My name is Louise and I am a fabric addict! I have a little sewing blog called Sew Scrumptious and was reading a sewing magazine earlier in the year when I came across an article about a charity in America called 'Dress a Girl around the World'. Women from all over America were sewing simple little pillowcase dresses which were being distributed to girls in developing countries. Places like India, Uganda and Haiti. I loved the idea and knew that I could easily make a couple of dresses and probably persuade some of my blogging friends to join in too. I thought I would package them up and send them off to America and that would be it. Little did I know that 6 months later I would be the UK International partner for the charity and would have received nearly 270 dresses from all over the UK and Ireland!
The response so far has been so fantastic that I have decided to keep going and see just how many dresses we can make in the UK. The charity in America suggested trying to find local contacts to take the dresses abroad in order to save time and money on postage and so far 100 dresses have gone to two separate projects in Malawi including the Home of Hope Orphanage (you can see photos on the blog) and 50 are going to Kenya in 3 weeks time. I am always looking for people who can distribute dresses abroad for us.
I would love more people to make dresses! Its a really simple pattern to follow. All you need is some fabric (or an old pillowcase hence the name!), elastic and some bias binding. Most people send one dress but some make lots and lots (its a bit addictive!) and we now have sewing groups and schools involved too. You can decorate the dresses however you choose and each dress is photographed and put on my blog with a link back to the maker.
Fancy joining in? You can email me at email@example.com, go to my blog http://sewscrumptious.
blogspot.com or look at the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ DressagirlaroundtheWorldUK for more info.
There is a great tutorial and pattern on this blog http://littlebiggirlstudio.
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