I have had blog-free days last couple of weeks. I have been busy with work, and I had a couple of birthdays to celebrate. I have been spending my free time on shopping for the birthday gifts, and also shopped for the mother's day gift. I know I have missed some goodies out there in blogland, but I am feeling happy because I also squeezed shopping for myself and bought some really pretty fabric :)
So this weekend we attended the last birthday to celebrate in April, and I thought I could get back to sewing now. Instead of making something for my daughter, I decided to make those pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl around the World.
I never thought of sewing something for someone other than my daughter or our dog. The reasons for that are:
1) I am not really good at sewing. I do love sewing and creating things, so I keep sewing. But I do make mistakes often and I am still learning.
2) I do not own a serger. I feel zigzag treated hem is only good for personal use.
But I learned about Dress a Girl around the World project from Pam from Threading My Way. Pam has sewn and displayed many beautiful dresses for this cause, and I was encouraged to make few dresses too.
I thought I could make a simple pillowcase dress or a peasant dress, using French seams on the sides. Pillowcase dress seems to be the standard dress for Dress a Girl project, so I went with pillowcase dresses following their measurements.
I was lucky to find this fabric from clearance rack at Hancock Fabric. It is thick and not see-through. I think this can be called "quality cotton" that Dress a Girl project asks for, and the best of all, it is fun and pretty flower print that I believe little girls would like.
I used store-bought bias tape for the dresses. Homemade bias tape could have added more to the dresses, but I just did not have time and also did not want to add another element that I could make mistakes ;)
After adding ricrac to the first dress, I realized I did not have enough for the second one. So I added a pocket to this one.
I have made pillowcase dresses before, but this was my first time using the bias tapes as the ties. I like how neat they look, but I had hard times sewing straight lines on them. For the personal use, I think I still like the look of ribbons and bows.
Since I finished those dresses in April, I added them to the Dress a Girl challenge in Hopeful Threads.
While I wait for the reply form the area representative for Dress a Girl project, I am thinking of making a couple more of dresses, since the charity does not end in April.
Linking up to those fun parties.