Homemade Dress Drive for Haiti

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Dress driveLast Auguest, when Project HOPE Art was at Nadine’s orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, it became abundantly clear just how few clothes many of her girls have. The items they do own are well worn at best, some just barely holding together. HOPE Art would like to change this with a personal touch by starting a Homemade Dress Drive. We are inviting all seamstresses, beginner to advanced, to make one or more simple sundresses to be hand delivered to the orphanage in Jan. of 2012. This project is being aided by “Oliver + S”, an online pattern company who has kindly agreed to let us use their free sundress pattern that you can download HERE. Please email me with any questions and thanks in advance to all who take this on.
UPDATE: As of March 1st, Hope Art has received 480 sundresses sent from around the world. Our commitment to this drive continues as we share our collection with as many Haitian girls as possible. Thank you everyone!

63 Responses

  1. Kathy Barbro

    Other patterns would be fine, welcomed in fact so that the girls can have a little variety. Thanks for asking!

  2. mentalutopia

    Do we need to use that pattern or woould T-shirt dresses (the kind where you attach a skirt to a ready-made T) be OK?

  3. propagandme

    Hi Kathy,

    Can you please send the mailing address to propagandme ‘at’ gmail.com – I would love to make a dress for this cause.


  4. Melanie

    Hi Kathy, I had planned to make one or two this week. Are you still looking for more dresses? Did you also say the girls need underpants? I have a package of those too.

  5. Kathy Barbro

    Yes Lyn,
    You’ve still got until Nov. 15th. Thanks for wanting to help!


  6. Anonymous

    I’d love to make a couple dresses for Haitian girls. My girls grew up faster then I could sew the fabric up and this would please them, to know they are helping other girls.

    do we still have until Nov 15?

    Lyn Kaufmann

  7. cathyjo

    Hi Kathy .. Y’s Kids in Port Angeles WA has completed 3 dresses and we have 4 or 5 more to finish. The children have had a lot of fun creating and sewing the dresses and are so proud of the completed project. Should have them off to you in the next 2 weeks. Cathyjo Clallam Co YMCA.

  8. I’m hosting our monthly craft group tomorrow night and I’m going to get out my fabric stash to make some of these dresses. Great cause!

  9. Kathy Barbro

    No, it’s not too late at all. Our deadline for receiving goods is roughly Nov. 15th. You can send dresses (and underwear too!) to:

    HOPE Art
    c/o Earth Art Studio
    767 Cathedral Dr.
    Aptos, CA 95003

  10. sparkle jars

    Is it too late to make these? I would like to make a couple this week before leaving for vacation. Where would I send them? Do you also need socks or underwear?
    Thank You, Gayle

  11. Steffi

    I just sent a second package kathy but to the address you origanially sent me. I will forward anything new to this Earth Art studio. It is exciting that you are getting such a great response.So glad to be a part of it.
    Stephanie Needham Shelter Island

  12. Kathy Barbro

    For those who are interested, other styles of dresses are welcome – they just need to be for really warm weather, and any size from 2 – 10. Deadline: November 15th, 2011. Where to? Shipments are now being directed to our northern CA address at:

    HOPE Art
    c/o Earth Art Studio
    767 Cathedral Dr.
    Aptos, CA 95003

    Thanks for such an amazing response everyone. I am truly overwhelmed at the kindness of my readers.

  13. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks Barb, you’ve got lots of time. The plan is to have all our dresses by Nov. 15th so that we can get them on a plane in December. You can email me for our HOPE Art address when you are ready. Thanks!

  14. Anonymous

    Is it too late to make a dress?! I’d LOVE to if at all possible?!!

    Barb M.

  15. Anonymous

    Do we have to follow this pattern? Could we make a pillow case dress, which is pretty similar. I’m thinking of doing this with my middle school girls at school. I might be able to get quite a few.

  16. Erin

    I would love to make a few dresses as well. Could you send me the address where I should mail them?

  17. Clare Early

    I would love to make one of these dresses! Please send the mailing address to clareearly@hotmail.com. So pleased to see such a great response to this!

  18. julie

    We’ve got two dresses done and DONE! Please send your mailing address to jufinn at indiana dot edu.

  19. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Celeste,
    I tried to get your email but your Blogger link is blocking me. Can you email me at kbarbro(at)pacbell(dot)net?

  20. Colleen

    Hi Kathy,
    Unfortunately, I cannot sew, but would be overjoyed to send sunglasses and underwear to help. You are a saint for these girls…thanks for being there for them. Please send me your address so I can send you the goods!

  21. Celeste Lux

    This is a wonderful project? Can you email the address to send the finished dresses to? I want to put out the word

  22. Minkey

    This is a Great idea! I’d love to make a dress.

    Deidra, I was wondering if I should line it, since cottons can be so sheer but that sounded like it would defeat the purpose of a cool sundress. Your idea of just lining the front bodice is what I’ll try instead.

    Thank you!


  23. Anonymous

    This is such a wonderful project! I have plans of making 2 or 3 in different sizes.
    Please send mailing address to: miebrindle@gmail.com
    Thank you!

  24. Kathy Barbro

    I can’t wait to see them Deidra, they sound like lovely dresses.

  25. DeidraH

    I just wanted to mention that I made 3 dresses today in size 8. They came out great. I did want to mention that I added an additional piece of fabric on the inside in the front area for modesty because I think the light colored cottons may need this. I just cut the same bodice front piece but only made it about 12 inches long. This was hemmed and layered before the yoke was set in. It came out nice and has the look of a camisole from the inside. Also after the straps were sewn in place I double stitched them across to the yoke for durability. Have fun sewing!

  26. Amanda

    I will definately be participating in this event! I found your blog through younghouselove’s facebook page and will also be following you and your wonderful art projects. Please send the address for the dresses (and panties!!) to jerzgrl@yahoo.com

    Thank you!!

