There is so much going on over here at Sewing by Annie's at the mo. What with theatre visits to see some pretty hunky young men work their magic on Sunday night [see post below] to a really wonderful workshop on our Funday Monday [see Twiglet's blog to catch a glimpse of the pretty dress she made]. There is always something going on here.
On Saturday, whilst in Shrewsbury, we popped into a few charity shops looking for pillow cases to make some dresses to be sent to Africa. If you check out Louise's blog at Sew Scrumptious you will see she is a collection point for these dresses and has now gathered over 100 [50 of which have already been taken out to Malawi ]. I have been watching this collection growing but had been really busy with the sewing business til now but was determined to join in by making a few. I was unable to find any suitable pillow cases but managed to find two single quilt covers [just £4.50 for the two so the charity shop benefited too] and after cutting curtains first thing Monday morning Twiglet and I set to and cut out 10 dresses from the quilt covers. Our friend T arrived for our Funday Monday armed with her own pillow case and we set about making. What a brilliant afternoon we had. There was much laughter and learning going on and of course the compulsory drinking of coffee/tea and eating of chocolate [thanks T].
Here is what was achieved in just one afternoon. 3 pretty little dresses. [Would have been more if I hadn't been disturbed by customers...they are just so thoughtless aren't they? :-) ] We cut self fabric bias strips for binding the arm holes and straps and these were easily pressed into shape using my clever bias binding making tool. [wouldn't be without it].
[ I am imagining them being worn maybe by 3 little girls in one family and a very proud mum pointing them out to her friends.]
As you can see the material to make the other 7 is close by and I promise I will make these as soon as I have cleared my mountain of sewing that is waiting for me.....
This is my 'to do' rail today. I know....boring boring boring but the, now 1098 customers, I have seem to like coming back for more :-) I'm still getting 2/3 new customers every week....where do they all come from?
...and yes, that includes curtains :-( huge ones that I have to shorten and join together back to back to make a door curtain!
And of course I have to leave you with a bit of colour out of my garden for this rather gloomy week.
Hold on to your hollyhocks girls!!
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