I was not planning on doing anything more than making one dress. I roped in a few friends to make a few more dresses and then somehow I ended up co-ordinating the charity in the UK (still not quite sure how that happened!) Today I'm feeling pretty proud of what we have achieved in the UK because this week we reached the grand total of
Yes 5,000 dresses!! In fact we have smashed the 5,000 target with the total number of dresses made by all you lovely people now being 5,392 dresses (and 527 pairs of shorts!). Not forgetting the bags, hairbands, bracelets, puppets and dolls that people have also made and sent. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has made dresses, held events, blogged about us and to everyone who has distibuted dresses for us in over 21 different countries around the world.
We've had hundreds of people make dresses and lots of support from individuals, sewing cafes, WI groups, schools, colleges and guide groups with people of all ages coming together to sew from age 9 to age 92! We've had fantastic support from businesses too (Abakhan Fabrics and Sew La La particulaly who donated fabric to me). We even managed to help get 15 vintage Singer sewing machines to Uganda.
GOA & KENYA 2012
SOUTH AFRICA 2013
We've been featured in lots of magazines including Sewing World, Craft Seller, Home Style Sewing, Simply Homemade, Do Crafts Creativity and Crafts Beautiful and on numerous blogs. We have features coming up soon in Sewing World, My Weekly and Woman's Own. We've even been featured on BBC's School Report.
KATANGA SLUM - UGANDA
Dresses have been distributed by people all over the country to schools, baby homes, orphanages, villages and slums. There are some fantastic charities out there doing amazing work all over the world. This project has totally restored my faith in human nature and in the kindness and generosity of most people.
We've had some amazing celebrity support on Twitter. RT's from Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, Ruth Langsford, Lauren Laverne, Emma Freud and Emma Forbes have been amazing at getting the word out there and encouraging new people to get involved and is much appreciated. I'm still working on Kirsty Allsop!
We also made shorts for the boys!
Its been such an exciting journey. I've learnt lots and want the charity to go from strength to strength. We still need people to join in and make dresses and shorts. You can find lots more info on my blog here. There is also a facebook page here. Next stop is 10,000 dresses. Whose with me??