Thursday, 2 July 2015

More Pictures Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - Dresses - Philippines

More pictures from dress distribution #94. Due to the number of children (500 of them) that were present during the actual distribution of school kits and dresses, they managed to get only a few pictures kids wearing dresses and also the dresses were inside the kits.
For larger and individual images of the distribution, please click here.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

More Pictures Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - School Kits - Philippines

Here are more pictures from the distribution of the school kits in the Elementary School of Pook in Manila Philippines. A feedback from the distribution has also been received.
1) Here is the feedback note from the distribution -
2) A few pictures from the actual distribution done -
To see larger and individual images of the distribution, please click here

Thank you to Norie and her group for finding the time to make this distribution and sharing the pictures and to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Thank you. Much appreciated..

Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - Dresses and School Kits - Philippines

Here is a couple of pictures from the dress and school kit distributions made in the Philippines this month organized by Norie Bordador and her group to about 500 school kids. More pictures will be posted later today.
1) Four out of seven of these dresses are sponsored dresses. Three out of seven of the dresses were made from fabrics donated by Millhouse Collections.
2) World Globe and children's books (included in distribution #94) donated to the Pook Elementary School, Pasig, Metro Manila. I bought this world globe from a school supplies' & stationery shop and had a damaged box that no one would buy it anymore. Imagine what this world globe can do to an elementary school library.
Thank you to Norie and her group for sharing the above pictures.

Dresses for the 4rd week of June ended 28-Jun-2015

It is time to acknowledge the dresses received by Dress A Girl Australia for the last week of June 2015.
1) A parcel of 3 dresses from Sally Neideck and allocated to Project Uganda -
 2) A parcel of 3 dresses from Frances Cornish and allocated to Project Uganda -
3) A parcel of 7 small dresses from Di Menzel and still to be allocated -
Thank you Ladies for the wonderful donations. Thank you for supporting Dress A Girl Australia's commitment to make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kiddies around the world.


Two Dresses for 2 lucky girls from a discounted fabric

For almost 4 months now I did not do any personal shopping for Dress A Girl Australia and yesterday I decided to go to Spotlight to buy a hobbyfil for my handmade doll creations and saw this Mickey/Minnie Mouse fabric on sale. 
It is a 100% cotton quilting fabric which normally would cost about $23 but yesterday it was 50% off. I wanted to make sweet message lavender sachets so I thought this was a good fabric to use and decided to buy 1/4 of a metre. At the counter the guy said that it was the last batch of the fabric and there was about 1.97 metres left but I told him that I only wanted 1/4 of a metre. In fact 1/4 of a metre was too much for what I was thinking to do. But the guy was so persistent for me to buy the last of the bundle and he said he was going to give me a special price so I asked him how much would I pay for it since I didnt want to pay for more than $5.00. Then he said if you buy the 1.97 metres left you can have it for $5.95. And I said really. If that is the price you are offering I will buy it. So I bought it and so with the rest of the stuff that I wanted to buy for my new creations. And now I have 1.5 metres of the mickey/minnie mouse 100% cotton quilting fabric that I can use to make 2 size 6 or 7 dresses to dress two disadvantaged girls anywhere in the world and thanks to the persistent guy in the counter.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Reminder on fabric materials to use for dresses

Please be reminded that fabric materials to use in making dresses should be thick enough to withstand rugged washing environments. If you can see your hand through the material that means you are not using the right fabric. 

Any dresses found to be using flimsy materials and does not meet the quality required will not be included in any of the distributions.

The cost to distribute these dresses are skyrocketing so each and every dress should be worth the effort, time and money to distribute.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Feedback Distribution #96 06/2015 c-o Days for Girls MM (Phils)

Here are a few pictures from a partial distribution made by the Days for Girls Metro Manila (Phils) team. On their way to the province of Calamagui, Solana Cagayan, they stopped by a Kindergarten School to distribute dresses and shirts. More distribution of dresses will resume next week in two of the poor communities in Solana.
For larger and individual version of the images, please click here

Thank you to the Days for Girls Metro Manila group for sharing these pictures.

