September 30, 2015

A Purpose Such As This...

Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Dresses & Dolls
 What a fun day I had yesterday!
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Dresses & Dolls
I created four dresses for our Dress A Girl ongoing effort...these three, and
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Dresses & Dolls
 this last one, which I put the final touches on right after we ate dinner.

Every time I finished a dress and doll, I carried it out of the studio to show Handsome for his critique. He chuckled when I held each set up for him, and said they were all so darned cute.

I took pictures of the dresses before I remembered to put the Dress A Girl labels on them, but it was simple to add one to each pocket before I packaged and labeled them for donating. Putting the labels on them is the final touch, and I won't let any of our dresses head off to our Ambassador without making sure each dress has one.
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Doll
I had so much fun making everything. Sewing the hair on the dolls was especially amusing to me. I wasn't sure what each one would look like until the hair was sewn into the seam and turned right-side-out.

Our group often shares techniques, and now many of us are sewing heads to bodies prior to stuffing them. It takes one step out of the instructions on the pattern from the Dressed In Hope group. The last thing left to do is sew a decorative stitch seam across the bottom of the doll and then it's done.
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Doll
 Each one wears fabrics matching the dress to which it belongs.
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Doll
Some have short hair...
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Doll
Some have long hair. Each one has a unique personality like the little girls who will eventually play with them.

I hope that the little girls who receive them will love them as much as I loved making them. In fact, I'm looking forward to the next sewing day when I make more to send to parts unknown.
Brynwood Needleworks - Dressed In Joy Doll
We've set our next deadline, which will come in the new year. I've called it the "Valentine's Dress Drive" and all dresses and dolls will be due here (at Brynwood) by February 13, 2016. I set our goal for 300 dresses with dolls, and the dressmakers have already said we can surpass that number. What an incredible group we have!

If you're interested in sewing dresses or dolls, or donating supplies (like fabric, stuffing or ribbons) to our cause, please ask to join our Facebook group, Dressed In Joy - Brynwood Needleworks. There are so many ways you can contribute to our effort even if you don't sew.

I'm so honored to be a part of this project. I think it may be something I've been working toward my whole life. Maybe this is one of the reasons I learned to sew when I was only 11 or 12. A purpose such as this.

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Createology said...

I Love that you show each dress and doll to Handsome and he likes them. I show each dress to my Mr. and he gives me his critique. I also showed some to one of his friends and he liked them. It gave me such a sense of pride and I find myself planning the next ones. I am so thankful you began "Dressed in Joy" for it is truly making my heart sing. I would have loved getting a little dress complete with a pocket and a doll when I was a young girl and maybe that is why this project speaks volumes to me. Thank you dear lady! Your dresses with matching dolls are so special and cute. Sew On My Friend...

Minimiss said...

Pretty dresses and gorgeous happy dolls. The girls who receive them will love them I'm sure. Kudos to you and your group, Donna.


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