Wednesday 17 January 2024

Reminders on how to make dress donations and guidelines

 Lately, I have been getting a few enquiries about dress donations. Due to space problems at home, I can no longer accept continous dress donations unless I have a specific location to send them to. Cut-off dates when a location is identified will be posted on this site.

Dress a Girl Australia is not financed and/or sponsored by anyone. Due to the regularly increasing cost of postage and cost of distributing dresses I would now require a donation of $2.00 per dress if you want to donate a dress. Below are a couple of links which can give anyone an idea as to how to donate dresses and guidelines on how to make and/or sew a dress to donate.

Guidelines on Dress Donations

Guidelines on How to Make Dresses

For any questions and/or clarifications, please feel free to send me an email. Or send me a message using the 'Çontact Me' tab at the top of this page. Thank you.

Monday 8 January 2024

08-Jan-2024 : Donation #1/2024 - Dress Donations from Berkley Vale High School

 Received in December 2023 but acknowledging only today are 13 dress donations from a group of senior students of Berkley Vale High School sent by their sewing teacher Katrina Hill.

Click on the image above or click here to see more of the 13 dresses. Thank you to the group and to Katrina for the dress donations and thank you as well for the postage donation. It is very much appreciated.

08-Jan-2024 : Dress a Girl Australia's Final Stats for Year 2023

It is time to post the 2023 stats for Dress A Girl Australia. Two locations were recipients of the dresses I made. Total number of dresses distributed was 34 only, a few toys and childrens' books and magazines. Distributions were made in Portugal and a special community in Queensland. 

With the above 2023 distributions added to the grand total, below is a summary of Dress A Girl Australia's grand total distributions -

  • Total number of dresses  - 10,190
  • Total number of t-shirts/boys' sets  - 1,175
  • Total number of shorts for boys only  - 789

More details on the chart below for 2023 -

Now that everything seems to be back to normal, I hope to continue distributions in the future. Thank you.

Dress Distribution #125 - Sharing Dresses for Queensland

 This distribution was made last November 2023 but am only writing the article today. The 20 dresses below were given to a community in Queensland by another acquaintance. Also included in the parcel were childrens books, magazines and toys for a centre that was being established in the area for this special community. I was not able to take pictures of the childrens' books and magazines but the toys I donated for the centre are on the image below. 

These are the dresses -

and the toys -
It was quite difficult to make a difference during the past 3 years due to the global pandemic and more expensive cost of sending parcels and distributing the dresses. Was glad I was still able to help make a difference last year in my own little way. If you are interested to make a difference this year, please check out the following info below by clicking on the links. You will also find the links on the left side navigation pane on this page.

For more information please feel free to send me an email or click on the ''Çontact Me'' tab at the top of this page.  Thank you.

Dress Distribution #124 - To an Orphanage in Portugal

It has been a while since I was able to make a difference. I am only writing this article now but this distribution was made in May 2023 when I had a trip to Spain and Portugal. I handed it over to an acquaintance of mine who worked in an agency dealing with children in refugee camps. Unfortunately there were no pictures as I had such a limited time. I made and took 14 dresses with me and these are the dresses -

Click on the image above or click here if anyone wants to see more details of the dresses I made. 

Saturday 23 December 2023

Sunday 22 October 2023

2023 Sewing Marathon : Dress #11 to Dress #18

 22-Oct-2023 : Sewn eight (8) dresses the past 5 days. 

Please click on the image above if you want to see the other handmade dresses I have made so far.

More to come... fabrics and dresses.

Monday 16 October 2023

2023 Sewing Marathon : Dress #6 to Dress #10

 16-Oct-2023 : Three dresses I made over the weekend and two this morning for my 2023 Sewing Marathon. 

Please click on the image above if you want to see the other handmade dresses I have made so far.

More to come... fabrics and dresses.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

2023 Sewing Marathon : Dress #5

10-Oct-2023 : This is the dress I made for today - Dress #5 which I will be adding to my 2023 Sewing Marathon album.

Please click on the image above if you want to see the other handmade dresses I have made so far.

More to come... fabrics and dresses.

Monday 9 October 2023

2023 Sewing Marathon : Dress #4

 09-Oct-2023 : This is the dress I made for the day - Dress #4 which I will be adding to my 2023 Sewing Marathon album.

Please click on the image above if you want to see the other handmade dresses I have made so far.

And here are more fabrics from my collection that I will be making into dresses in the next few days for my sewing marathon. Might take more time to sew them as some of the fabrics are small so I may need to mix & match them up to make into a dress.

More to come... fabrics and dresses.

First Sewing Marathon after 5 years

 After not much sewing a sewing marathon seemed like a good idea after 5 years and being inactive for almost 3-1/2 years due to the global pandemic. I will be sewing at least one dress a day until the end of the year and have ready-made dresses ready for distribution everytime I find a suitable location to make a distribution and/or whenever I have the chance to travel and handcarry my handmade dresses with me. 

I started sewing 2 days ago and so far has made 3 dresses...