Dresses for the 3rd week of June ended 20-Jun-2015

These are the third batches of dresses received for the month of June (week ended 20-Jun-2015).
1) A parcel of 8 dresses from Frances Cornish -
 2) A parcel of 5 dresses from Kay Innes -
 3) A parcel of 9 dresses and a pack of undies from Lesley Kroese -
Thank you ladies for the dresses and postage assistance. Thank you for helping make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kids around the world. Much appreciated.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Update on the Dress Donations from Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides

Here is an update on the dress donations made by the Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides which I received last month of May (c-o Claire Veen). Six of the dresses I have received were made by the Huntingdale Freedom Girl Guide Units although I have no way of identifying the six dresses anymore. The Hungtingdale Freedom Guide unit is composed of girl guides between the ages of 6 and 17 and they used the Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia  program as a way of being taught life skills from learning to sew and also making them aware of the many plight of girls around the world. Each of them enjoyed taking part in the service activity through their leader Nicky Kosonen.

My heartfelt thank you to all the girls who took part in the project. Thank you so much for helping make a difference to the lives of the girls who will be receiving and wearing your creations very soon. And thank you to Nicky for organizing the activity. Much appreciated.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Update on Remaining Active project collections - First half of 2015

Just a quick update on the remaining active project collections and due dates for the first half of the year 2015 -

1) Distribution #95 - Project Uganda Parcel #1 - End Date - 30-Jun-2015

    Dress sizes between 6 to 12 and rules on quality need to be strictly followed. These           dresses are washed in hard and rugged environment. A maximum of 3 dresses per donor     only for this particular collection. 

2) Distribution #97 - Project Cambodia (Phnom Penh) - End Date - 30-Jun-2015.  

    The dresses on this collection will require sleeves so no pillowcase style of dresses will       be accepted and rules on quality need to be strictly followed. Sizes should be between     8-12 as these will be distributed to school-aged kids. Maximum number of dresses that
    can be donated is 5 dresses only.

All donations need to have a proper name and email address included in the parcel before it can be included in the distribution. This is to avoid inconveniences.

For questions and concerns, please send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com


** Special Notes to Consider on Quality of Dresses **
1)  If you can see your hand through the fabric material, then that means you are not using the right material to make a dress. The dresses that we make are supposed to make the girl wearing it more decent so please bear this mind when sewing a dress. We should be making dresses that the girls can outgrow and last longer for this could be the only dress they get to own and wear.
2) If you are using ribbons, make sure they are real ribbons and not ribbons being used to wrap gifts or presents. I have no time to sort dresses let alone repair them so any dresses which uses ribbons that I think will not last for more than a day will not be included in any of the distributions.

Thank you.

Dresses for the 2nd week of June ended 14-Jun-2015

For this week ended 14-Jun, a total of 14 dresses. Six dresses from my sewing during the week with fabrics donated by the Millhouse Collections - all dresses allocated to Project Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
and eight dresses from Yvonne Henderson - three dresses allocated to Project Uganda and five allocated to Project Cambodia
Thank you to Yvonne Henderson for the eight wonderful dresses. Much appreciated.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Parcel Acknowledgement - Project Philippines Batch #2(w/ school supplies)

Here is an acknowledgement of the second batch of parcels sent to the Philippines which included school supplies. There was a bit of a problem in one of the boxes where it was opened upon its arrival at Customs as advised by the carrier and probably lost a few plastic bags but there is not much I can do.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dresses for the first week of June ended 8-Jun-2015

Time to acknowledge the first batch of dresses for the first week of June ended Jun 8, 2015 -
1)  Taking advantage of the long weekend and sewing from previous week, I completed a total of  thirteen dresses for this week. All dresses have been allocated to Project Cambodia(Phnom Penh). Fabrics donated by Millhouse Collections and from my personal fabric collection. T-shirts donated by Joan Wolf and Megan Jones -
2) A parcel of 7 dresses from Christine Caputo - Two have been allocated to Project Uganda
Thank you for the wonderful donations.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Want to help make a difference....with one small dress at a time?

Do you want to make a difference but do not know how or do not have the time to do it? Perhaps Dress A Girl Australia's Clothes Sponsorship program can be of help. 

New dresses and boys' clothes are available for sponsorship. Help make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate children in different locations around the world. For $10.00 or for a price of about 3 cups of coffee, you can sponsor to dress a girl or a dude. 

For more information and/or to sponsor, all you need is click on the link below - Thank you.

Or if being able to hug something or a teddy bear is your cup of tea in making a difference to a life of a disadvantaged kid, then check out my handmade teddy bears and softies.

Your purchase of any of these two programs will be a big help in sustaining this self-funded wonderful cause. For more information, please send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com.

Also to be made available soon are pre-owned items of mine which I am currently sorting and organizing so I could sell to raise money for postage for Christmas distributions. It is coming out very soon.

