Sew Dresses for Girls
We sew dresses ranging in size from 6 months to 16. We start with a pillowcase, or in many cases cotton fabric. Armholes are cut using a template. A casing is sewn at the top for elastic, and the armholes are finished with bias binding, which extends into shoulder straps. We then add pockets, buttons, bows, ribbons, lace, appliques or other embellishments to make each one unique. You can use your own supplies, or use kits that are available, which contain everything necessary to make a dress. The links below contain directions for both ways.
Step by step Dress Making instructions with photos
Cutting / Size Chart
Other helpful links from
Sew Shorts for Boys
We sew shorts ranging in size from 6 months to 16. We use elastic waistbands and add pockets. You can use your own supplies or use kits that are available which contain everything necessary to make a pair of shorts. The links below contain directions.
Attend a Workshop
We hold workshop days at senior centers, churches and people’s homes. On these days, some ladies are sewing, while others are cutting fabric and designing dresses to put into kits that can be sewn at home. Other ladies are doing quality control, sizing, packing the clothing for shipment, organizing materials, etc. Workshop days are also days of fellowship and sharing ideas.
Workshops are held at the North Carroll Senior Center from 9:00 to 2:30
The North Carroll Senior Center is currently closed as a precaution to prevent
the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you would like to get involved with
the project, please go to the Contact page and send us a message. We can use
Donate Materials or Funds
We appreciate donations of cotton fabrics, pillowcases or sheets, laces, trims, appliques or other embellishments for the dresses. Also needed is 1/2 inch non roll elastic for the dresses and 3/4" non roll elastic for the shorts. Other sewing notions needed include cone thread for the serger and thread for the sewing machines in various colors. We also collect girls’ new panties sizes 3-16, as we like to send them along with the dresses whenever possible.
Amazon and Joann's gift certificates are always useful and appreciated. We also have an Amazon Wish List to make donations easy and fast.
Monetary donations are used for supplies, equipment, shipping and panties. If you wish to make a monetary donation or schedule a drop off, please contact us.
We are always looking and grateful for connections to help get our clothes delivered to where they are most needed. If your church or someone you know is going on a mission trip, please put us in touch.
Spread the Word
Please pray for all of our supporters, seamstresses, missionaries, the children we serve and all the hands in between that help make this project successful.