'Dress a Girl Around the World'
I recently read about this project and thought that firstly it's so worthwhile and secondly that it's so straightforward - and fun! I've now just sent off my first three dresses - two pink with blue trimmings and one blue with pink trimmings. So now will be on the lookout for more pillowcases to transform, with a little binding and ribbon, into more 'works of art' (ha ha)!
To quote from the site: 'At the beginning of 2011 an article in a sewing magazine about a charity in the US 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 girls 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 six months later I would be the UK international Partner for the charity, having collected over 5,000 dresses from lovely people all over the UK and Ireland - Louise Horler (Check out her blog: http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk/)
And now they're started making shorts for the boys - using t shirt material.
Here is an article from a the girls given of one of the dresses:
'My name is Flo and I live in Uganda. I've been a recipient of a Dress a Girl Around the World, and it has changed my life. I'd love to lead you through what it's like to receive a special dress and what I believe girls around the world really need.
We want dignity and to know that God loves us! We want to know that we are worthy of love. Many of us are overlooked and often abused with no-one to protect.
If you give God's best when you give us dresses, know that for many of us it will be the only dress we ever own. Please make your very best and use quality fabric and ties as they need to last us a very long time.
And PLEASE when you give your dress make sure that it is not so thin that it looks as though we are wearing a nightgown. Our bodies need to be covered and often our skin shows through a thin dress and it is very revealing.
Please help protect us from predators by allowing us to wear a good quality dress with the Dress Girl label on the outside. This indicates that an organisation is looking after us and just maybe a predator will pass us over! Isn't it worth the extra time and effort? Even if it just saves one of us?
The word is getting out there now .... 'We've had some amazing celebrity support on Twitter. RT's from Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, Ruth Langsford, Lauren Laverne, Emma Freud and Emma Forbes have been amazing at getting the word out there and encouraging new people to get involved and is much appreciated. I'm still working on Kirsty Allsop!'
Update January 2015:
To save you all searching though here, my email is Jacquifirstname.lastname@example.org
And my address for posting parcels is 30 Bourne End Road, Northwood Middlesex HA6 3BS
Thank you again for all the messages of support and ideas and contacts for distribution of the dresses and shorts.