Project First Day

Sew Chicago is participating in Project First Day, sending outfits to the kids of Joplin, Missouri to wear on their first day of school.   Here is what we’ve come up with so far:

Once again, Sharleen has outdone herself. She made two complete ensembles, one for a girl and another for a boy, and she left nothing out. The pink knit top with black lettering has detachable sleeves that will take this young lady beyond the first day of school into the cooler weather and is trimmed with black knit that has pink lettering spelling out the word “Whatever.” The cotton broadcloth skirt has pleats below the pink ribbon trim and a ribbon sash held in place with belt loops. The purse has pockets for all the essentials a girl needs for school, natch.

For a boy, Sharleen made a beefy T with ribbed knit raglan sleeves that will stand up to serious playground time, as will the very masculine camo pants with cargo pocket detail and a drawstring cord at the waist. The outfit is completed with a black canvas messenger bag embroidered with partying frogs. Way to go Sharleen!

Our newest member Robin sewed an adorably girlie dress in two prints that go together amazingly well.

My contribution is a seersucker gingham dress with ladybug ribbon trim. Debora says ladybugs are a symbol for good luck in Germany, and that the literal translation of the German word for ladybug is lucky bug.  That seemed appropriate for this project.

We also have an adorable dress purchased by an anonymous member and I’m expecting one more outfit that another member will complete in a few days. Next week, I’ll ship the package to heirloom sewing expert and Project First Day creator Susan Stewart so she will be sure to receive it by August 1st.

3 thoughts on “Project First Day

  1. Thanks Robin. This was the first time I attached a ruffle using my cool ruffler foot on my serger. Loads of fun.

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