Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dresses for Cambodia

A few weeks ago I was thinking about how this year I wanted to use something that I am good at to help others, when into my mind popped my friend Sarah, who for the last year has been living and serving in Cambodia. She is back in NZ right now visiting her family, but will be returning to work at a mission school for the next few years.

Sarah is an incredible person, I admire her a lot, she has a love of people I can't even begin to comprehend, so I really wanted to be able to help equip her to do the loving on our behalf across the seas.

Sarah told me about an organisation in Cambodia that picks up street children, aged 2-5 (let that sink in) and clothes, feeds and teaches them for the day.

Usually, they are dressed in soccer uniforms. I thought that perhaps I could make some simple dresses for the girls to which Sarah said Yes please!!

I have in mind to make 20+ 50+ 100+dresses for young Khymer girls that Sarah will be taking back with her in May to deliver, and any extra she would like to give them to their older siblings too.

A simple peasant dress will do well (as pictured), it's nice and stretchy so it can do a range of sizes in a top / tunic and will be able to grow with the young girls.

I wondered, and here's the part I'm nervous about; Would you join me in making dresses for Cambodia?

It may not be saving the world, but to me a smile across from across an ocean is a little bit like heaven coming to earth. Will you join me in making some more smiles in Cambodia?

Here's some details:
  • Size's 1-7 wanted (please include a size label, like these cheap ones from Pattern Postie)
  • Here's a tutorial for a simple peasant dress
  • I would prefer if you did a peasant dress style, as its light and easy to get on and off and can grow with the girls, but if you really must do something different please make sure the shoulders are covered.
  • Use only nice fabrics that you would be proud to dress your own children in. 
  • When selecting fabrics, look for nice natural breathable fabrics (cotton and linen are great!)
  • If you can't sew and you want to be involved, you could donate fabric (good quality vintage sheets, or unused pretty fabric) or money for fabric ($15 would sponsor a whole dress with brand new fabric). Just get in touch to ask how.
  • They need to be finished and on my doorstep by April 15th 2015 :)
Yay! Will you join me? I'm super excited about this project, and I'll be starting this week! Let me know if you plan to join, and please share this post with your crafty/global loving friends


you can email me on sophie{AT} for more information 

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  1. Cancel that last comment - I've just seen the link. Oh dear not a good day today! My apologies

  2. Awesome Idea, will def be joining in :)

  3. Ooops....and then I read covered shoulders! Ooops.

  4. Me again, I have some pretty fabric which would be great. Where would you like it posted too?


  5. Awesome idea. I am in. It will be a great opportunity to use up some of my fabric stash.

    That free pattern is really user friendly. I just made a couple in the last 2 days for my daughter.

  6. I am happy to help.

  7. This is a fantastic way to help Sophie! I will definetly be donating a dress, and i have shared your link around my networks. Good luck! :) Justine

  8. Count me in!
    I'm back in April so will bring a few back w me.


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