Sunday, February 19, 2012

Great turnout this weekend and another date planned!

What a great turnout on Saturday!  So many new faces!  What a week this has been!

I am so pleased that the recent articles and video articles have brought Dress a Girl to so many!  What a wonderful blessing this has been to our ministry!  So many have asked how they can help.  Obviously, we need pillowcases!  Please-nothing see through!  We want the girls to have modesty and proper coverage.  We also need help sewing and constructing dresses-consider volunteering your time!  We can show you how to make the dresses!  They are SEW EASY! :)

One of our young helpers models a dress!

We also need financial assistance.  We buy supplies for dresses, labels and shipping supplies and shipping costs.  We estimate that $100 donation will make and ship about 50 dresses.  $500 donation will make and ship 250 dresses!  Know of a company that may want to give back?  Corporate sponsors welcome!  Any amount of donation is welcome and 100% will go towards dress supplies and shipping.  We want to bless as many girls as possible!

We also want to find local groups going on missions trips that can carry dresses with them and bless girls with their own handmade pillowcase dresses!

Our next sewing date is Saturday, March 31 from 9am-1pm at Cornerstone Church, 1146 Waterbury Road, Cheshire, CT  06410.  Watch for more to come about this date!

Please contact me with any questions you may have!  I love to talk Dress a Girl!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Join Us to Sew (No experience necessary!)

 Imagine a World Where Every Little Girl Owned at Least One Dress


Join Us!
The Dress a Girl Ministry is meeting
this Saturday, February 18th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Cornerstone Church Sanctuary 
1146 Waterbury Road
Cheshire, CT  06410

Whether you sew or not, we need help cutting, ironing, pinning, 
rolling & packaging dresses for shipment to David Wagner of 
Father’s Heart Ministries.  These are very fun, easy to make &
will make a huge impact on the receiving girl!

Please come, bring a friend if you like, be involved!  
You’ll be helping to bless a little girl who might not have ever owned 
a pretty new dress if it weren't for your kindness and generosity. 

 Any questions, please contact Janine Mahan, Dress a Girl Connecticut at

Hope 4 Women International's "Dress a Girl Around the World" has blessed over 61,000 girls with their own pillowcase dresses in 56 countries including the US.  Volunteers are sewing dresses in all US States, Canada, Uganda, the UK, Philippines, Australia, and Hong Kong. 

****Please donate new & gently used pillowcases****
All colors & sizes welcome!

Financial donations can also be made to:

“Cornerstone Church-Dress a Girl Ministry”, 
1146 Waterbury Road, Cheshire, CT  06410

Together, we really will dress girls around the world.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sewing in a jiffy!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a woman who works for  This is an online news website that wanted to feature Dress a Girl Connecticut on their site!  She asked if I had any dates planned for a sew-a-long that she might come out and video record what we are doing and interview me.  A couple of days later called the administrator at our church to find that she was in Mexico for a week or so!  The deadline was fast approaching and I was under the gun to get a date on the books at Sal's House-a cottage for fellowship on our church property.  I intended to throw a few people together and do a mini-sewing event.  On Wednesday of last week, I booked a Saturday 9am-12pm slot to use the cottage.  I frantically advertised it on Facebook, emailed and talked it up.

Saturday morning came and I had 5 women all show up to help throughout the morning.  It was perfect!  Not too many and they came staggered so that I actually got to talk with everybody!  We even had two new people come help that hadn't before!  Some ironed labels on, another sewing instructor that has been sewing for us did some sewing too. 

As it turned out when I was setting up, I realized just how many dresses I already had completed that just needed to be rolled, bagged and packaged for shipping.  I set a big table up and showed a friend how to do just that.  We worked on opposite sides of the table and talked while we worked.  I am usually running around like crazy instructing, helping and trouble shooting and don't really get to catch up with people as I would like to at sew-a-longs.  This was really nice for me.  And, I loved the smaller setting of Sal's House!  We rolled and bagged hundreds of dresses that have been sitting in a giant covered plastic container on my deck for months just waiting for funding to ship!  I will be so glad to mail those dresses out!  These will go to David Wagner in Florida to be taken to Africa and South America this year on his missions trips.
Dresses completed & labels just sewn on

Sewing on labels

Supplies boxes

Rolling/bagging dresses here

Rolled and Bagged & Counted!

Cutting, Serging & Sewing Station

Sponsor a Woman, Host an Event, email sign ups, Slideshow and Pillowcase party info!

In mid-January, I spoke to a group of Delta Kappa Gamma's and they were so moved by Dress a Girl and what we are doing in Connecticut that they opened their wallets on the spot and donated just over $100!  Now that I have that money in hand, I can afford to ship some of the dresses!  How wonderful!

The video recording went well, she interviewed me and a few others as well.  She took video for nearly 3 hours.  The article will run on Valentine's Day and I am anxious to see how it comes out.  I hope this drums up more interest and excitement for Dress a Girl and that more people will want to become involved.  I also hope that a Corporate Sponsor will come forward!  Surely there is a company out there that would like to help a not for profit help bless little girls by helping with shipping costs and supplies costs?

Either way, my hope is that more eyes be opened to see what we are doing to help bless girls!