Parcel Acknowledgements - Project Philippines (c-o Days for Girls MM) and Vietnam

Parcels have arrived and acknowledged for Project Vietnam and Project Philippines (c-o Days for Girls MM)
1) From Project Vietnam -
2) From Project Philippines (c-o Days for Girls MM) -

Thank you to everyone who made these distributions possible.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Parcels for Vietnam sent today

The two parcels for Vietnam were posted today c-o CauseCorps, the group who will be travelling to Vietnam in July.
Thank you to everyone who made this distribution possible.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Philippine Parcels on its way

The last three boxes for school-aged children and a parcel for kids and toddlers between the sizes of 1 to 3 started its journey to the Philippines today to make a difference to the lives of about 300+ disadvantaged kids.
Thank you to everyone who made these distributions possible.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Dress Distribution #93 - for Vietnam (c-o CauseCorps)

Here are the details of the project collection for Vietnam, parcels of which I had to seal today so I can send and deliver them to the group c-o Steven Ma of CauseCorps who will be travelling to Vietnam in July. These two parcels -
contain 87 dresses, 23 t-shirts/pairs of shorts matching sets for boys, 7 boys tshirts and toys -
made possible by the following donors and dress sponsors. Sponsored dresses and fabric donations made into dresses were sewn by Dress A Girl Australia.
1) Suzanne Marshall
2) Kaylee Healy
3) Dawny Bull
4) Frances Cornish
5) Pat Burton
6) Monika Osvald
7) Beatrys Fitler
8) Inspired Peel Sewers
9) Sarah Tanmahapran
10) Elaine Klein
11) Rosina Perrin
12) Mary Longford
13) Corinne @Mod Tot
14) Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
15) Laura Black
16) Millhouse Collections
17) Joan Wolf
18) Karen Chee
19) Karin Maltby
20) Marvie Ladera
21) Megan Jones
22) Lyn Granger
23) Lynn Stupple

To see larger and individual images of the dresses, please click here.

Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible with the dresses you all have donated and for the sponsoring donors whose sponsorship fees is helping me a lot with postage. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity in making a difference to the lives of those who will be soon recipients of these donations in Vietnam. 

My heartfelt thanks as well to Steven Ma of CauseCorps and other members of group for volunteering to carry these items and distribute in Vietnam. Your kindness is much appreciated.

Dress Distribution #96 - Philippines - Size 1-3 only (c-o DFG MM)

At last the details of dress distribution #96 (Sizes 1-3) which are meant for the babies and toddlers of recipients of Days for GIrls kits to be coordinated by Days for Girls Metro Manila.c-o Ann Tomas of Days for Girls Metro Manila. What I found interesting about this project collection is that I was able to make use of small sized-fabrics and/or scraps to make into size 1 and a few size 2 dresses. This parcel which is being picked up tomorrow morning for send-off on Tuesday, 2nd of June -
has 139 dresses, 7 girls tshirts, 11 boys tshirts and 10 undies -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Lorraine Walker
2) Stefan Gimenez (Abbotsford Long Daycare Centre) 
3) Christine Caputo
4) Inspired Peel Sewers
5) L Brown
6) Caloundra Girl Guides c-o Nicole Parrott 
7) Karen Chee
8) Candlelight Team c-o Karen Beck
9) Heather Harris
10) Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides (c-o Mrs C Veen) and Huntingdale Freedom Girl Guides (c-o Nicky Kosonen)
11) Fabric donated by Nicole Neeves and sewn by Dress A Girl Australia
12) Lynn Stupple
13) Megan Jones
14) Yvonne Henderson
15) Maxine Menzel

To see larger and individual images of the dresses, please click here.

Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible with the dresses you all have donated. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity in making a difference to the lives of 139+ kiddies who will be soon recipients of your donations. Thank you. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

Donation Acknowledgement #25/2015 - For Projects Philippines, Vietnam and Uganda

Acknowledgement time for the last parcel of dresses received for Project Philippines (c-o DFG MM) and Project Vietnam. These donations are also the last parcels for the month of May.
1) From fabric donations of Nicole Neeves and sewn by Dress A Girl Australia are nine dresses allocated to Project Philippines (c-o DFG MM) 
2) A parcel of seven dresses, 3 t-shirts/pairs of shorts matching sets for boys, 2 boys' t-shirts and one pack of undies from Lynn Stupple allocated to Project Vietnam and Project Philippines (c-o DFG MM)
 3) A parcel of ten dresses from Megan Jones allocated to Project Phils (c-o DFG MM)
 4) A parcel of six dresses from Yvonne Henderson allocated to Project Philippines (c-o DFG MM)
 5) Twenty-four dresses from Maxine Menzel allocated to Project Philippines (c-o DFG MM)
Thank you so much to all the donors of these dresses. Thank you for helping make a difference. Much appreciated.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Dress Distribution #94 - Philippines for School Aged Kids (June 2015)

