Required disclosure: I am a paid Brother Ambassador. Not required: I absolutely love Brother Machines.
Several readers have written asking if they may participate in the Garments for Ghana project. Others asked how our project operated so they might do a similar event in their own community. When I mentioned in response to a comment on this topic that I might write this post, at least one promised that she (sweet Sandee) would not find these details boring. I hope she is not the only one because I am going ahead with this.
Before I began, I was given some direction from the mission team leaders. The request was for bright colors, since the landscape there is pretty bleak. We did that. Check.
Second, there must be no buttons or closures that might break or need replacement. Such replacement is not an option for mothers in these areas. Check. Elastic at the neckline was the only closure notion. I know elastic gives out after a couple of years, but I expect these garments will be worn out long before the elastic is.
Third, in many African nations and apparently in Ghana, bare shoulders for girls and perhaps adult females, is taboo. So we needed some sort of sleeve. Check. I did notice early on that many photos of pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa showed the girls wearing a tee shirt under their dresses. Now I see that the site offers a free pattern that has a sleeve, much like the pattern I used.
Fourth, each garment must be marked with its size. I had a bag of labels for sizes 1-5 and for the others I embroidered sizes on grosgrain ribbon in the hoop. Ladies who worked from home used a sharpie to write on ribbon, which like the others, was tucked into the elastic casing at the back. Continue reading
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Tagged 5berries Cecilia Peasant Dress pattern, boy cargo pants, Brother Dream Machine, Brother sewing machines, charity sewing, Fuddie Duddie Casey pattern, organize charity sewing, quick girl dresses
This is the first of 7 clotheslines that hung from the walls in fellowship hall.
Required disclaimer: I am a paid Brother Ambassador. Not required: I genuinely LOVE Brother machines.
UPDATE: The first picture is in from Ghana! Though this little girl is not needy, I think she is the daughter of Ghanese pastor who hosts the mission team. Gayle had said this child would be given first choice. She certainly looks pleased. Her father reported that she didn’t want to take off the dress and slept in it!
What an exciting, satisfying project this has been! Since the end of Feb. a group of ladies and 4 children of River City Church, EPC, have gathered every Thursday to sew for the needy children of Ghana. Our goal was to make 100 garments. We finished the last week in May with 76 dresses and 44 pairs of shorts!
Getting started with basic instructions.
Starting a pair of cargo shorts.
Our efforts were in support of this summer’s second medical mission trip to Ghana, led by a church member Dr. Lyle Wadsworth and his nurse wife Gayle.
NOTE: Please excuse the wrinkled dresses. The garments were pressed before being hung on the clothesline. But after being packed for shipment to Ghana, many were unpacked to be photographed. It was just too time consuming to iron all of them.
Overturned yo-yo’s created puffy balloons. The teepee bag covers a runaway balloon.
My goodness but life has a way of keeping me busy and away from writing blog posts! But I have been sewing. Here us a sampling of some of my projects.
I found this heart headband slider as a freebie (for a short time only) for Valentine’s Day at Tattered Stitch. It makes up quickly and was a big hit with my granddaughter 6 yo Vivian Rose. She wore it to the family’s special Valentine breakfast and then to school.
Vivian Rose at the family’s special Valentine breakfast.
It was so quick and easy to make that I made 18 for the little girls at church. They were delighted. This is just the first batch I made.
Then Aunt Rheeta made her annual pilgrimage to Florida to escape Indiana’s bitter cold winter weather. She sewed and sewed, making 10 mug rugs. Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of all of 12, but she made a set of 4 hunting themed mug rugs for each of two of her sons, one more feminine design for her daughter and one for her house/dog sitter.
Then she made these two for Joanne and Kyle, parents of precious baby Bea. She said she has been praying for them since March so they almost feel like family. She went to our Bible study group at their home and was so pleased to meet this lovely couple and spend time with darling Beatrice. Kyle loves to hunt so one is for him and the fall print seemed to go well with Joanne’s home decor.
My latest blog post at Brother’s Stitching Sewcial is up, named From Sea to Shining Sea.
Yes, the embroidery design Born in the USA is crooked and I just now noticed!!!!! Oh, dear, I was so focused on the concept of “sea to shining sea” –from the Statue of Liberty in NY to the Golden Gate Bridge to the Lone Star State of Texas,–that I was oblivious to the skewing. Sigh….
Anyway, the design is darling and so appropriate for Independence Day. There is plenty of time to whip this up before the celebratory parades, picnics and pyrotechnics.
With white shorts embroidered with a starburst, a child is a walking, talking poster for patriotism. I just love this.
A detailed tutorial and more photos are posted at Stitching Sewcial.
Have you stitched any July 4th outfits for the little ones in your life?
And now for the requisite disclaimer: I am a paid sewing expert/consultant for Brother. And I love it.
Do you have more than one project in progress? I have stacks– some must be done NOW, some are handwork for when I watch tv with my husband, some are mindless chores like hemming for when I’m on the phone, some I put aside for one reason or another.
Still, in the midst of a looming deadline and other pressing matters, I took the time to embroider 6 hemstitched linen guest towels for upcoming baptisms at our church. I had customized the design sometime ago for a newly ordained pastor. So it was just a matter of hooping up my stash of linen guest towels and embroider them. It was so satisfying to stitch something simple and meaningful in the midst of all the sewing busy-ness.
