Sewist’s Name: Georgine Hartenfels from New Bern, North Carolina
Type of Project: Garments
Pattern: Original Design
Featured Date: 6-8-23
My name is Georgine Hartenfels and I’m 68 years old. I make T-Shirt dresses using purchased shirts and I sew novelty fabric to the bottom. I donate these dresses to shelters in the hopes of putting a smile on a little girls face who might be in an unfortunate situation. I started doing this after my father died because all my dad ever wanted to do was put a smile on peoples faces. I get the fabrics from my travels to different fabric stores.
I started about 10 years ago using a free pattern found in the sales brochure of Joann’s. I made one for my granddaughter. I decided then to make this dress for little girls to put a smile on their face, little girls who were in an unfortunate situation. I started using novelty fabrics that I thought little girls would love. I also wanted to create more ruffle so I use the full width of the fabric, 44”. I also cut the fabric to 9 or 11 inches deep depending on what size I’m making. I also decided to make a bigger and more rounded pocket and put it up front to add to the cuteness. Occasionally I sew a little bow onto the sleeve.
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