Although the dresses are normally made from a Pillowcase shape, since I happen to sew clothes, and had yardage, I decided to make 2 simple tank style dresses. I have a number of easy patterns, and picked one that would work with the fabric piece I wanted to use. The charity requests that there are no zippers or buttons to break, so the style I picked met those requirements, and my need to make it a real dress, one that I would be proud to donate.
Maryellen just moved to Franklin Square, Long Island, NY, to help my elderly parents. I'm excited about creating a new studio. She has been sewing since she was 4, and took her first quilting class about 28 years ago. She has made everything from doll clothes, home dec, slipcovers, curtains, pillows, quilts, wedding and prom dresses, school play costumes, and even did alterations for dry cleaners. Quilting and dresses for girls are her favorite things to do. She has been a member of the Quiltsy Team about 6 years, and as a leader, she helps manage the team shop.
Her favorite is usually the quilt I'm working on. She is also honored to be an Island Batik Ambassador, and just finished a blog hop to showcase their new fabrics, coming to stores now. We also got the box of fabrics that will be shown at Quilt Market in May. She loves working with these fabrics. Just listed in her shop is a quilt with the Coral Reef collection, and is in the process of finishing one from the Sea Salt Sandy collection.
Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.