  27. Whitney O


    My mom and I would like to make some dresses. Could you please send me your mailing address?


    Thank you,

  28. Kathy Barbro

    To all that are asking about other goods to send, small tee shirts to wear under the dresses I think would be great. Thanks!

  29. Cassie

    I am very beginner but would love to make a dress or two. Please send me a mailing address? Casmac16@hotmail.com

  30. hi! i saw this on YHL- i’d be happy to make one too! email address is phoebe.salassi@gmail.com

    what other necessities do they need? i’d be happy to send along with the dress!


  31. Anonymous

    I stumbled upon your wonderful cause on Facebook. If you still need more dresses, I’d love to participate. Here’s my email address: KesselCrib@comcast.net. Thank you, Peggy

  32. Jeane

    What a great thing you are doing here!!! Count me in!

    Can we also send some underwear or would that be too much to take on her trip?

  33. Sherri

    Will definitely be participating in this. Please email mailing address to noahandlilah@hotmail.com. Thanks so much!

  34. Samantha

    I would like to make and send you some dresses…along with some underwear.

    would you please email me your mailing address at sdnyohorct@yahoo.com


  35. Janice

    I’ll make one as well – please email mailing address to janiceharris4839@gmail.com.

  36. Anonymous

    Hi Kathy. You don’t know me and I don’t know you but I just happened on your blog looking for an art project to do with my grand daughter. When I saw your Homemade Dress Drive I couldn’t believe it. I have been wanting to sew some cute little girl dresses to send anywhere where they might be needed. This is the perfect answer. I will definitely do a couple dresses. Thank you for the opportunity.

  37. jbr

    Sign me up!
    It sounds as if you will be able to outfit a lot of little girls.

  38. c(*oo*)o

    Would love to join. Please send mailing address.

  39. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks Deidra,
    Yes, these dresses will all be personally given to the girls by Project HOPE Art. I’ll be sure to get photos posted when that happens.

    When I asked the girls for a wish list on the last day of our visit, they also asked for sunglasses and underwear. Posing for photos with black sunglasses on created a whole lot of giggles. The underwear mention also amazed me. How many of our kids would ask for underwear, if given a chance?

  40. DeidraH

    Im jazzed about making some little girl dresses. Count me in for a few. I’m really liking the idea that they are going to be hand delivered. Makes me feel that they are actually going to get there. Any other things the girls need? Panties? Shoes? Socks?

  41. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks again everyone, I had no idea I’d get such a great response! I’d love to have extra dresses, if that should happen. I don’t have an official size list of the girls, I just feel that they are all in the 6, 7, and 8 range.

  42. Anonymous

    I’d be glad to do up a couple. Any suggestion as to which sizes wold be most needed? i should get a couple done withing the next few weeks.

  43. Anonymous

    Will make one or more – love sewing for girls. Should have done by end of month.

  44. I would love to make some dresses. Please send me the mailing address. carriecooleybarbour@hotmail.com

  45. Kristy

    I’ve shared about your project on my sewing group’s facebook page, very best wishes that you easily exceed your goal! :)

  46. Tiffani

    What a great idea! I’ll see what we can do around here!

  47. Whoopsie Daisy

    I’m in! I love this idea. I’ll post it on my blog as well and hopefully you end up with at least 30, maybe more!

  48. rachael

    what a great project! i’ll definitely be sending along a dress or two and reposting this on my fb page.

  49. missymoos

    I’d love to make a dress. Please let me know where it should be sent.


  50. SewDixieLou

    I would love to do this!

  51. I definitely think we can all make more than 30 dresses! I’ll see if my monthly craft group would like to get in on the action too. Maybe for our September or October meet-up.

  52. dynajenn

    I’ll make one! With three little boys, I’ll be happy to get my girl on!

  53. Bravo Kathy! you are an anggel! and a very gifted artist! all of your art themes are superb! Kisses from Greece.

  54. Kathy Lou

    I am going to organize a sewing day on a Saturday to see if we can make this an extraordinary effort!

  55. Kathy Barbro

    Thank you everyone, I’m overwhelmed by all your kindness. As for a deadline, Mimi from HOPE Art plans to go back to Haiti this December, so there’s plenty of time to sew. Just email me when you need my mailing address and I’ll get it right out to you.

  56. Mary Lynne

    I’d love to make a dress!! will you send me some more info on where to send it to & when by?! Thanks!
    Mary Lynne Jones

  57. Carol

    I, too, would like to make at least one dress. I will also share with friends, so I hope you are prepared for more than 30!!!

  58. Ann and Erica

    Oh what fun! When do you need the dresses?

  59. Kathy Barbro

    Oh, having more that 30 dresses would be a GREAT thing! Then the girls could maybe have some choices when they get dressed. Thanks SO much Michelle! Just let me know when you need my mailing address.

  60. I think I would like to give this a go! I also plan to share the link on Facebook and will share on my next Links I Love post on my blog! Would you be able to send more than 30?

  61. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks Mrs. Art Teacher, cotton would be great. It’s also the easiest way to make the bias strips. Most of the girls are rather tiny, and I think the size 5 or 6 would do for them. Have fun sewing, it’s a very easy pattern to sew.

  62. kara jayne

    here is a link to a pattern to make simple dressed from a pillow case. my mother made over 40 of these last year for a similar cause. they are fast, easy, and adorable. the best part is that you can find many inexpensive and darling pillow cases at the thrift store. what a great way to help both causes.


  63. Mrs. Art Teacher

    I’d be happy to make one and send it along to you Kathy. I’m going to guess cotton would be the best fabric for the girls? I have not printed the dress pattern but is it multi sized and in what case what size would you like us to make?

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