Sewing for Charity – Part One

Last Christmas I heard about the wonderful <a href="http://www.childrescuenepal diabetes medicine.org” target=”_blank”>Child Resue Nepal (CRN) Charity  and the awesome work that they do rescuing and supporting victims of trafficking and their families.

I really wanted to help them but didn’t know what I could do being based in the UK, then I had an idea, I volunteered to make an item of clothing for each of the children that live in the family style orphanages, which turned out to be 35 youngsters aged 10 to 19 years old both boys and girls!

I decided that to make the garments both practical and enjoyable for the youngsters, I would get each one to tell me what their favourite colour was and name so that I could machine embroider name tags to go inside the items of clothing in the colour of their choice.

It was at this point that I realised what a vast project I had taken on. The sourcing of suitable patterns was my first hurdle. I wanted to make shorts for the boys and either a dress or skirt for the girls, but obviously the more pattern pieces the longer it was going to take me, but all items needed to have pockets, so I hunted high and low for ones that fitted my criteria.

The first pattern I chose for the boys shorts was McCalls easy boy shorts. They had pockets and elasticated waist and seemed an ideal choice.

McCalls sewing pattern boys shorts 6099
McCalls sewing pattern boys shorts 6099

I had previously used the pattern to make 2 pairs for my Nephew In Laws but I soon realised that making 18 pairs was going to be too time consuming. So I had a rethink, in fact quite a few rethinks.

Patterns i considered for CRN
Patterns used for making clothes for CRN

In the end I used all the patterns able, with no real modifications.

These were all the patterns I tried and rejected because they were going to take too long to make 36 garments from

Patterns for making clothes for Child Rescue Nepal
Patterns for making clothes for Child Rescue Nepal

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