Sunday, May 23, 2010

Supporting Dago Dala Hera Orphanage

Happy to support a crafting activist with a good cause- Gypsy made an announcment at Sew it Together telling people about the pinnafore project for Dago Dala Hera Orphanage. She added later that they were also keen on elastic waisted shorts for boys and I knew I could manage that!

These are my shorts effort- after one too many smart comments from the peanut gallery (blogless Cheryl and Carolyn) about the consequences of the short shorts (bottom pic), I unpicked the hem and made them as long as possible- and this is the result. They are supposed to be size 3- modelled by Miss Apple who is 7. The glory of the elastic waist!

Inspired by the shorts, I was up for the pinny challenge:

I was planning to have the shoulder seams stitched (no ties) and the slit in the front was to avoid fasteners and to get space for pulling it over the head. Now that there are ties- the reversible thing was doing my head in at midnight last night so ties it was- I think that slit needs a tie or something to join it together- to up the modesty factor! Now that the ties are there, I am thinking it's actually not a bad idea because it adds to the versatility of the potential size range for dress recipients- a longer dress for a 4 year old up to a shorter 10 year old I reckon. I have a rather tall nearly 8 year old here. This tutorial helped me think through the reversible factor- which still seems to defy logic!

I really rather like the tunic top look and I think I will be making more of these.
Thanks for the call Gypsy, nice to craft for a cause.


  1. They look fantastic! I shall have to start mine next week as you've inspired me. Hope they turn out as nice as yours.

  2. Glad to hear I wasn't the only one who had issues with the reversible bit. I think it looks great, and I particularly like the floral fabric.

  3. Tanya they are marvelous, thank you so much for crafting for a great cause. That tutorial is interesting, thanks for the link. I do mine a different way, I should write up a tutorial as well! Thanks again Tanya :) xx

  4. What a lovely thing to do. Those tunic pinnies are supercute I agree!

  5. very pretty indeed. i am impressed at the reversiblitynessness

  6. I love those "pinnies" - you might have to teach me how to make them next summer!

  7. Great work Tanya, I am sure they will be appreciated by the wearer despite your hiccups.


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