Materials should be thick enough to withstand washing in rivers and good enough to last for a long period of time. Thin and flimsy materials should not be used. If you can see the outline of your hand through the fabric, then you should not make it into a dress at all.
Pockets are great in dresses but please make sure that they are sturdy enough just like the dresses.
Make sure bias tapes and/or strong ribbons are long enough and washable especially for those who use ribbons.
When making a longer dress, make a kick pleat or slit at the bottom and reinforce the top of the kick pleat inside of dress.
Make these dresses special especially because you made them with your own two hands.
Also, please note that I do not accept used dresses. There are requirements for sending used dresses overseas and requires time and money which I cannot spare.
I want everyone to feel happy making dresses and feel more happy when they see the dresses made being worn by the children so please be guided accordingly.
Donors of dresses which I deem as not acceptable and requires repairs will be contacted and advised. Unfortunately you are dealing with someone(and that is me of course :-)) who likes beautiful things and want to make sure that what goes to the children are beautifully made so am a bit strict on quality. This is the reason why I like handmades because they are supposed to be beautiful and done with great care.
Let us all make a difference by making these dresses with much love, care and quality and not just for the sake of making a difference.
Please help me spend whatever time, money and effort I have more productively by not sending me used dresses and following guidelines accordingly. I hardly have time to go to the postoffice (have to wake up early on Saturdays just to be able to pick and send parcels)so please help by not letting me do an extra errand of dropping used dresses in opshops which by the way there is none near my place of residence.
For questions, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.