At the beginning of 2011 an article in a sewing magazine about a charity in America called ‘Dress A Girl Around the World‘ caught my eye. People who could sew were asked to make simple pillowcase dresses which were then delivered to girls living in poverty in the developing world. Girls in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Haiti and India. The charity felt that every girl should own at least one pretty dress.
As the mother of a little girl with a wardrobe full of pretty dresses, this struck a chord with me and it didn't seem too much to ask to make a dress as I could sew and had lots of fabric lying around. I made a few dresses and roped in some of my blogging friends to make dresses too thinking that would be it. Little did I know that 6 months later I would be the UK International Partner for the charity having collected over 4,000 dresses from lovely people all over the UK and Ireland!
|GOA, SOUTH AFRICA & KENYA|
|KATANGA SLUM, UGANDA 2012|
You can find a great tutorial for making dresses out of pillowcases and top tips here and printable armhole patterns here.
This lovely blog has a tutorial and pattern for making dresses from new fabric. An elastic casing version AND a fabric tie casing version. You can download the pattern here
You can find a tutorial for a really pretty 'tiered' pillowcase dress here
|KATANGA SLUM, UGANDA|
We also need shorts for the boys!
You can find a tutorial for making shorts out of old t shirts here
There is a tutorial for '10 minute' fabric shorts on this lovely blog
There is a fab tutorial for shorts with free pattern on this lovely blog
If you have made a dress then please feel free to put a blog badge on your blog or website!
Thank you for getting involved!!
The address to send the dresses to is Louise Horler, 20 Station Road, Nailsea, North Somerset BS48 4PD. I am happy to accept dresses from the UK, Ireland and Europe. If you are sending large quantities of dresses it may be cheaper to use a courier rather than Royal Mail. I suggest Parcel Monkey
Will I see photos of my dresses being worn?
I always ask for photos of the dresses being worn or distributed and have lots of photos on my blog. However, it is not always possible to get photos for a variety of reasons e.g. sometimes dresses are left with local charities to distribute at a later date and sometimes it is just not appropriate to take photos. Any photos that I do receive are posted on my blog and the facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DressagirlaroundtheWorldUK
How much will it cost to post my dresses to you?
This depends on how many you make and the weight of the parcel. It can be really expensive to post dresses using Royal Mail. If you are sending lots I would suggest looking at the Parcel Monkey website as this often works out much cheaper in my experience. http://www.parcelmonkey.co.uk
Is the charity a religious organisation?
The charity in America is a Christian charity. I personally have no religious affiliation and dresses distributed from the UK are distributed by people of all religions to children of all religions.
I have seen labels on the dresses on the American website. Should we be using them?
The dresses in America do have labels sewn on to them. We are not currently doing this in the UK due to the cost of importing and distributing the labels to people making dresses. You can order them from America if you would like to use them but you do not have to. The charity in America has a team of volunteers who sew the labels on when they arrive at their warehouse. In the UK it’s just me organising things at my house!
Do you have any promotional material?
There are no promotional materials available at the moment I'm afraid. This is something that is being worked on. Please feel free to design your own posters and flyers for your event. Please link to this page rather than the American website for any events in the UK as it has the most up to date information about dresses made in the UK and all of the photos of UK dresses being distributed. You are welcome to use any of the images on this blog to help promote your sewing event but please do not use images from the American site without asking permission first.
Please put your name and contact details in with the dresses. I will always contact you to let you know that they have arrived safely. Please allow a couple of weeks for me to do this due to the number of dresses arriving daily.
|Year 10 pupils making dresses!|