Friday, August 1, 2014

{the Purge} Little Dresses + Links + Prizes

Purge buttonAre you purging along?  Come one, come all to show us purge progress for your chance to win from Fabricworm!

But first, I have more Purge inspiration for you!  If you have larger cuts of unloved fabrics, say 3/4 yard and larger, you can whip up some Little Dresses for Africa in a jiffy.  These are simple pillowcase dresses that are collected by an organization and forwarded to Africa to be gifted to children by relief teams.  (You can also make britches for boys, by the way.)  They're really easy to make, even if you've never done clothing before.  Just follow this tutorial, designed for folks sewing from yardage.

Little Dresses for Africa

As a part of my Purge effort, I recruited some local sewing friends to sew along with me.  In advance of our sewing night, I cut out the dresses, so I'd be available to organize and troubleshoot.  Little Dresses for Africa needs a variety of sizes.  Use your bigger cuts of fabric to make larger dresses.  That's perfect when having very little leftover is the point!

Little Dresses for Africa

Once the girls arrived, we found a job for everyone and made these assembly line style.  The jobs in order:  pressing elastic casings and hems, stitching elastic casing/stuffing elastic, sewing side seams (French seams are great!), attaching bias tape at armholes and the final hem stitch.

Little Dresses for Africa

Altogether we made 5 Pretty Potent dresses in a couple of hours.  Nice!  Yay for bright colors and girly prints.  Even if they weren't totally inspiring my quilting, they had potential for sure.

Little Dresses for Africa

These two little dresses are my favorites.  Don't you think that the coneflower dress with the pale mint straps is going to be just gorgeous on someone with a dark complexion?  Such a win-win to use bold fabrics this way! 

If you make Little Dresses for Africa as part of your purge, don't forget to snap a photo before sending them off!

{the Purge} Link-up and Prizes

Have you been purging along?  Add a photo that documents your purge progress to enter to win this week's prize.  Maybe you've made some blocks for a purge quilt, sold or donated some fabrics, cut tons of scraps into useable squares - anything that you've done recently to Purge your stash or sewing cupboards counts!  If you're participating in more than one purge effort, feel free to add more than one photo for more chances to win.

Note:  Please do not add photos that you used to enter the previous Purge link-up.  This link-up is for progress you've made since then. Thanks!

This week's prize is sponsored by Fabricworm.  Purging makes room for a new flush of helpful fabrics.  Fabricworm happens to have stock in the tantalizing Cotton & Steel collections, including Cotton & Steel basics.  Some very lucky ducky (and I'm seriously jealous) will win a fat quarter stack of the Dottie rainbow sampler.  That's 14 fabrics total of dottie, stripie goodness.  Swoon.


Add your photo(s) now through midnight (eastern time) Wednesday, August 6th to enter to win this Dottie fat quarter bundle.  You may upload a photo directly from your computer, no url necessary, no blog necessary. Click the blue "Add your link" button below the photos to add your photo.  Winners will be contacted by email on Thursday.  Good luck!

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Congrats to #29, Laurie Boehs, who is our winner.  Keep on making those great scrappy boxes!



18 comments:

  1. What a nice way to use unloved fabric (even though these prints are pretty lovable if you ask me). I might have to whip up a few !!

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  2. How fun! I spent most of the Kids Clothes Week using up little pieces of fabric. Kids shirts and tanks are perfect for using up the small bits. I shared a couple in the link up :)

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  3. I don't make clothing and need for the charities I donate to are quilt requests. Two quilts from purge are going to the Quilt Angel Project and I donated 3 print/paper boxes of fabrics to a local church group who make utility quilts for a nearby Indian Reservation.

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  4. Love the little dresses. I started singing the Mellencamp song...little pink houses for you and me...when I read your post. :)

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial and info on the dresses for Africa. It's a wonderful idea and I'm certainly going to make some.

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  6. Adorable dresses! And to think of all the little girls running around in them melts my heart. Thanks for sharing such a great idea and the tutorial. I have just the fabric that was waiting for a project like this :)

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    1. That's great to hear! It's so worth blogging about then =)

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  7. Another idea is to make breast feeding covers for mom's whose babies are in the NICU...sometimes for months. They use them to cover up while pumping at the bedside, to hold their babies skin-to-skin, and when babies are healthy enough to breast feed.

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  8. I'm having trouble uploading my photo, hopefully it'll work at home.. I'm using up my scraps from initial fabric purchases of flannel (originally use to make receiving blankets) into a child-sized quilt! Although after I finished the first top, I realized I had enough scraps of flannel left to make a second, so I'm still purging along! :)

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    1. If you continue to have trouble, please feel free to email me your photo so that I can upload it for you.

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  9. These are such a joy to sew and especially when you get to see the little girl in them. I had over a hundred to Uganda last summer and got to see several little girls smiling in their new dresses. I'm currently going thru my stash and sewing them for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

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    1. Oh, what a good idea to send them in those boxes. Genius!

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    2. I'm also including a long sleeve t-shirt with each so they can wear them in cooler weather. You have inspired me to finally get at my dress scraps -- I have my first ever truly stash, scrappy dress half done. I'll share it when it is done. Thanks for the purge party!

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  10. I'm excited! I have a Purge post in my queue, but I hadn't gotten around to fixing pictures and writing it up. I think I can get it done and linked by tomorrow. :) If not, I'll definitely catch the next round. This has been one of my favorite "linky" events - I so needed it! The inspiration has been really helpful.

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  11. This is a lot of fun and I have plenty I'd like to purge! :) Looking forward to playing along and also have shared on facebook for others to join! Thanks! :)

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  12. Just made it in under the buzzer! Wasn't sure I'd have anything to list, but I just finished the top and backing with some stash fabric and orphaned one-block-wonder half-hexagons. Whew!

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