Monday, June 27, 2011

Little Dresses For Africa

Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian based organization which provides relief to the children of  Africa by distributing dresses through orphanages, churches and schools.

Dress Pattern from Nancy's Notions

This summer I am going to sew for the charity Little Dresses for Africa. I am going to show you how easy it is to make a dress. If anyone has any extra material, thread, 1/4 inch elastic, bias tape etc, you can send it me to make more dresses.


Step1) Get instructions with pattern, bias tape, about 2 yards of material, 1/4 inch elastic and trim.


Step 2) Lay out your material and cut it according to the size in the instructions.
With two yards of fabric I can make 3 dresses. (two small and one medium)

Step3) Use the pattern and cut out the arm holes.

Step 4) Make the casing for the elastic to go through. It should be about 1/2 inch bc the elastic is 1/4 inch.

Step 5) Slide the elastic through the casing and then sew it in place at both ends. This will gather the top.

Step 6) Pin the bias tape to the arm holes and stitch in place.

Step 7) Add trim to the bottom and you are done.


  1. oh man, so adorable. what a good idea!

    1. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial with photos! I wasn't completely understanding Nancy's pattern and this helped clear everything up.


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