Friday, August 26, 2011
Cute smocked dresses!
Sinta loves whipping up small experimental designs. One afternoon i noticed one of our neighbours small girls wearing a sweet outfit made from leftover bag fabric. I was very impressed. I mentioned it to Sinta, and she shyly explained how she had used up some fabric remnants to make a dress as a gift for this little girl. I encouraged her. After sourcing this new batik fabric, i began to think – hmm 100% cotton fabric (which foreigners look for plus the fact that foreigners love to purchase locally made products, well– lets make cute girls dresses!! So they came up with a simple smocked top/dress with straps tied on the shoulders. They use the leftover pieces from the bags.
I think they are very cute. The girls bought 1 roll of elastic thread for 50c which they wind onto the bobbin. They made 6 dresses with the 1 roll. I was in the sewing room as they finished the first 2 and hung them on the wall. Soon after a neighbour wandered in and eyed them off. She returned later to purchase both of them less than 30mins after they were finished! Talk about products walking off the shelf :) I bought them a couple of bulk rolls of elastic yesterday and we may begin making more children's clothing.