At the September meeting, Kathy presented an opportunity to team up with Teeny Tears and sew diapers to co-ordinate with the smaller gowns. Information was provided on what their requirements are and members were enthusiastic about participating and making the diapers as well. This is not required and Kathy indicated that she would make diapers to go with the little gowns that are turned in without diapers. Because a request had come in from Camp LeJeune, Kathy made diapers to go with this shipment.
23 smocked gowns, 2 smocked bonnets and 20 diaper sets will be mailed to Camp LeJeune and many families blessed during a most difficult time in their lives.
In addition to the diaper opportunity, Kathy also presented the idea of improving the presentation of the gowns that are sent. Rather than shipping in zip lock bags, it was proposed that organza bags could hold the gowns and look like a gift to the families. The overall presentation is so much prettier. All members present agreed with this proposal, so the purchased were made and gowns repackaged.
The new packaging also required new size tag identification, so these were made, printed and attached to the drawstrings of the bags. Cards from Teeny Tears were also printed, cut and inserted between the 2 diapers (one for the baby to wear and one for a keepsake).
Members have given much of their time and talent to complete these beautiful items for our military. The smocked bonnet was made using a design that Karin Eveland shared on the SAGA Facebook page. It seems to be just right for the size 1 - 2 lb. gowns.
The ladies of Dogwood have been exceptionally creative with their gown donations. Gowns have had beautiful hem treatments with pintucks, lace shaping, shell stitched tucks, featherstitching and both hand as well as machine embroidery at the hem of the gowns as well as beautiful lace added to some of the gowns. Buttons or snaps have been sewn to the back and embellished with beautiful embroidered flowers. Neckbands have been embellished with featherstitching. The list goes on and on.
There has also been some creative and beautiful unisex color combinations. A light lime green has been paired with yellow accents. Gray smocking with peach accents is another unisex color combination. Light turquoise and yellow is another.
So far this year we've had 12 of our 30 members donate a total of 37 gowns - each one as pretty as the next!!! Dogwood members - you've outdone yourselves!!! Many families will be blessed by your beautiful stitching. Thank you for carrying on this wonderful project and giving of your time and talent!
For members that are still working on their gowns for this year, remember that there will be a drawing for a goodie basket at our December gathering. November will be the last month that your gown can be turned in to count for the drawing. Each gown equals 1 chance in the drawing. Included in the goodie basket is a couple sewing for children books (with patterns), fabric, gently used Children's Corner patterns, a tailor's press, etc. Definitely some goodies that would be useful! Don't miss out on the opportunity to win this basket! It will be an early Christmas present to the winner!!!