Here are a few guidelines on how to make a dress. Please bear in mind that the dresses you make and given out to these children could only be the dress they will get to own for a long time so it will be great if they are made with care and quality. Please also remember that we are all volunteers on this campaign, we all volunteer to make dresses to make these children own dresses.  Some of us are working people too but happy to find the time to make dresses. There is no one in the group whose time is focused on making repairs or improvements on the dresses so PLEASE be considerate.

Materials should be thick enough to withstand washing in rivers and good enough to last for a long period of time. Thin and flimsy materials should not be used. If you can see the outline of your hand through the fabric, then you should not make it into a dress at all.

Pockets are great in dresses but please make sure that they are sturdy enough just like the dresses.

Make sure bias tapes and/or strong ribbons are long enough and washable especially for those who use ribbons. Ribbons being used for presents are not acceptable.  

If you are using ribbons, make sure that you run a few stitches at the point where they need to end in the neckline area (near the armpit) to make sure that they do not get detached from the dress. The dress will not become wearable without the ribbons and what a waste of time, money and effort in sending those dresses only to end up not wearable.

All hemlines must be sewn. Any dresses with unfinished hemlines will not be included in any distribution.

When making a longer dress, make a kick pleat or slit at the bottom and reinforce the top of the kick pleat inside of dress.

Same with pairs of shorts, please use fabric materials that are meant for shorts and do not make them short shorts. Make them longer. Do not use thin and flimsy materials as they also will not look good on the boys. Same as dresses, shorts that do not meet the guidelines will not be included in any of the distributions.

Avoid using fabrics that require linings. If the material requires a lining that means it is not strong enough to withstand washing in rugged environments. Also dresses with linings are double the weight of dresses without lining. Instead of sending 2 dresses I can only send 1. Please be more understanding of the weight of the dresses that you donate.

If you are recyling fabrics, make sure those fabrics do not have a stain in them.

No repairs will be made to dresses donated that I think do not meet the standard. They will not be included in any of the distributions. We want to see the dress worn by the child for as long as it can be worn and not just a one-day wear. Remember, for some, this could be the only dress that they get to wear and call their own for a long period of time. Dresses requiring repairs wil not be included in any of the distributions.

Also, please note that I do not accept used dresses. There are requirements for sending used dresses overseas and requires time and money which I cannot spare. Some of us spend hours making these dresses so it will not be fair if you send dresses that you bought and are used.

I want everyone to feel happy making dresses and feel more happy when they see the dresses made being worn by the children so please be guided accordingly. Donors of dresses which I deem as not acceptable and requires repairs will be contacted and advised.

Let us all make a difference by making these dresses with much love, care and quality. In short, if you cannot wear the dress you are making or any child you know cannot wear the dress you are donating, that means even a child who is disadvantaged should not be forced to wear something we reject just because they are disadvantaged.

For questions, please feel free to send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com.