I recently became a Sewing Portfolio’s Ambassador, who partners with Michael Miller Fabrics. As part of promoting the website and group, we received 3 yards of Michael Miller Fabrics current collections. These fabrics are from the Swirly Girls line.
I knew that these fabrics would be destined for some girls at the domestic abuse shelter on Pine Ridge Reservation. I wanted to make a nice summer/back-to-school outfit. Since it was going to be a back to school outfit, I wanted it to be fun and comfy. I also wanted it to fit a larger girl, as there is a lot of obesity on the reservation due to a lack of healthy eating resources.
I ended up making two size 14 outfits with a mixture of the fabrics.
Here is the first top and skirt from the fabrics, and a cotton lycra orange knit. I hope the heat transfer vinyl stays on. It is a new type I haven’t tried before and it is a little hard. It is a fun holograph, so it is thicker. I pressed it multiple times with my heat press, so hopefully that helps it stay on.
Here is another outfit. I didn’t have enough of the pink to do a full front and back. I had to hack it into two pieces, so I added a lace overlay.
This shelter barely receives enough grant money to pay for the lights and minimal staff, so they rely on donations to fill out the rest. The Sew for Kids group on Facebook or their blog is a great source to learn the current needs on the reservation. If you feel the urge to donate (and I urge you, as summer is hard for the kids. They often go hungry, since they aren’t in school to receive the free school lunch program.) please donate here.
Thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for the donation of fabric for some girls in need. I hope they will enjoy wearing them!