Martin Luther King Day of Service Project – Dress A Girl Arround The World Sew-a-thon

Martin Luther King Day of Service Project at Lane Library
Dress A Girl Around The World Sew-a-thon

Start your new year off by participating in a new Day of Service project at Lane Memorial Library. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9-12 the Lane Friends will be bringing Dress A Girl Around The World to the library and invite all sewers to join in making dresses for girls that have never had a dress. This is a multi-country effort that has created simple, colorful, dignified dresses for over 450,000 girls in 82 countries including many cities in the USA. The dresses provide self esteem, dignity and help to prevent the girls from abuse.

Jackie Dewey, Southern Maine Ambassador for Dress A Girl, will lead the project and send the resulting dresses to places of need such as Guatemala, Senegal, Nicaragua, India, Malawi and Uganda. You do not need exceptional sewing skills to create your dress just be able to stitch straight lines on your machine and Jackie guides the group through the process. Jackie will provide irons, ironing boards, cutting boards, rotary cutters, patterns, some fabrics and trims.

We will be making sundresses and you are asked to bring the following:

• Sewing machine or serger. Extension cords, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle for the buttons, thread.
• Fabric that is 45-ish” wide and 18+” long. Extra wide, double folded bias tape to match your fabric. (Two commercially packages of tape will make 3 dresses.) You may also make your bias tape if you wish.
• Elastic: 1/2 or 3/4 wide
• Embellishments include buttons, lace, rick rack. Your design, your decision to include or not.

Excitement and friends for a fun time together.