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!
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.
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:
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.