Hello, everyone!! I am excited to be back today, after a bit of a break. I didn’t post last month because it was a bit crazy!! Today I have a very special post for you. In 2013 I met a blogging friend who introduced me to a special cause. Have you heard of Project Yesu? It is an organization that was started by an 11 year old girl. Yes, you read that right, Mallory was 11 when she started this wonderful and amazing project. Go visit her website to hear her story.
Basically she wanted to do something to help the kids in Uganda so she started a Pillowcase Dress drive. That first year I made and sent her about 5 dresses I think and 5 shorts for boys. Last year I didn’t get a chance to send a package, but I did make a bunch of dresses. This year I made one dress and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a little late to send her dresses for this year, but you can start making these dresses and send them to her for next year. You can contact Mallory through her website to get the address to send the dresses to.
Here’s the most recent dress that I sent:
This is the completed dress. Isn’t it so cute?!! I absolutely LOVE the pattern! When I saw it at JoAnn’s a few weeks ago I just knew I had to make a pillowcase dress with it! I love how it turned out!
A close up of the bow.
Here’s the back. For the bigger dresses you need to make a slit in the back. I made mine 11 inches for this size 14 dress. I’ve never made a big dress like this so it was different. I usually make dresses for the little girls and babies.
Here’s a close up of the slit in the back. I wasn’t sure if I needed to hem it so I just folded the fabric in once and sewed it up.
If you ever make a dress like this you’ll want to make sure that you sew a line down the middle of the ribbon casing at the top so the ribbon doesn’t come out. I circled where I had sewn the line down the middle so you can see.
You can find the pattern for this Pillowcase Dress over at Sew Like my Mom. It’s super easy and once you get it down, it only takes about 30 minutes or so to make a dress.
I made a bunch of shorts for the boys as well. These are really easy to make. I used this tutorial from Calia Made to make these shorts.
Megan’s a full-time mom and a part-time professional photographer. When she’s not busy cleaning up after 3 wild and crazy boys and hubby, she can be found holed up in her craft room making things. She loves to sew, scrapbook, make cards and create. She blogs over at Crafty Meggy expressing her creative side in a house full of boys. She posts all about her crafting, organizing and cleaning adventures.
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