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Dress a Girl Around the World

May 7, 2013

This Saturday, along with a fellow crafter, Verity, and under my new Make It Better… banner, we are holding a Charity Sewing Day making pillowcase dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project!

Dress a girl

Becksie from A Year without Supermarkets designed this brilliant logo when she had a sewing day making the dresses, and has very kindly said I could use it too-thankyou Becksie!

I am really quite excited, but also slightly worried that no-one will turn up.

I first found out about this project through a fellow blogger and all round fabulous lady, by the name of Louise, from Sew Scrumptious.
She started off making one dress, and is now the UK co-ordinator for the charity, and has sent over 4000 dresses to girls in need since then!
You may remember, that a while ago I ventured into Deepest darkest Clifton to the gorgeous Cordial and Grace sewing cafe, where the owner, Maria, was hosting a similar event. I met up with the lovely Morwhenna from the Love what You Wear project, and also got to meet Louise.

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The simple act of making a dress from a pillowcase (or other fabric) can have profound implications for the girls who receive them:

  • It gives them some dignity
  • It shows them that they are worthy of love
  • And it helps protect them from predators-if they are wearing a good quality dress with the Dress a Girl label on the outside, this indicates that an organization is looking after them and just maybe a predator will pass them over.

Now isn’t that worth a little time and effort?

Here are some pictures of girls in Uganda wearing the latest shipment of dresses:

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DAGSS2

DAGSS3

We will be at Christ Church Hall, on Upper Marsh Road in Warminster, from 11am-4pm on Saturday 11th May, with sewing machines, fabric, all the extra bits and pieces and tea and cake!!

I know that you are all spread far and wide, but please do come and join us if you are anywhere local and can spare an hour or two. And tell all your friends!

Did I say there would be cake…?!

PS. If anyone has any donations of fabric we can use on the day-lightweight pretty material, pillowcases, bias binding, ribbons/trims, then please do get in touch.

PPS. If you can’t make it on the day, but would still like to make a dress or two, you can find all the details of how to make them, and where to send them, here on Louise’s page on her Sew Scrumptious blog.

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  • Reply Danny Howell May 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Well done Jen and Verity for organising the Dress A Girl Around The World day in Warminster. What I witnessed was excellent and I’m so glad it happened in my home town of Warminster – I hope others will follow likewise. I’ve posted three galleries of photos on my blog, see http://www.dannyhowell.net/2013/05/dress-girl-around-world-gallery-01.html This project is an excellent initiative and will hopefully be repeated soon, as you have suggested, with the making of shorts for boys. A big well-done to all involved.

  • Reply makehorsham May 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Good luck, hope it all goes really well. We’ve had two similar events now and they’ve been very popular, we’ll probably do another one before the year is out! It was wonderful to see the pleasure that some had having completed a dress when they had never touched a sewing machine before! 🙂

    • Reply Jen May 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanyou so much! Nerve racking, not knowing if anyone will turn up-good to hear your events have been popular!

  • Reply Hazel May 8, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Good luck! A few of us in my village have got together to do this- it’s proving a bit addictive. I’m on dress number 4, and a friend who is a bit of a whizz with a sewing machine has whipped up a dozen!

    Anyone that is less than confident with a machine- my mum is sewing hers by hand. 🙂

    • Reply Jen May 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Wow, sounds like you’re all doing a fab job 🙂

      • Reply Hazel May 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

        I’d like to add that mine look great when viewed from across a room! I won’t let anybody look too closely 😉
        On the US website it really emphasises that you should do the best job you can. I really am, it’s just a bit…wobbly…!

  • Reply kneehighmum May 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I saw this featured in the local paper (Wilts Times?) – good luck with it!

    • Reply Jen May 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Oh yay-was it? I e-mailed them but heard nothing back. Will have to try and track a copy down. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply Sue May 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Jen….what a wonderful idea! I don’t have a sewing machine anymore but I do have a bag of tape, bias binding etc…would it be of any use to you all? I could post it all as I live near Stamford Lincs. Good luck for 11th Sue x

    • Reply Jen May 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      That would be fantastic Sue. Can you e-mail me jen_mmdamy@yahoo.co.uk, and I can give you my address? Thankyou so much 🙂

  • Reply carla May 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This is such a nice idea! Although i wouldn’t know where to start with sewing and making a dress! I really do want to learn though!

    • Reply Jen May 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      These are easy peasy! I was the same about sewing machines until about 4 yrs ago. I booked in on a 3 session ‘learn to love your sewing machine’ course and haven’t looked back 🙂 Give it a go!

      • Reply carla May 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        I so should; thank you! x

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