These are the details of the dress distribution #94 for School-Aged kids in the Philippines (c-o Norie Bordador). There are six parcels for this particular distribution, three of them had been sent last week and the remaining three below will be sent this coming weekend.
 
The contents of the six parcels have been splitted into two. Here are the 118 dresses and 16 boys' t-shirts - 32 dresses of which already includes school kits sponsored by Kaylee Healy, Kirrily Burton and Suzanne Marshall.
made possible by the following donors -
1) Dress Sponsorships by Kaylee Healy, Kirrily Burton and Suzanne Marshall
2) Dawny Bull
3) Beatrys Fittler
4) Diane Ware
5) Elaine Klein
6) Christine Caputo
7) L Brown
8) Patricia Burton
9) Sharyn Paull
10) Fabric donations by Millhouse Collections
11) Caloundra Girl Guides c-o Nicole Parrott
12) Karen Chee
13) Candlelight Team c-o Karen Beck
14) Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides (c-o Mrs C Veen) and Huntingdale Freedom Girl Guides (c-o Nicky Kosonen)
15) Lorraine Walter
16) Pam Thompson
17) Megan Jones
18) Monika Osvald
and these are the school supplies made up of 182 kits and 11 school bag kits. The books and the world globe will be donated to a public school library to be identified when the actual distribution takes place.
made possible by the following donors -
1) Jayne Hogan
2) Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
3) Maureen O'Brien
4) Pat Burton
5) Jo Holt
6) Monika Osvald
7) Pam of Threading my Way
8) Gaylene Herrmann
9) Sarah Tanmahapran
10) Catherine Jenkins
11) Marvie Ladera
12) Dress A Girl Australia

For larger and individual images of the contents of this distribution, please click here.

Thank you to all the donors of this distribution including those who found it in their hearts to sponsor dresses and my heartfelt thanks to those who helped raised postage for these parcels. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated.

Donation Acknowledgement #24/2015 - For Projects Philippines, Vietnam and Uganda

It is time to acknowledge the second to the last donations for Project Philippines and Vietnam and the still on-going project for Uganda.
1) A parcel of 5 dresses for Project Vietnam and school supplies for Project Philippines from Marvie Ladera -
 2) A parcel of eight dresses for Project Philippines and Uganda, teddy bear toys and t-shirts for Project Vietnam from Megan Jones -
 3) A parcel of three dresses from Pam Thompson for Project Philippines - 
 4) A parcel of 5 dresses for Project Vietnam from Lyn Granger -
5) One dress for Project Uganda from Sian McIntosh - 
 6) Toys, t-shirts and books from Monika Osvald -
Thank you to all the donors for all these wonderful donations. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause. It is much appreciated.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

First Batch of parcels sent to the Philippines today

This is the first of 3 boxes of 6 for Project Philippines (Distribution #94) picked up today and on its way to the Philippines.
The second batch of boxes of 3 will be sent next weekend as soon as I have finished sorting and packing.

New Project deadlines on Distribution #96 and #95 - For everyone's info.

Due to logistics reason and waiting only for a handful of parcels to arrive perhaps by this coming week as advised by the donors, I am moving forward the deadline of dresses for Distribution #96 - Project Philippines c-o Days for Girls MM to the end of this month - May 30th (original deadline is 10th of June). This decision will save me a little on the cost of sending parcels.
The deadline for the Uganda collection (Project #95) will be extended until the end of June to give me more time to save up.  Some of the dresses currently allocated to the Uganda collection will be re-allocated to Distribution #94 - Philippines for school-aged kids to maximize contents of a parcel whose minimum is 20 kilos. Thank you.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

90 school kits for Project Philippines (Distribution #94)

Today I spent sorting and packing school supplies of exercise books, pens and pencils which will be included in the dress distribution #94 for school-aged kids in the Philippines as part of my Education without borders project for 2015. These items will be included in the first batch of parcels that I am sending to the Philippines and scheduled for pick-up tomorrow.
Thank you to Jayne Hogan, Patricia Burton, Maureen O'Brien, the two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull and Dress A Girl Australia for making these school kits possible. 

