Hello! I hope you all had lovely Easter weekends and survived the wild winds of storm Katy. I’ve been making up for six severe Lenten weeks without chocolate by looking for any excuse to crack open another Easter egg… Cambridge win the boat race, hurrah! Eat an egg. The storm brings a tree down across the drive and we might get stranded in Suffolk! Eat an egg. Hey, it’s breakfast time…! You get the picture.
But amazingly I didn’t spend the entire weekend gorging myself – I squeezed in a bit of sewing too. When going through the seeming bottomless fabric chests in my mother’s house back in January, I’d identified a couple of dismantled ex-dresses of mine with fabric and prints well suited to children’s wear, so this weekend saw these refashioned into tiny dresses for tiny people. Turns out small is not only beautiful, but easy, and fast. Like, so fast.
Anyways I have no little people around me in need of dresses, but I knew of a charity that does, and it is to them that my latest makes are being sent. Dress a Girl Around the World works from the idea is that a new dress (perhaps the only one a girl will receive in her childhood) is so much more than an item of clothing – it can boost a child’s sense of self worth, and show others (including potentially predatory adults) that a child is being cared for. Their website provides free patterns and an amazing gallery of children wearing makes sent in by fellow crafters. It’s heartwarming stuff.
As well as using a pattern from the website for the cute little faux-wrap dress, I practised my pattern drafting skills on the polka dot sundress above. Because of the conditions in which they’ll be worn and, more particularly, washed, dresses for the charity have to be made hard-wearing, so I French-seamed and top-stitched to hold everything together.
It’s funny how at Christmas we’re all encouraged to think about generosity, caring and selflessness, but Easter has rather become a festival of food above all else. Now I certainly have no issue with food-fests, but it did feel good taking time to do something (admittedly something I love) for someone in need in the midst of a general indulgence spree.
Sending off the dresses has also enabled me to tackle the weird woolly secret lying deep at the bottom of my drawers… You see, when I first taught myself to knit, I did so using a helpful booklet with the radical title ‘Learn to Knit’. This featured a variety of beginner projects – all of which were for babies clothes. So for some years I’ve had a small stash of teeny handmade clothes carefully hidden away – because these are so NOT what you want anybody accidentally coming across when you’re a hard-drinkin’ twenty-somethin’ partaaay animal, yah. And yep, I should’ve given them to charity ages ago, but… they were my very first knitted items! If you’re a crafter, you’ll understand. Anyway, it’s way overdue that I let them go and so they’re off with the dresses.
So in summary… made some clothes for charity, survived a storm AND the ensuing rail replacement buses, published a blog post… Methinks it must be time to Eat An Egg! x