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Dress A Girl Around The World

Dress A Girl Around the World is a wonderful ministry that I am so blessed to be a part of!  We just sent our first shipment of 100 dresses and I was so excited to get back the pictures of all those smiling faces! Be looking for an up-coming post with those pictures.  For now, I wanted to share a little information about the dress a girl program.  I would love to come speak to your church, youth group, or sewing group and tell you more! Please let me know if you are interested!  You can contact me at dagmissouri@gmail.com

The following is taken from http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/

We dream of a world…

                                           in which every girl has at least one new dress!

 

We want girls to know  that they are worthy of love and respect and most of all that God loves them!

 

Dress a Girl Around the World is a Campaign under Hope 4 Women International (a 501 (c) 3 organization) bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006.  Hope 4 Women International is a nondenominational independent Christian organization.

Visit Hope 4 Women International at  http://www.h4wi.org

 

 

What if Every Girl had just 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, backyards, dining rooms, schools, churches, and civic centers.

Change Her Destiny

 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, giving her added protection from those who would harm her.

What If You Made That Dress?

 Go around the world with us and see girls who live in a society where they have no value—where they are used as slaves, abused and preyed upon. Imagine kneeling before a little girl in Uganda or the Appalachians. You are holding a beautiful new dress—made by you.  You tell her “I made this dress just for you because you are precious to me and to God.”

Imagine as you drop the dress over her head that the shame she feels is dropping away. She lifts her chin toward the heavens—allowing her to stand tall.

To join us on a trip please email rachel@h4wi.org

 

Get the Sewing Handbook

If you are interested in sewing for dress a girl please download the sewing handbook…

http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/sewing-handbook

 It includes guidelines, patterns and sewing tutorials essential for sewing the dresses.

 

 

 

 Give a Gift to Help us Reach Girls at Risk

Your financial gift enables us  to ship dresses to groups who will hand carry them to other countries. We also train women to make dresses within their own countries and gift them with sewing machines enabling them to dress their own girls.

If you would like to help this program continue to reach girls around the world you can send a tax-deductible financial gift to:

Hope 4 Women International
P.O. Box 8061
Tempe, AZ 85281

Why we sew…

A Necklace and a Prayer

Another sweet way to include your little ones in the Dress A Girl Around the World ministry is to let her make necklaces for the recipients of the little dresses.  This was a great idea I heard about the other day and I just had to pass it on.  These are a real treasure for a little girl who has literally nothing.  The finished necklaces can be color matched with the dress you are giving and placed in the pocket of the dress.

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I bought this ribbon for 44 cents a roll, but I’m sure you could find it cheaper on sale..  I cut the ribbon at 28 inches.  This seemed big enough to even clear our 8 year olds head.

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Next you need some pony beads.  You can pre cut the ribbon and put it in bags so its ready whenever your little ones need some busy work.

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I told Jo Anna how I pray for each little girl as I am making her dress, and that she should pray for the little girl as she was making her necklace.  I said that we should pray for God to keep her safe and that she would love Jesus and serve Him, that she would grow up to be a momma who would teach her children about Jesus.  It is very sweet to walk by and see her little head bowed and a whispered petition coming from her lips.

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To Find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World, click the link on the side bar or feel free to e-mail me at  dagmissouri@gmail.com

Tye-Dye Dress A Girl

Since I have been making all these dresses, and my little ones can’t sew yet, I wanted to find some ways they could be involved in this ministry so they could develop a servants heart like our Saviour.  Since they love to tye-dye, this was right up their alley!

 

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Didn’t they make a lovely finished product!

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A tye-dye birthday party, sleep over or youth group activity benefitting Dress A Girl would be great fun!  E-mail me for details! :)

To Find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World, click the link on the side bar or feel free to e-mail me at  dagmissouri@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Pillowcase Dress

This is a quick and easy way to make a pillowcase dress. and my favorite to make!  I recently became the Missouri Ambassador for a wonderful ministry Dress A Girl Around The World.  www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com Our director, Suzanne, has a post of this same dress pattern on her blog, as well  http://sewdelightful.blogspot.com/2013/12/dress-tutorial.html  It will help you to visit Dress A Girl’s website and check out the sewing handbook.  It will give you all the measurements for these dresses and you can print off the arm-hole templates.

 

  1. Start with a clean pillowcase trim off the top and fold it in half.

 

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2.   Measure the approximate length of your dress and decide which armhole template you need.  Cut both sides at the same time.

 

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3.   Open up pillowcase, turn inside out and fold town 1/4 inch and press.  Fold down again 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches and press.  Do this for both sides.

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4.  Sew along the edge of your fold.  I live to use a zig-zag stitch, especially when I am doing a contrasting color.  Then sew your top stitch that will encase your elastic.  I like to skip down a little so you will have a little ruffle at the top of your dress.  Do this for both sides.  Always remember to back stitch so your dresses will be sturdy and bless these girls for a long time!

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5.   Determine the length of elastic you need (refer to your handbook), put a pin in the end of it and feed it through your casing.

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6.    Do a zig-zag stitch back and forth several times along the elastic.  Be sure to do it close enough to the edge that your seam binding will cover it.  Feed the elastic all the way through and do the same on the other side.

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7.    Determine the length of your straps (refer to the handbook).  You will be using Extra wide, double fold bias tape for this.  Fold your tape in half to determine the middle.  Place the middle at the bottom of your armhole and pin it.  You might want to open it up and sandwich it around the fabric and pin all around the armhole.  I have done it so much at this point, I am able just to hold it!

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8.   Be sure to fold under the ends of your tape so you have no rough edges and sew all along the tape from one end to the other.  Where the binding meets with the edge of the dress I like to use a back and forth zig-zag stitch to make the dress more durable.

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9.    Now it the time you would add a pocket, maybe even some lace or a ruffle, and your Dress A Girl Label.  Since I am waiting on my labels to come in I will add my pocket later!

 

 

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If you would like to find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World and how you can help this work please feel free to contact me!

Candyce Tims

dagmissouri@gmail.com

 

 

 

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