Dress a Girl Around the World Project


June 21, 2013 by thepolishedbutton

Oh hello there – it seems like forever since we’ve talked!

I have been up to my eyes in all sorts of things (more about that at a later date) but I have finally had chance to sit down and write a blog post. And a very worthy one it is at that. If you’re not already familiar with ‘dress a girl round the world’, it is a project originally set up in the States, allowing keen sewers to use a very basic pattern to create a pillowcase dress, and send it off to the charity, who in turn distribute it to countries where resources are scarce, with the belief that every girl should have a pretty dress to wear, regardless of circumstances. As a mum of a little girl myself, I thought this was a really sweet idea, and clearly it is popular both with stitchers and the happy recipients. In the UK, the organiser and distributer is the very lovely Louise at Sew Scrumptious. All the details are on her blog, including links to a basic pattern and the address to send it to.

This is such an easy and satisfying project – I used a vintage cotton pillowcase, with some contrasting vintage cotton for the frilled hem, and some orange bias binding for the shoulder ties. It took me an evening to cut out and make this – doesn’t it look cute!



I urge anyone with even the vaguest hint of sewing skills to give one of these a go – they don’t use too much fabric so it’s a great stashbuster, and even if you’re not a confident seamstress, it is a good way to practice some basic skills. Plus you get a warm fuzzy feeling for doing a nice thing for a little girl who may well be living in pretty miserable circumstances. And if that’s not enough, you can even make a pair of shorts for an equally deserving little boy. Go on, make one yourself this weekend!


2 thoughts on “Dress a Girl Around the World Project

  1. What a beautiful dress! Thank you so much. I really appreciate the lovely mention too. Thats brilliant. We’ve now collected over 5,000 dresses in the UK but want to carry on and reach 10,000!! x

  2. Farzana says:

    Hi ladies – it’s Farzana from The Amazings – how great it is to see similar faces that I’ve reached out to working together. Sew scrumptious and their project is such a warming idea! Lovely post Ruth! x

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