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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Angel Babies

Last Sunday in the Sunday Mail, there was an article about an ongoing project of the Queensland Smocking Guild. The ladies are making tiny smocked outfits, specifically for tiny still born babies. That reminded me that I had some photos that I had taken a month ago at Sisters of Stitch.


 I have previously written how Nicky had been accepted by NICU as a sewer of outfits for 'Angel Babies', the little ones who are stillborn or who die soon after birth. 
The outfits are made from donated wedding gowns and I was able to take photos of Nicky at work, cutting out a number of outfits that afternoon.


The donated gowns often feature beautiful embellishments, which Nicky uses by careful placement of the simple pattern pieces...


Beautiful dresses that were possibly bridesmaid outfits, are also donated and made into Angel Gowns.

Nicky also sews little 'pouches' which are for Angel Babies of 20 weeks or less...


All very sad, but I think we all have to agree, that the way such family sadness and tragedy is handled today and acknowledged is so much better than it used to be...is there anyone else who was also told by hospital staff to 'go home and have another baby'??
At last Wednesday's Sisters of Stitch, Nicky said that coloured outfits are becoming more popular, so donations of bridesmaid dresses and ball gown/ formal outfits are urgently required. 
Read more about this program here:- https://www.facebook.com/angelgownsaustralia

5 comments:

Susan said...

So sad.

Una said...

This is a great thing to do. It is sad that these items are needed, but they are and it must help parents that such beautiful items are available for their precious babies. I sometimes knit little wraps and have used material from my wedding dress to line them.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

sad but very worthwhile Well done

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So sad, but what a lovely thing to do for hurting families.

FlowerLady

Lin said...

What a beautiful thing to do. Thank you Maria for sharing this, xx