Friday, July 24, 2015

Pillowcase Dresses for Bolivia

These adorable little girls and cute pinafores are residing in the mountains of Guatemala. I'm considering taking some with me to Bolivia but cannot make them all myself.
Here's where you come in.
I'm looking for a simple pattern. I've found several online, but which one is the easiest?  I haven't had time to look this week, but maybe you have and know the answer. Please leave a link in the comment section or send me an email.

Secondly, who would be willing to help make one or two? The more I was reading about the little "pillowcase" dresses I realized it was so much more than clothing for them.

“We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE!”

"Little girls are often left to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. It is our hope that in delivering dresses to these young girls, that a seed will be planted in their hearts, in the name of Jesus, that they are worthy."

If enough of you would like to participate then we shall!  I'll be heading to Bolivia the end of October and I KNOW there will be many poor people who need hope. Wouldn't it be great to have a little part in that?

Let me know what you think. Happy weekend.
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49 comments:

  1. I bookmarked a site for making the dresses and love the idea, just need to try some.
    I am not at the machine much these days, but once I organize my rooms, I can start sewing again.
    Keep me informed so I don't forget, but i think it is a wonderful idea and would love to help.

    Debbie

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  2. This is something I would love to participate in also! I'll check around for some tutorials.

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  3. Count me in I would love to make some. Sally A

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    1. Sally, can you pls send me your email address so we can be in contact? Thanks!!

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  4. My small quilt group in Mammoth Lakes, Ca. used to make baby quilts for a small orphanage in Quito. Continue your good work there, Lori.

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  5. I would love to join you Lori. Lord knows we have plenty of fabric to share! Those children just tug your heartstrings.

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  6. I'd love to make and send you some dresses to take with you. I'll watch your blog for the pattern. Thanks!

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  7. I really want to do this -- Count me in!!

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  8. I'm in! I made some of these dresses a few years ago for a group going to Africa.
    Thanks!

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  9. I would love to do a few for you! Let me know where I can get a tutorial or a pattern!

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  10. I would love to make some dresses for you to take. Let me know when you find the pattern you want to use.

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  11. I would love to help with this project! I will look for some patterns today.

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  12. I'd be happy to help. Will look for patterns.
    How will you detemine sizes?

    How will you send/ bring them?

    lizzy

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  13. I'm in, too!! I haven't any experience with the patterns so will wait to see what you find out.

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  14. I know you mentioned the dresses but this also looks simple. Would you accept the skirts if they were sent along with a cute matching t-shirt? I'll try to make a few dresses.

    http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/07/skirting-issue-2014.html/

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  15. I'm in. Let me know about sizes, I'll do a few for older girls. They always seem to be left out and everyone makes/buys stuff for the littler ones. I saw this site, http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/pillowcase-dress-tutorial.html Looks like a good pattern

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  16. I would love to help. At least one, maybe more.

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  17. Look here for that pattern.....

    http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/pillow-case-pattern/

    GOOD LUCK! great project to start....

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  18. I'll make a few and bring them to you in Portland.

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  19. Lori, found a great tutorial in Pinterest, includes sizes,and how to make from fabric or pillowcases. http://dressagirlaroundtheworld-va.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/how-to-make-best-dress-ever-tutorial.html

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  20. I never made dresses. I'm waiting for your tuto and if I guess that I am able to make one or two, I will do them with pleasure !

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  21. Yes, I'm in! I haven't made them before so will watch for info. Loved seeing all the Sisters quilts! Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

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  22. Hi Lori. I just sent an email to you. I sew for Dress A Girl Around The World when my health allows, and their easy free pattern is here:
    http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/sewing-handbook
    I will be glad to sew and send some dresses for Bolivia :)

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  23. Hi Lori. I might be able to help, too. Please share the pattern.

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  24. I've looked around the site regarding the pillowcase dresses recently and would love to join in. It's been awhile since I made little girl dresses. There is also a site for making shorts for boys.

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  25. I have four all done and waiting to be sent. I was going to send them to Nancy's Notions but ended up in the ICU for a week and didn't get them sent. Looks like they were meant to come your way instead. If you can email me your mailing address I will get them in the mail next week. I used the pattern from Nancy's Notions.

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/category/video+demos/dresses+for+little+girls.do?sortby=priceDescend&sortType=1

    It has been converted to yardage and is so simple. A little 1/4" elastic, a package of double fold bias tape and decorative stitches on the hem or ties if you want and you have a dress in no time. You can also add pockets and lace if you feel so inclined. They go together so fast. I think it takes longer to measure the fabric cut the armholes and do the pressing than it does to make the dress. They have the pattern for four different sizes from small to X-Large.

    Hope you get a great response! Rina

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  26. Wonderful plan! I'd love to make a few.

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  27. I certainly am up for helping you. Get in touch when you are ready to start. Bubble@eastwell-house.co.uk

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  28. It's been a long time since I've made a dress but if it's simple then I would love to make some!! Waiting for details!

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  29. That sounds like a wonderful idea! I'll help! I might get rid of some of the yardage I bought and no longer care for!
    Ellie

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  30. I'd love to help! Waiting to read more!

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  32. I will make some, I never had a girl to sew for, only boys. This should be fun. Carline
    bandcanthony@gmail.com

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  33. I would love to be included too. Hugs,

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  34. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/482307441314544552/
    I found this tutorial for making the pillowcase dress from yardage, for those that don't have extra pillowcases, but do have lots of fabric... and who among us does not have that?! I'll see if I can get some others locally that will make a few for you to take along, Lori!

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  35. I use the pattern from Nancy's Notions to make the dresses from yardage--a great way to use up stash fabrics. The address is https://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf. Or just google "nancys notions little dresses for Africa patttern".

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  36. I'd like to help also. I'll watch for the pattern you've chosen.

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  37. I would like to help, as well! Love your blog!

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  38. Hope to see you this week; maybe we can talk about making dresses!!! Maybe we could even have a sew day! I'll be alone for a week! Interested??

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  39. I admire you so much Lori! If you find something that is easy....I would love to help and be a blessing too..........keep in mind, I am not a garment sewer.

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  40. Count me in.... Just waiting for pattern and then your address....

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  41. I'd love to help. I also need pattern, address and wonder when you need them by??

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  42. Nancy, of Blogging Near Philadelphia, wrote about your dress request. I made three dresses this weekend using the pattern on Nancy's Notions (all these Nancys...I'm one, too!) Please email me your address so I can send them to you after I show them off at my stitch group next week. Thanks.

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  43. Are you still accepting these little dresses? I have nine that I made this summer for my etsy shop, but would love to give them to some little girls who would enjoy them. I need an address to send them to. My email is: rjmggodfrey@gmail.com. Thanks for your help.

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