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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    Quote Originally Posted by Nwmnteacher View Post
    I plan on making dresses for the "Little Dresses for Africa" program. A wonderful seamstress named Miss Lillian made over 1200 dresses before she passed away at more than 100 years old. She had a pattern that I thinks works better than the pillowcase dresses. The pattern has simple sleeves. If you look at the Little Dresses website, they prefer that we don't use ribbons since they don't last as well. They recommend using bias tape for the ties if you make the pillowcase style dress, but they also have a free copy of Miss Lillian's pattern available. Either way, bless you for sewing dresses. The Christmas Box program run by Franklin Graham is a wonderful charity.
    Jeanne
    Thank you, yes, that is the one we are planning to donate them to. I did not know that Miss Lillian had passed away. We watched her videos on the Samaritan's purse website and she was such an inspiration! Helen's Church participates in the Christmas Box program, and in trying to get ideas on what to put in the boxes, we found her videos and they are what inspired us to try the dresses.

    I am now wondering if "homemade binding (using that cool little tool that June Tailor makes, and I have always wanted) would work?
    It would be much cheaper than purchasing it already made.
    http://www.joann.com/june-tailor-qui...prefv1=Product

    And thanks for the website - I am off to check it out now.
    Donna

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    Donna, yes, I think making your own bias tape would work. I see the binding tool
    makes 2" wide binding as the narrowest. Do you think that would be too wide for the casing?

    Jeanne
    Last edited by Nwmnteacher; March 14th, 2018 at 10:19 AM.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    I have a set like this and made a ton of tape when I was selling kids clothes.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L32FD6U...a-348920129414

    I didn't cut on the bias, just straight across.



    Lorie

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    Those are the ones I was thinking about, Lori. We sell them at JoAnns.

    Jeanne

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    Quote Originally Posted by Nwmnteacher View Post
    Those are the ones I was thinking about, Lori. We sell them at JoAnns.

    Jeanne
    Really easy to use and you just pin it to your ironing board!

    I have this too. I found a vintage set on ebay like this one not knowing there is new models out there. It goes super skinny!
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-FA...26algo%3DSIM.M

    It really is super fast! Fun to use too.



    Lorie

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    Default Re: Pillowcase dresses??

    I wonder if anyone here has made the boys' shorts to send? Made out of a t-shirt, would be lightweight and comfy. At the "farm store" here, they sometimes have big vats of new tees for a dollar each, so the price would be right.

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