Donation Acknowledgement #23/2015 - For Projects Philippines

Acknowedgement time for the two parcels I received this week from two groups of sewing ladies. All dresses have been allocated to the two project collections for the Philippines (Distribution Nos 94 and 96).
1) A parcel of eight dresses from the Candlelight team c-o Karen Beck
 2) A parcel of 42 dresses from the Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides c-o Mrs Claire Veen who is the Girl Guide Unit in Maddington. The girls in the unit have been very busy working on an international badge, with part of the challenge involving Dress A Girl Around the World charity. The girls aged between 5 and 11 years including a wider community who became involved with the project produced these beautiful dresses and are keen to have them distributed to the disadvantaged kids.
Thank you so much to the Maddington Sunshine Girl Guides, Claire Veen and the rest of the members of the group and to the Candlelight team c-o Karen Beck for donating these dresses. Thank you for helping make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kids. Much appreciated.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Project Vietnam and Project Philippines now officially closed

Project Vietnam (Distribution #93) and Project Philippines for School-aged kids (Distribution #94) is now officially closed. For those who were planning to contribute to these projects, please make sure your parcels are posted asap to make it to the end of this month's send off to the locations. Thank you.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Third batch of 14 dresses sewn this week (15-17-May-2015)

This is the third batch of 14 dresses and 2 pairs of boys shorts that I have sewn this week bringing my sewing total to 39 dresses and 2 pairs of shorts. 11 dresses short of my target of 50 dresses this week. Nine of the 14 dresses were allocated to Project Vietnam and 5 dresses allocated to the Philippines for school-aged kids. 

With these batch of dresses, it brings my total number of dresses for Project Vietnam to 76 and t-shirts and boys matching sets to 20. I am short of 4 dresses to bring the total to 80 dresses but I will hold on to my sewing for more dresses for Project Vietnam until I received all the parcels after the closing date this coming Wednesday, 20th of May, 2015.

For Project Philippines, after these batch of dresses, I now have a total of 81 dresses and I will continue on sewing until I reached a 100.
These dresses were made possible by the fabric donations of Millhouse Collections, fabrics for the pairs of shorts by Karin Maltby, t-shirts by Monika Osvald and Dress A Girl Australia. Thank you to the donors for their wonderful donations and consistent support of this campaign. Much appreciated.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Due Date Reminders for two Projects (Vietnam and Philippines)

Just a quick and friendly reminder to those who are intending to donate dresses of the coming due dates.

Project Vietnam (Distribution #93) - due date is Wednesday, 20th of May, 2015

Project Philippines for School-aged kids (Distribution #94) - due date is Wednesday, 20th of May, 2015

Thank you.

Donation Acknowledgement #22/2015 - For Projects Vietnam and Philippines

It is time to acknowledge parcels of dresses received this week from the Caloundra Girl Guides c-o Nicole Parrott and Karen Chee. All dresses have been allocated to Project Vietnam and Philippines.
1) A parcel of 10 dresses and 11 t-shirts from the Caloundra Girl Guides c-o Nicole Parrott. All dresses and t-shirts have been allocated to Project Philippines for school-aged kids and Project Philippines c-o DFG MM -
2) A parcel of seven dresses from Karen Chee. One dress has been allocated to Project Vietnam, 2 dresses to Project Philippines for School-aged kids and four dresses to Project Philippines c-o DFG MM.
Thank you to Karen and Nicole for the donations and support of this worthy cause. It is much appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Second batch of 10 dresses sewn this week (13-14-May-2015)

Whether people like it or not, these are the second batch of 10 dresses I have sewn the past couple of days bringing my total to 20 dresses since my sewing mojo came back. All these dresses have been allocated to Project Vietnam which is soon going to close.
Fabrics have been donated by Millhouse Collections. T-shirts by Joan Wolf. 

Thank you to Millhouse Collections and Joan Wolf for their wonderful donations. Ten dresses for ten disadvantaged kids. Ten beautiful smiles. Thank you.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Feedback - Dress Distribution #89 -03/2015 - Project Burma 2015 Collection #1 (c-o Barbara Dodson)

These are images taken from the dress distribution (#89) made in Burma last March 2015.


For larger and individual pictures, please click hereThank you to Barbara Dodson for helping organize this project and providing the pictures. Much appreciated.