... and there will be more to come in the next few days! A good way to make use of my fabrics in the boxes. To check out all the dresses I have made so far, please click here or click on the section '(New!)-FY23 - Sewing Marathon by Dress A Girl Australia' which you will find on the left navigation pane of any of the blog's pages. Thank you.

Tuesday 5 September 2023

A Reminder for those who want to donate dresses in the future

 I would like to remind anyone who wants to make dress donations  in the future, to please read the Guidelines on How to Make Dresses and Limitations on Dress Donations using the links below. These guidelines are necessary to avoid inconveniences.

Tutorials on how to make dresses are also available using any of the links below :

The guidelines are very simple enough to follow but please feel free to send me an email for any questions and/or further clarifications you may need regarding the guidelines by clicking here or clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of this page or click on the 'Contact Dress A Girl Australia Red tab on the right side of this page. Thank you.

Tuesday 25 April 2023

More dresses for Portugal

I have sewn more dresses for Portugal and this brings my tally to 11. My target is 20 dresses which will weigh about 2-2.5kgs and with about 12 days to go before my planned departure, 9 more dresses to sew is achievable.
Click on the image above or click here to check the 'Dresses for Portugal' album.

Saturday 15 April 2023

Sewing Dresses for Portugal

I have started to sew dresses again. So far I have sewn 3 dresses and will be bringing with me to Portugal in May.

I hope to sew a few more in the next few days. All dresses will be posted in an album 'Dresses for Portugal' which you can find if you click on the image above or if you click here. You can also find a link to the album on the left navigational pane under '(New!) FY23 - Dress A Girl Australia - Dresses for Portugal'.

Saturday 1 April 2023

Starting to Sew Again

 After almost 3 years (pandemic years) of non-sewing of dresses for Dress A Girl Australia,  I am now ready to sew again. For the next two weeks I have a goal of sewing at least 15 dresses for children between the ages of 2 to 13. These dresses I will be bringing with me when I leave for Spain and Portugal next month. In Spain I will be spending about 2 weeks to do a camino and then travel to Portugal for about a week. It is in Lisbon, Portugal where I will be donating these dresses to an orphanage I have contacted. Here are some of the fabrics I will be making into dresses.

I am so looking forward to this travel to do a camino and ending this adventure with a donation of dresses. I get to share my blessings again with children in need.

Thursday 30 March 2023

Update on Dress A Girl Australia

 Lately, I have been receiving lots of emails and messages asking if I am still the ambassador for Dress A Girl Around the World here in Australia. I was the original ambassador in 2011 till 2013. I am no longer the ambassador for this worldwide campaign since 2014 but I still continued the work on my own whenever time and finances allowed me to do it .  

Since 2011 to 2022, I have distributed over 10,156 dresses around the world, 1,175 T-shirts/Shorts Sets for the boys, 789 Boys Shorts only, 149 Quilts, 28 Leggings and 123 totes used as schoolbags, 57 boys and girls undies only (numbers exclude those that were given away with dresses and t-shirts/shorts set for boys) and 6 pairs of girls socks. Also distributed were packs and packs of undies for boys and girls. 

Through my Dress Sponsorship Program, I was able to raise money for Clean water Tanks for Vietnam(Christina Noble Foundation Program) in 2017, constructed and installed a well for clean water in Uganda in 2014 and Project Soibada in Timor Leste in 2016. I have also distributed school supplies for my 'Education without Borders' campaign and this is an ongoing project.

In 2020, I did 30 Christmas Shoeboxes which were distributed in any of these 4 countries : Fiji, Cambodia, Vietnam and Madagascar. I knew 5 boxes went to Madagascar.

During the pandemic years I joined Walk Challenges to raise money for a couple of charity organizations.

I have also made small donations of Christmas Fabrics and banners for Lismore, handmade cards for Meals on Wheels and Tie Hats for Breast Cancer patients in 2022. 

I have not been accepting donations since 2020 due to the pandemic but in my own little way I was able to make a distribution in the Philippines last October 2022. Since then I have been kept busy by my plan to do the Camino in Spain this coming May (in fact I will be departing for Barcelona on the 11th of May) and will be traveling to Portugal after I have completed the Camino with a small bag of dresses to donate to an orphanage in Lisbon.

You still can continue to download copies of the patterns I use to make dresses in my blog if anyone wants to (Tutorials on How to Make Dresses which you will find on the left side of this page.

I do not know who is now the ambassador for this campaign here in Australia because almost every year they keep on changing. All I know is I will keep on doing this work even if I have to make my own dresses. Hopefully I will be able to spare time and money when I come back from my camino and make a distribution before or for Christmas this year.

If you want to sponsor dresses to help raise money to pay for the cost of dress distributions, please click here. If you want handmade items such as dolls, totes, softbooks, quilts and wallhangings, craft books and other craft stuff, please click here. I try to update my website whenever I can and whenever I have new things to sell.

For any questions and/or enquiries about Dress A Girl Australia, you can send me a message via a click on the 'Contact Dress a Girl Australia' orange tab on the right side of this blog page. Or click on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of this page. 

To all my previous donors and dress sponsors, thank you so much for your donations. They were all appreciated. Thank you.