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This Saturday, as part of my new Make It Better… enterprise, we Dressed A Girl Around the World!

And not just  one girl, 34!!!

That’s right, we made 34 pillowcase dresses on our sewing day 🙂

It was SUCH a great day. So many people came and it exceeded all of our expectations.

Thankyou so so so much to each and every person who came and gave up their precious time to come and make a dress (or two, or even three!) to really make a difference to a little girl’s life.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Supplies-ready and waiting…

The first finished dress! This lovely lady went on to make TWO more 🙂

The Hall was packed-we kept having to find more tables!

Our youngest helper, modelling the beautiful dress that she and her mum made!

Big Smiles!

Thanks for to the lovely Pat who came early to help us set up, and stayed late to help tidy up, AND made two dresses!

This great mother and daughter team made four dresses between them!

Fabulous spotty fabric!

Great job girls 🙂

Sewing machines in action-we had 6 altogether, and could have done with a couple more..!

Another gorgeous model with another gorgeous dress!

LOVE the flowers!

So pretty!

It almost fits!

I love the pockets and lace detail on this one


How sweet is this little dress?!

We ran out of hangers and space to show them all off properly, but here they all are!

The pictures don’t do justice to the dresses and all their wonderful makers!

Thankyou once again to everyone who came, to Christ Church in Warminster for very kindly allowing us to use the Hall, and to my wonderful neighbour, who very generously covered the costs of the Hall hire as she was unable to attend on the day.

I have had several people ask where they can get the pattern from to make some more at home. All of the information you need is on the Sew Scrumptious blog. There is more information about the charity and some links to patterns here, the armhole templates are here, and the pattern instructions that we were using on Saturday were from are from an article Louise (the UK co-ordinator for Dress A Girl Around the World, author of the Sew Scrumptious blog, on-line fabirc shop owner, and all round lovely person!) wrote for Simply Homemade magazine and are here!

Would love to see some pictures if anyone makes anymore!

We had such a great day, we are doing it all over again on the 8th June! We have decided to have a “Charity Sewing Bee”, with a range of projects for all levels of sewers, including making more of these fab dresses.

So mark the date in your diary! Will post with more info ASAP 🙂

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  • Reply KnitNell May 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What a fantastic day – congratulations to all those involved.

    • Reply Jen May 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm


  • Reply Fiona@staring at the sea May 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That’s fantastic Jen! I’m happy to see another date, as I was at a memorial weekend for an old school and couldn’t make this one.

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Would be brilliant if you could come Fiona!

  • Reply Ruth May 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

    This is such a great project and you guys are fab for making so many! I’m doing a couple in the next few weeks, but would love to go to a Charity Sewing Bee – awesome idea!

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Ruth! Are you anywhere nearby (it is being held in Warminster)? Would love you to come along!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo May 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Well done (to you all), and you thought noone was going to turn up! Yet another shining example of how you are making a difference. You go girl. :o)

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Jo-it far exceeded my expectations!

  • Reply Hazel May 14, 2013 at 5:54 am

    It’s such a relief when people actually turn up isn’t it?! (Or is that just me?)
    Well done Jen. 34 little girls will now have a lovely new dress thanks to you! I know you didn’t personally make all of them, but I bet most of them wouldn’t have got made without you providing the opportunity 🙂

    Re: Jayne’s comment about how materialistic we are here- My 9 year old and I were chatting about the differences between the countries these dresses are going to and the UK.
    She’d noticed that the very pretty fabric I was using matched her duvet and asked if it was her pillowcase I was using. It wasn’t (the set came with two and I whisked one away ages ago) but we decided that things definitely weren’t right in the world when her bed linen was nicer than the clothes owned by these little girls…

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

      A HUGE relief Hazel! Isn;t it great that in making them you also got the chance to talk to your daughter about ‘bigger’ things too-I often think it is really hard to do this with kids without sounding like you are lecturing them and them switching off-well done!

  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty May 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    What lovely dresses and a great project!

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Zoe! We had such a fab day 🙂

  • Reply mehubbyandthekids May 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    34 is absolutely fantastic. Well done you should be very proud of yourself

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thankyou! I am chuffed to bits! Far exceeded any of my expectations 🙂

  • Reply Jayne Mosedale May 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Those dresses are great. My friend went to Goa last March to an orphanage for two weeks and took lots of them over there. They were really appreciated. The children loved them. It makes you think about how materialistic we are here in the UK. Your website is great!

    On 13 May 2013 19:01, My Make Do and Mend Year

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Jayne. Thankyou so much. It’s so lovely to know that the dresses are appreciated, and it does indeed make you realise just how much we take for granted…

  • Reply Hattie May 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    You are so brilliant! Now I just need a little girl to sew for!

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Hattie! Make a dress and send it to Louise (@SewScrumptious) and she will get it sent out to a little girl who needs it. They do patterns to make shorts for the boys too.

  • Reply Sew Scrumptious May 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    You ladies rock!! What an amazing day. That is fabulous. Such pretty dresses. Thanks so much for organising Jen. That is brilliant! xxx

    • Reply Jen May 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Can’t take all the credit Louise-had lots of help from Verity (and she provided all the technical assistance!)

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