It was only going to be a few dresses made from pillow cases, a little bit of elastic and some bias tape... I made up what I had and was able to get a total of 5 dresses using the pillow cases that we no longer use because they fit a full mattress and we only have queens.
As I sewed the little dresses I thought of the assortment of yard goods in my closet that had been passed on to me last year...
There were several that came to mind knowing that I would likely NEVER consider them for use in quilts because of the kind of fabric or the print/color...
I pulled them out and assessed my supply of bias tape (also passed on to me from another former sewer/quilter/doll maker). I estimated that I would be able to assemble at least 7 more dresses...
And then I located another supply of bias tape that would match the fabric... 17 and counting!
I had plenty of the blue/green plaid fabric that was a light weight gauzy type fabric - the tag from 2000 stated 10.88 yards! - perfect for the dresses... and the bolt of a poly/cotton blend Chintz that matched as well so that I could add a little length to the dresses for the larger sizes.
I had commented to our youngest daughter that I'll just keep making dresses until I run out of the plaid fabric or the bias tape... she said be careful Mom! You know the oil lasted for 8 nights... referring to the story of Hanukkah - The miracle of the one-day supply of oil miraculously lasting eight days. Haha... I chuckled...
When all was said and done, I ended up with a total of 26 dresses... and just enough bias tape to complete them. Am I surprised??? Not a bit... For the Lord provides exactly what is needed.
While I had other projects that I could have and should have been working on, I was content to hear the hum of the sewing machine as I produced these dresses... I know that there are 26 little girls that will be blessed to receive them.
Have you ever packed shoe boxes?
What sort of gifts do you include?
Blessed to be a blessing,
PS - The link for the pattern is at the top of this post (The highlighted word "dresses")
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