So………. today saw the first of a few events that Becksie is organising for ‘Dress A Girl Around The World’! The event was a fabulous success and sewers came from far and wide to make lovely lovely dresses for little girls around the world!
A cold and icy morning and a very chilly church hall were soon turned into a warmer day and a toasty(ish) church hall and……..a dress production centre!
There was a large table full of fabric, bias binding, buttons, elastic and sewing equipment, a section for cutting and ironing, sewing stations and even an overlocker to make the edges neat!
So 13 sewers came along and cut, pinned, stitched and beautified and some fabulous results were achieved and our total for the day was…… 25 dresses!
We nattered and chattered, drank tea and at lunch time were treated to delicious vegetable soup, fresh bread and yummy cheeses (thanks Debbie).
We had a lovely array of fabrics and Team Pugh and the Dress makers would like to thank Abakhan Fabric and also our local Dunelm Mill for their kind fabric donation. Without them the day would not have been possible.
It was very special as our youngest sewer was 12 and our oldest sewer was 80 – lots of tips were passed from old to young and even young to old! Amazing!
At 3pm the local paper sent out a photographer and we paused for photos around one of the machines!
Oh and…….even Grandad Gray sewed his very first dress!
‘Dress A Girl Around The World is run by Hope 4 Women International which has been bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006. We want the next generation to know from childhood that they are worthy of love and respect. That God loves them!
We dreamed of a world in which every girl has at least one dress!
People from across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, The UK, Sweden, the Philippines, Uganda, and more gather for a day or an evening of sewing dresses out of pillowcases and fabric. They gather in living rooms, basements, back yards, dining rooms, schools, churches, and civic centres. They join together because they believe that every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress.
By providing a new dress you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny. Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing new dress presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators. We attach our Dress a Girl label on the outside of each dress sending an additional message that each girl is under the care of an organization. Thus giving her added protection from those who would harm her. We have no data to back these statements but if it saves just one. . . isn’t that worth the extra expense and effort?’ (edited from the Dress a Girl Around the World website).
Becksie will be organising several more events throughout the year, do let us know if you would be interested in taking part, or if you would like to have a go at making a dress we can send you over the pattern and instructions or you can head over to the UK arm of the project the lovely Sew Scrumptious website to learn more!!