|I'm sorry the photos aren't very bright. It has been raining for days here. No rain this morning but it was overcast. Click on the photos to enlarge them.|
I wanted to support a cause and some lovely ladies at two other blogs. Ashley and Emily over at Frances Suzanne ( http://francessuzanne.blogspot.com/) have a wonderful year long sew-along called "Flip This Pattern". Most of the patterns they have lined up are pretty contemporary but I thought that I would join in on the fun during one or two of the months. I decided that this would be the first month due to something I read on Project Run and Play (http://www.projectrunplay.com/2013/07/skirting-issue-2013-fact-sheet.html).
The ladies at Project Run and Play have an annual sewing event during July called "Skirting the Issue" where readers are urged to sew items and donate them to different charities. They post tutorials all month for various items (skirts, blankets, pillowcases) but you can make anything that would be needed. They encourage you to find charities in your own area to give the items to but they also give an address where you can send them and they will distribute to the appropriate charities. I have made a couple of things and will post about them at a later time. One of the facts mentioned on their "Skirting the Issue" fact sheet (HERE) is the need for older children. Preschool and toddlers are usually covered.
All the above info is the reason for the dress below. It will be given to a charity near me. (It will go to the battered women and children's shelter.) The pattern is Oliver + S "Roller Skate Dress" in size 10. It seems short/slim to me so I am going to label it size 8/10. I made it using two of Susan Winget's fabrics: "Birds of a Feather Dogwood" and "Beautiful Blooms Apple Blossoms".
I like the total lining in the dress and chose a soft, soft polycotton batiste in blue for the lining. I cut simple flowers and leaves to echo the flowers in the prints and fused them with Wonder Under. I then just stitched around the shapes with a short straight stitch.
I also made a 'library book' bag to go with the dress. It is lined with Susan Winget's "Beauty and Grace Butterfly Texture" in green. Inside I put a little pocket for a library card and pocket money. The bag and handles are interlined with a fusible stiff/thick interfacing.