Sunday, September 21, 2014

Little Dresses for Africa

Yesterday I spent the day at an open sew at Heritage Arts Days. My mother and mother-in-law both went along, and for most of the day they finished sewing together children's dresses and shorts for Little Dresses for Africa

My friend, Irene, spends a significant amount of time getting the basic forms together and serged, and then brings them in so the arm holes and ties can be finished, and elastic in shorts threaded through. Then each one was decorated with something special--trim, lace, whatever could be matched. They were just adorable! A pocket added, with even a little toy or pair of panties, is welcome, too.

The goal of this non-profit is to give hope and dignity to children and the people who care for them. If you're interested in the project, there are downloadable patterns on the site for dresses, shorts, and sani-panties. They accept any simple pattern for a dress, and will give some specifics about what cannot be accepted and why. Other needs are listed under donate to give you ideas. Your box can be sent to an address in the States, and will be sent on from there.

Even if you are not able to do this, it's a straight forward project for someone who might not have sewn in a while and is eager for a sewing purpose. Can you think of anyone still harboring a stash of fabric and trim?

Please consider passing it on as a valuable project and organization. 

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