A Girl Around the World evening

10 Mar

Last week I ran a sewing evening at my friend Rachels’ house.  We had 15 lovely ladies join us along with seven sewing machines, a pile of fabric, a Guiness cake and a dog and cat!

I’d spent some time in the afternoon cutting out dresses so they were ready for the ladies to sew when they arrived.  Most ladies had some sewing experience, so armed with instructions, elastic and bias binding they got on.

Dress a girl evening

Some of the ladies made yo yo’s/suffolk puffs and pockets to add to the dresses

Fabric flower

Dress a girl evening

I’d posted on my facebook page about the evening asking if anyone local had fabric to spare then we would happily turn it into dresses for them.  The lovely Donna Flower replied immediately and the next day I received a parcel of vintage fabrics in the post, it was almost all turned into dresses on the evening, these are a couple of the dresses we made with Donna’s donation:

Pillow case dresses

At this stage they don’t have pockets but I’m fairly sure they were added at a later point in the evening.

By the end of the evening 13 dresses were complete, there are not 13 pictured here but there were in the same fabrics as these.  We also had a donation of genuine African fabrics from a friend whose husband goes out to Malawi with his school to do some work each summer.  These fabrics were were quite stunning and culturally very appropriate.

Pillowcase dresses

It was a very fun but exhausting evening, I don’t think I stopped talking!  If you fancy getting involved then please do, Louise is the charity’s representative in the UK and co-ordinates getting dresses to where they need to go.  If you can help with getting dresses delivered overseas please contact her, I know she would be delighted if you could help.  If you’re not in the UK and want to get involved visit the Dress a Girl homepage.

Thanks very much to Rachel for hosting the evening and to all those how sewed, ironed and made tea!  I’d love to do it again.

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7 Replies to “Dress A Girl Around the World evening

  1. I’ve been waiting impatiently to see what the ‘dress a girl around the world’ evening entailed… and I’m not disappointed! Beautiful dresses and fabrics, and what a kind, creative idea. Very in awe. (Also, I couldn’t help but notice the bag hanging by the clock in your friend’s kitchen. Lovely. Yours?!) xkatie

  2. Congratulations on a successful evening in aid of such a worthwhile charity.

  3. Congrats on what looked like a fun and very productive evening for a very worthy cause!!! The dresses look great!!!

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