How utterly awesome!! How much fabric does each dress take? Is there a way my daughter and I can contribute to this with you?
It totally all depends on the size, but I'd say about a yard or so. The majority of these were made from pillowcases! I even made some out of colorful curtains and a teddy bear bed dust ruffle.. trying to be creative there, haha! A friend of mine donated some plain pillowcases to me & I tyedyed them all so they'd be nice and bright. I spoke a while back with an African missionary and she told me that tyedye was loved over there.
Just browsed google real quick and here are some tutorials.. there are many ways you can make them & different ways to do the arms (ribbon, bias tape tyes, etc.)http://www.aroomsomewhere.net/2007/07/pillowcase-dress-tutorial.html http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477 http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/2008/03/pillow-case-dress-tutorial.htmlwww.littledressesforafrica.org
is the website for where I got my idea. You can learn how to participate there..
You could make some and send them to me
so I can send them to my dad in Africa and he can distribute them himself at the orphange in Liberia. The main reason I am sending them for my dad to take is so that I will be able to see pictures of my actual dresses on the little girls AND I know exactly where they will be going. By sending them through that organization I'll have no clue what girl gets my dress. My dad said there is atleast 30 girls last time he went, and they range from little babies all the way to girls my age (15). I'll be sure to post pictures of the little girls with the dresses my dad gives them.
(if others sent me dresses & whenever my dad sends back pics, wouldn't it be fun to pick out your own dresses among the group?) And I really wouldn't worry about making too many.. he said if all the girls at the orphange got enough dresses, he could surely hand them out to other children living near where he stays. According to all the research I've done, it is very common for the children to only have one single outfit. (another idea- shorts for boys?)
I've been getting picked on at school lately from all this. "Oh, Miranda, Miranda.. she helps the homeless animals at the animal shelter.. she sends clothing to orphans in foreign countries.. I bet she feeds the homeless too!!" But I won't let it bother me.. I'm making a difference.