You might recall my story that our church was struck by lightning and burned to the ground several years ago. Continue reading
Vivian Rose at Oma’s house, decked out in her mother’s Rebecca’s Bow Dress.
I hope you all had a joyous Easter. The Ferguson family had a fabulous week of Easter celebrations! We saw both of our children with all four of our grandchildren, but not at the same time. A good bit of sewing was done before and after their arrival.
Saturday we joined our son-in-law’s family for Easter dinner. 5 yo Vivian Rose was resplendent in her mother’s 35 yo Rebecca’s Bow Dress, with her curls confined to elaborate, elegant French braids.
The original slip has been lost through the years so this white Imperial batiste slip was made. Because it really can be worn as a dress, a bow was embroidered on the yoke. To avoid it shadowing through the dress, it was stitched in a very pale pink and white.
The same yoke pattern was used with 1/2″ removed from the top half of the armscye.
Ever obliging 9 yo Alastair wore his bow tie made from the Little Boy Bowtie:the Quick and Easy Version pattern which I have used so often.
The color matched the green leaves in his sister’s fancyband.
The bows alternated with 3 vertical strips of lace.
I love this picture taken as Vivian was ready to put on her heirloom dress. Alastair was proud that he was already dressed and ready for the egg hunt.
The bunny was tied at the top with a bow, but Vivian HAD to open it.
See the felt candy-filled bunny in Vivi’s hand? That was such a fun little project. I made 20 of these for the children at church, as well as for these two. Vivian had a bunny filled basket and loved handing them out. I so regret that I did not get a photo that or of all the pink, blue, yellow and white bunnies together. They were a big hit with all the children. Continue reading
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Tagged bunny treats, DeLand angel wings, Easter dress, Easter dresses, lace tape, machine embroidery, Old Spanish Sugar Mill, puffing, River City church DeBary, Swiss handloom, tatting
free Bunny trio applique pattern Childrens Corner Callie
As usual, I am way behind with Easter sewing and sewing in general. I thought this might be a good time to share some earlier Easter features–dresses and free designs.
This little chocolate bunny dress was made for my 15 month old granddaughter to wear to the church “bunny lunch and egg hunt.” I was so pleased to finally have the perfect use for my small piece of brown bunny Liberty of London tana lawn.
When I could find no embroidery design that suited me, I bumbled through the digitizing process to create this beginner design. It is yours for the asking by leaving a comment below.
The second free design is one I used on several Easter baskets. The name, of course, is not included but the design itself is Easter eggs nestled in grass
For the free grass and eggs design just leave your request in the comment section below.
As Disney/Pixar’s wholesome movie Cars 3 roared through theaters across the nation this summer, iBroidery.com offered a dozen beautifully digitized racing designs. With so many macho characters associated with the Cars movies, Cruz Ramirex is truly the rising star of gender equality in the racing world.
This skirt features Cruz colors and embroidery. Fabric tutus similar to the one shown above are all the rage with younger girls. I’ve heard of birthday parties at which each guest makes her own hula-type tutu. One kindergarten class made these for an end of the year project.
Most of the quick, easy, and fun skirts are simply strips of fabric knotted over a circle of elastic. Cruz’s skirt is tutu Version 2.0, with less bulk at the waist. It includes a casing waistband which captures folded strips rather than knotted. It also features her personal embroidered crest at the center front. The skirt is paired with a simple white tee embroidered with the equivalent of Cruz’s business card.
Detailed instructions for this less bulky skirt and more photos are posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. Continue reading
our 4 yo grandson ready for the fireworks
Every day I am grateful to be living here in the USA, truly the “home of the brave, land of the free…”
We’re all eager to celebrate our nation’s birthday. But it is important to pass our love and appreciation for the liberty we enjoy on to our children and grandchildren.
Special children’s clothing for the July 4th holiday shows them that this is an important celebration. Since my grands are all far away this Independence Day, I’ve looked back at a few earlier celebrations with and for them.
This was granddaughter Vivian Rose’s first July 4th.
Our two older grands wore these outfits one summer.
Of course, the holiday specific food is also important—and enjoyed.
18 month old granddaughter Vivian Rose loves her corn on the cob!
Posted in accessories, boys, brother-sister, girls, Holiday Projects, home dec, infant clothing, linen blanks, machine embroidery, quilts
Tagged Marcia Layton, patriotic machine embroidery, yo-yo quilt
Harry Potter Gryffindor crest on shirt and Hp golden snitch on shorts
Grandson Alastair, 8 yo, is still enchanted with the Harry Potter series. As I mentioned in an earlier post, prior to HP, this 2nd grader was a good but unenthusiastic reader. Now he can’t put the books down and is an excellent reader with a greatly enlarged vocabulary. This college English major Nana couldn’t be more pleased.
reading Harry Potter while waiting for his orthodontist appointment
So I’m feeding his literary enthusiasm with HP embroidered items, like the Gryffindor crested shirt and the shorts with the prized golden snitch shown above. The designs were all found on Etsy. Continue reading