Yesterday we looked at Princess Grace’s wedding dress, one of the most iconic and beautiful dresses of the 20th century. Today we are looking at pillow case dresses for Little Dresses for Africa.
Founded in 2008 by Rachel O’Neill Little Dresses for Africa’s mission is to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond. Volunteers from all over the world join together to make little dresses out of pillow cases or other simple patterns. Some sew. Some donate. Some go to Africa, and some send others. Little Dresses for Africa sends the donated dresses through teams, mails them directly to verified communities and takes them personally.
Why Pillowcases? They are readily available and because the hem and sides are already stitched , they are easy enough for the novice seamstress. The pillowcase pattern has been around since the Pioneer days. They are simple, come in all sizes, materials and colors.
Many of you reading the blog post today may have heard of Lilian Webber when she set headlines for her goal to sew 1000 dresses for Little Dresses for Africa by her 100 birthday.
Sewing one dress each day Lilian surpassed her goal and reached 1,234 dresses just hours before her passing on the eve of her 101st birthday on May 5, 2016. A remarkable achievement and act of kindness.
For more information about Little Dresses for Africa can be found HERE.
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