I have had the honor of testing patterns for the amazing company Violette Field Threads, and I didn't think I could love them anymore--until now. Ericka and Jessica of VFT have put together a special pay-it-forward project that I am so proud to take part in. I hope that many of you reading this will choose to participate too!
VFT is working with an orphanage in Guatemala to send a new dress or tunic to each and every little girl who lives there. How amazing is that! To find out more about why they have chosen this project in particular read more on their blog here. I loved hearing the inspiration behind the project, and it makes me want to make many dresses for such a wonderful cause.
Three new patterns were designed for this very special project--LOLA, EVIE, and HOPE.
This is the Lola top pattern (photo from the VFT website). I haven't had a chance to sew this one up, but it is definitely on my list after Christmas. You can find the Lola pattern here. Visit the Violette Field Threads FB Group here to get a SPECIAL coupon code to purchase Lola for FREE.
Today they released the second pattern, very appropriately named Hope. The Hope dress and tunic will be sold for $2.50 as a donation to the Give Hope Campaign to facilitate the project of supplying and shipping handmade dresses to all of the girls in the recipient orphanage, Casa Guatemala.
Here is an excerpt from the VFT Hope pattern with more information:
"Want to be a part of this campaign? The first start is to add this product to your cart! For your donation of $2.50, you will receive our Hope Dress & Tunic pattern, sizes 12 months- 10 years. Your donation will be greatly appreciated in making this campaign a huge success. Want to do even more? We are asking all of our fans to sew up a beautiful, reversible Hope dress and send it to our Violette Field Threads Studio where we will compile and inventory all submissions. There are roughly 130 precious little girls that we are hoping to shower with love, confidence, and hope through our handmade Hope dresses. We know with your help, this campaign can make a difference!"
This is the Hope dress I made. I love the pattern! It is easy to construct with simple, clear instructions. The best part is that the dress is reversible, so each dress has two looks and more wearability.
I chose prints from Art Gallery Fabrics for my dress. The new line Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi has one print with sweet hearts that I had to use to send some love with my dress. On the reverse side I used Library Gardens. For the ruffle I used Diamond Flush Gold from the Wonderland line by Katarina Roccella.
I love the swing to this dress. I can almost imagine the little girl wearing this dress twirling back and forth just like Brenna. You can find the Hope pattern here.
If you are making a tunic or the top, you can make some coordinating shorties to make a complete outfit using another free VFT pattern for this project--Evie. (photo from the VFT website). You can get the Evie pattern here for free using the code FREEEVIE2015.
I have always wanted to do something like this, but never felt like I could make a difference just me on my own. The idea that VFT, a company with such a wonderful following, would take the time to organize this is the perfect way for me to join in and come together to make a huge impact. I cannot wait to see the Lolas, Hopes, and Evies being made for these deserving children of Casa Guatemala! The campaign will last until the end of January. See VFT's blog here to find out how to send in your gorgeous dresses!