Dressmakers come together for girls in impoverished world


April 11, 2019

Diana Zimmerman

Debbie Cleveland, Roxie St. Peter, Pam Hanson, and Susan Early share a smile and ideas about the dresses they are making for Dress a Girl. The project has created an opportunity for local women to make friends, express themselves creatively, and bring a smile to young girls all over the world.

When someone moves to Wahkiakum County, he or she brings their own ideas, experiences, and knowledge with them.

When a former Tacoma resident moved to the area, she told a new friend about the Dress a Girl project, and now it's got women all over the county making new friends, using their sewing skills, and embracing creativity to make simple, pretty dresses for young girls in impoverished communities all over the world.

It's not a hand-me-down. It's a chance for a child to delight in something colorful and lovely, made just for her.

On Friday, some women in the group gathered at the community Center in Cathlamet to show off their work and sew Dress a Girl tags on each dress. Merry colors covered the tables, and the ladies oohed and ahhed over each other's work, finding inspiration for their next dress.

They are making 100 dresses. Cathlamet resident Pam Hanson has been especially industrious, having already made 25. They will be sent to the Dress a Girl headquarters in Iowa, and then disbursed to children in poverty stricken communities all over the world, including in the U.S.

To see some of the dresses that women in southwest Washington have been creating, a Dress a Girl Around the World Fashion Show and Tea Party is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at Valley Bible Church at 4723 State Route 4, in Rosburg. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will go to support Sophia, a six year old girl who suffers from Pans Disease.

If you would like to join the group or if you have fabric to donate, or would like to purchase a ticket to the fashion show and tea party, contact Pearl Blackburn at 360-465-2347.

Diana Zimmerman

There are parameters for the way each dress must be made by Dress a Girl volunteers, but there is a lot of room for creativity. The dresses will be sent to Dress a Girl headquarters in Iowa and then dispersed to little girls in impoverished communities throughout the world, including here in the US.


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