Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Pillowcase Dress Challenge Meet-Up!


What are you doing on the evening of Tuesday 6th December? Do you fancy sewing some stuff for a good cause in a lovely venue while chatting to other sewing bloggers and drinking cocktails with names such as 'Mrs Pepper Pot'? Erm, yes please!

Alison from Peggy's Pickles got in touch to tell me about a great initiative she is involved with. She's set herself the challenge of making 52 dresses out of pillowcases to send to little girls in countries such as Malawi and Kenya who don't own any dresses themselves. She's doing it for Dress a Girl Around the World campaign run by Hope 4 Women International - you can read about her motivation here.

    

On 6th December from 6.30pm, you can come to Drink Shop & Do in London and embellish some of these dresses that Alison has made - bring along ribbons and other bits and bobs to prettify them with. Or you can make a dress or two yourself using this tutorial.

Plus you get to drink one of these...


If that isn't motivation enough, allow me to indulge in some false advertising - I have no idea if Karen or Carly are planning to attend, but here is a reprise of a lovely photo of them making stuff at Drink Shop & Do. This could be you:


Hope to see you there!

17 comments:

  1. I was just thinking we needed a new reason to meet up that wasn't necessarily fabric shopping! Count me in! Thanks, Tilly and Peggy.

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  2. PS That mulled wine sachet I made is still languishing in the bread basket on top of the microwave where I put it nearly A YEAR AGO!!!! I wonder if dust helps with the taste of mulled wine?

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  3. Woot! Count me in. I'm back to working in London for part of the time, so provided I can catch a train home at a reasonable hour afterwards this is all good :)

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  4. Count me in too. I got involved with that campaign earlier this year and making the little dresses was so satisfying. Will be lovely to meet up again too. Here's the link: http://handmadejane.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-sewing-diversion.html

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  5. if only Devon wasn't sooo far from everyone!! Have a lovely time, I may well join in at home. x x x

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  6. I wish I wasn't so far away so I can get to get together with others who love sewing for such a great cause! I guess I can be there in spirit and sew some pillowcase dresses this side of the pond.

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  7. Wow! I think your "Pillowcase Challenge" is an awesome idea. I wish that I could participate. But, I will be looking forward to your posts. Have a Great Day!

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  8. Will definitely be coming - such a great cause. And I LOVE mulled wine!

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  9. Feel good and fun, too. Count me in
    :)Alana

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  10. Wow, this looks so wonderful! And an early December date gives me just enough time to pack up and move across the Atlantic to London so I can join in. Well, one can dream anyway :)

    Can't help but feel if I had been sewing/blogging when I was studying for a few months in London I would've found a way to stay there! Oh how I love it there. Have fun!!

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  11. Ooh! I've already agreed to help out and am in the process of collecting pillowcases, would love to be involved in this too. Count me in!

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  12. My quilt group did this project this last summer in conjunction with a church group. We also made simple elastic band shorts for the little boys. Our clothes went to Haiti. Wonderful project.

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  13. Thanks Tilly, and everyone else - I look forward to seeing you there!

    If anyone has time to make a dress before they come I'd really appreciate it - am a bit concerned I won't be able to make enough!

    Alison

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  14. I won't be making it since I live in the states. But a sewing group I'm part of did this in the summer for the group "Little Dresses for Africa" and it was so much fun! If I had a daughter I think her summer staples would consist of pillow case dresses! They're so cute and breezy and there's so much you can do with them.

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  15. When I'm further along, I might make some clothing to be donated. But I think I'd spring for some actual real fabric instead of using an old pillowcase.

    This may be a worthy cause, but there's a Lady Bountiful aspect to this that turns me off.

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  16. Oh please do count me in!! A great cause, a cool venue and such wonderful company. I'm hoping to get a couple made before the event but I will bring some trimmings too. How exciting! Thanks for initiating Tilly x

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  17. Count on me too... beautiful initiative!

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