500 Dresses Change of Address

address change

Because I (Kim) move more than the average person, mom and I have decided 500 Dresses would run more smoothly if donations were shipped to her instead of me. Corey and I just completed our 10th move in 17 years of marriage. I’m not sure if that is impressive or insane, but whatever it is, it’s my life ūüôā

From now on, our shipping address will be 500 Dresses, c/o Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, Iowa 50423.

Easy Short Sleeve Dress and T-shirt Dress Tutorials


Adorable girls from an Indian orphanage wearing our dresses.

We would love to have some sleeved dresses (size 10 and up is best) for our inventory, and I found some simple tutorials to get you started if you are interested in serving 500 Dresses in this way.

All of the dresses that we ship to India must have sleeves, and we don’t often have a lot of notice before a shipment is to go out. We send our dresses to India via missionary luggage, so we don’t plan shipment dates. The more of you who donate sleeved dresses, the easier it will be for us to fill a suitcase when we are given an opportunity to ship to India.

Thanks for considering helping us out by trying out one of these dress styles!

Twirly Tshirt dress tutorial

Twirly T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (From craftycupboard.net)


T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (from jackandkate.com)


How to Make a T-shirt Dress (from thehappyhousewife.com)


Short Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial (from sewlikemymom.com)


Easy Shift Dress DIY Tutorial (from sewpetitegal.blogspot.com)

Dresses for India

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Pictured¬†above are some of the cute dresses mom shipped¬†to India this week. The dresses we send to India must have sleeves. It’s a cultural modesty issue.

We love it when we receive boxes of dresses to ship throughout the world, but we usually receive sleeveless dresses. If you are interested in helping us build up our inventory for the next time we have the opportunity to ship to India, we are especially in need of sleeved dresses size 10 and up.

I will post some simple dress style ideas soon to get you started. ( T-shirt dresses are perfect and easy to make.)



Donate Your Wedding Dress (Large Sizes Only)

IMG_5486Do you have a large wedding dress taking up space in your closet or know of someone who does?

We are in need of wedding dresses (size 12 and up)  to ship to Haiti. Though the Dorcas Ministry Shop has closed its doors, Madame Benison still rents out wedding gowns and sells formals gowns through a room on the Mission to Haiti campus.

Mdm. Bennison

Mdm. Bennison

This endeavor supplies her with a regular income, and she provides an excellent service for brides in Port au Prince. During the one week my mom and I spent in Haiti, we saw her do fittings with 2 customers.

She currently has a large number of small dresses, but very few large sizes, so she has had to turn people away.

Donations can be sent us at 500 Dresses c/o Kim Harms, 314 Centennial Dr., Huxley, IA 50124

As always, thank you for your support of this ministry!

500 Dresses in India



It makes you feel loved¬†to discover that God used you to answer the prayer of¬†a group of little¬†girls in an Indian orphanage. ¬†That’s what happened to mom this week.

The following is an email of thanks she received for the dresses we shipped to India this summer. When mom discovered this opportunity ¬†to help needy girls in India, and found that the orphanage required “sleeved” dresses (most of the dress donations we receive are sleeveless), she got to work sewing dresses.

The photo above is the fruit of her labors, and the fruit of those who have donated to our cause. You help make it possible to send dresses halfway across the world.

(Brother Aby is the missionary who took the dresses to India for us.)

Dear Brother Aby, Greetings for the day! Thank you very much for bringing clothes for my girls! It worth a lot for them. We have been praying for a new clothes for the last six+ months and just thank God for His timely provision. I know for sure that somebody paid the price, sacrifice their time and money and sent this precious gift – can you say a BIG THANKS to them. Our kids prayed for them without knowing their name and I believe God will bless and prosper their lives. I also thank you for bringing it to us, since I have been to overseas many times I know the struggles to bring such a huge bag! May the good Lord bless you Aby! Please see few snaps that I took this morning from our home! Blessings!
Ajayan Abraham

Dresses for India

We’re shipping some dresses to India ūüôā Much like when we shipped to Uganda, these dresses will be sent in a suitcase on a flight with a missionary, saving a lot of money in shipping.

We’d love to have your help, but there are two stipulations with these dresses.

1. They must have sleeves.

2. They must be at least knee length.

Below I have linked to a few sleeved dress tutorials I’ve found online that look relatively simple. You can choose one of these or make a dress from a pattern you have as long as it fits the parameters. We¬†will be shipping a variety of sizes.

DEADLINE: August 30.

Questions? Leave a comment or send me a message at 500dresses@gmail.com.

peasant pic

from onceuponasewingmachine.com

Peasant Dress Tutorial


from scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com

Peasant Dress Tutorial #2

shift dress

from morningbymorningproductions.blogspot.com

Shift Dress Tutorial

womens dress 3

from elleapparelblog.com

T-Shirt Shift Dress Tutorial

Four 500 Dresses Updates


1. We are no longer accepting wedding gowns. As these are rented out and not sold, they currently have plenty of inventory in Haiti.


2. We are still accepting formal gowns; bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and prom dresses of all sizes. These dresses are sold instead of rented out so the inventory fluctuates.


3. We will be making a shipment this coming week, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed a deadline to get donations to us. We accept donations all year, and often have the opportunity to send small shipments of sundresses and shorts to various countries in between our big shipments to Haiti. Anything we receive after next week’s shipment will be stored for the future.


4. We have handmade American Girl Doll Dresses available at Local Blend Coffee Shop in Huxley, IA for a free will donation. All of the proceeds will go toward feeding Haitian families.¬†If you are interested in a dress, but aren’t local to Huxley, email me at 500dresses@gmail.com.

Shipping to Haiti Soon


We are starting to box things up for a shipment to Haiti. The plan is to send 3 large boxes during the week of June 7. ¬†Don’t feel rushed to get dresses and/or shorts to us before that date. Anything we receive after we’ve shipped will be held for¬†the next shipment, or may possibly be sent to a different country, depending on what kind of opporunities present themselves.

We’ve got about a dozen formal gowns and 20+ brand new tuxedo shirts heading to Haiti along with the shorts and sundresses this time.

Thanks again for all of your support.