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Date: 12/8/10 5:19 PM

Anyone sewing "Little Dresses for Africa" & "Little Britches?"
I see Nancy's Notions sends them on to the orphanages.
See photos online at the official site.

Made a bunch for a craft sale here which didn't sell in this economy, now I'd like to send them, and more, to a specific orphanage (my awesome GD is from Ethiopia) but they have to
go thru an org. to get there safely.

Let me know your experiences, no one else in my neighborhood sews!

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Date: 12/8/10 8:25 PM

I have not made any yet, but I am hoping to get started on some this winter. I have a large quantity of chintz that I no longer need and it occurred to me that I could use it to make a lot of dresses. While it might not be the first choice for dresses (large floral), it should be comfortable and cool. I've also been picking up fabric and elastic at the thrift store for the britches ;-).

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Date: 12/9/10 7:02 AM

What a lovely idea. When I was a kidlet, my grandmother made all the grandchildren dresses out of curtains. It was even before the Sound of Music version of redecoration into play clothes. Anyway, Minnesota summers can have some hellishly hot days, and to be honest, those chintz dresses were wonderful in the heat.

Oh, and if you're wondering, all the grandchildren were girls, so no boys were wearing dresses in the 60s. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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Date: 12/9/10 7:05 AM

I'm in for this too. I bought some lovely fabrics at huge discount, and will me making up some dresses, but for larger girls. I just can't get the proportions right for little girls. I've got several patterns that will work for sundresses for those 5'5" and up, as I've worn them. They are as simple as can be, and I'll post full directions when I finish the transposition from pattern to general measured amounts of fabric.

That will be after I finish coats for mother and sister. YIKES!

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Date: 12/9/10 8:15 AM

What a wonderful memory. Now, whenever you watch Sound of Music, you can say, my grandmother did that!

Funny thing is, I had agonized over this large amount of chintz fabric -- no telling how many yards it is -- and almost took it to the thrift store, until I heard of Little Dresses for Africa.

No, I hadn't even imagined little boys wearing chintz .

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Date: 12/9/10 8:15 AM

This is a very worthwhile project, but I was concerned about the fact that most of the pictures showed long sleeves under the dresses...I haven't checked out the alternative patterns yet, but maybe sewing a selection of tshirts to go underneath the dresses might be wanted also, as well as the boys shorts.

While I was at the NN site, I found another project that interested me...sewing school uniforms for children in Haiti. I emailed the contact person, but have not heard back as yet. I do hope that they are still operational, as elsewhere, a founder said that she was leaving the program.

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Date: 12/9/10 8:54 AM

The SouthEast Michigan group sewed a lot of these in August/September. I expect to be making a lot in January for the fabric stash contest....

To save time when making these, we cut several layers at once, and then serged as many of the seams as possible.

Do you think that the dresses can be constructed of a rugby knit? I bought a LOT of this in May and think about using some for charity.

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Date: 12/10/10 7:50 AM

The knits would be great for the boys' "britches."

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Date: 12/10/10 8:04 AM

I have that NN pattern on my refrigerator. Teresa, if the SEMichigan group does this project again, I would like to help.

These are perfect when your sewing mojo is gone. I was doing that with child size quilts (donating when I accumulated a pile) but am ready for a different project.

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Date: 12/10/10 8:04 AM

Update:

The founder of Little Dresses for Africa contacted me with useful info.
They will send boxes of dresses to any Mission group traveling to Africa, SA, Central America, etc. She said she has thousands, so now the push is for delivery. This is the safe way to get items to specific villages and agencies, as mailing is unreliable and expensive.

I have referred her to the Gladney Foundation in Texas, the agency that handled my GD's adoption. When parents travel to pick up their adoptive child, they take as many suitcases of supplies as possible from the US.

If you work with any Mission groups, doctors, etc. contact Little Dresses online for a donation request form. Also see darling photos at www.littledressesforafrica.org.

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