Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause

I'm so excited to again join the Collaborate for a Cause in 2013. Each year handmade businesses across Australia join together to create a 'collaboration'. This is then auctioned on Facebook to support a charity of their choosing. 

The Lil Pip, Little Magnolia Button and Sakurako collaboration for Cancer Council Victoria

The inaugural event in 2011 – which included 200+ businesses – raised $18,000. Last year this was doubled to a massive $40,000 shared amongst 105 charities. This year, organiser Jen Kennedy from Ainslee Fox Handmade believes the donation tally could reach $50,000.

Putting her baby princess to sleep
For my collaboration this year, I joined forces with Bridie from Little Magnolia Button and Leigh from Sakurako to create a collection inspired by the new Disney princess - Sofia the First.

After making a huge quilt last year, I decided to stay a little more within my comfort zone by sewing a dress. The dress is more of a party dress rather than a costume and my little princess absolutely loves it. Thank goodness she is a little older and understands that this isn't for her and that another lucky little girl will soon be the owner. Well with promises that I will be making her another one soon. 

Double layered, full skirt aka twirly dress!

I used the Amanda's Dress by Lily Bird Studio without the belt. I added the white flower trim in the bodice and bottom of the top full circle skirt and added another full circle under skirt adding an extra 2 inches to the length so it creates the double layered look. And clearly Miss Owlet loves to spin in this dress!

Five cover buttons complete the
look at the back of the dress

Bridie created a look alike princess doll with two removable skirts. The pattern is the Cinderella Princess by Dolls and Daydreams. She is created with beautiful cotton, wool felt and hand embroidery.

Leigh drafted her own doll carrier pattern to perfectly fit the princess doll and included a tiny little pillow and dolly quilt. Miss Owlet loved playing and tucking her dolly into 'bed'.

Happy princesses!

Our chosen charity this year was the Cancer Council of Victoria. I lost my grandmother to cancer and it is one charity that I always like to support. It seems everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Hopefully the small amount of money we will raise will go towards further research or compassionate support to people living with cancer, their family and friends.
You can find our submission here. Bidding starts at 8 pm Friday 26 July and ends 8 pm Sunday 28 July.
Wish us luck!

I'm linking up with:

Better Off Thread


  1. Such a great event and your collaboration is gorgeous.

  2. Oh it is all beautiful! I'll have to remember to pop on over and bid on this. My daughter would love it!

    Such a great collaboration too. And I great cause, I have lost several members of my family to cancer, it's a nasty beast.

    Thanks so much for linking up with And Sew We Craft Together! And for your kind works on my super simple washi tape magnets x

    Amy x

  3. I'm just about to make my daughter a circular skirt and I will be using your idea of a longer underskirt, it looks great


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