Photo from the wedding of a wonderful guy (my interpreter for the week) that mom and I attended while in Haiti in 2015.
We are collecting your wedding gowns, formal dresses and mother-of-the-bride type dresses to send to Haiti. These dresses are given to a wedding gown rental business in Port au Prince through Mission to Haiti. They provide Mdm. Bennison with an income,
and Haitian women a place to go to find beautiful gowns at a reasonable price.
After the construction of the vocational school is complete (see photos here) the school will also begin renting wedding gowns and selling formal dresses. This will not only provide income, but will also give the students the opportunity to utilize their tailoring skills by making dress alterations as needed.
This is what we are looking for –
- Wedding Gowns – They must be new(ish) styles. Haitians have access to the Internet and they know what’s in and what’s not. We also prefer dresses that are not heavy with beading. Some beading is fine, but it’s cost prohibitive to ship super-heavy dresses.
- Formal Gowns – Your daughter’s Prom dress or a bridemaid dress is perfect. Bonus points if you have multiple bridesmaid dresses of the same style to donate.
- Mother-of-the-Bride dresses.
- Nice Capes or Jackets that would go with a wedding gown. Haitian women keep their shoulders covered on their wedding day. (See the little jacket in the above photo.)
- Sewing supplies like lace, white thread, sequins, trim. . . anything that might add to a formal gown.
If you have questions or would like to donate, contact us through Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 🙂
From now on, our shipping address will be 500 Dresses, c/o Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, Iowa 50423.
Thanks so much to Annette at Fabric Traditions in New York, NY for donating a box of awesome fabric. The colorful patterns will make super-cute sundresses!
86 pairs of shorts
13 formal dresses
22 new tuxedo shirts
a whole bunch of sandals donated from a store at the end of the season last year
Once again, we are thankful to everyone who donated dresses, shorts, formal wear and money for shipping to make sending these boxes possible.
I don’t yet know when or where we will ship next, but we accept donations all year long.
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.
Did you eat breakfast today? Have a lunch date planned? Dinner in the crockpot?
Millions of Haitians have empty tummies and are wondering where their next meal will come from.
At 500 Dresses, we’ve decided to try something new and different this summer.
Sticking with our dresses theme, we will be giving you the opportunity to own a cute new doll dress while helping to feed a Haitian family.
Pictured above are several American Girl Doll dresses mom has made. We plan to have these and others available for a freewill donation (suggested donation $10+) at Local Blend coffee shop in Huxley, Iowa starting in June.
At the end of the summer, we will send 100% of the proceeds to Mission to Haiti for the purchase of beans and rice.
$25 feeds a family of five in Haiti for one week. We’d love for you to help us feed as many families as we can.
More details to come….
That’s a weeks worth of Beans and Rice on her head!
I slacked off yesterday and didn’t get a tutorial posted, but I’ve found a variation on the t-shirt dress today. This one has an elastic waist.
T-shirt Dress Tutorial
photo from mommybydaycrafterbynight.com
We receive a lot of pillowcase dresses. They are cute and simple to make. But this week I am going to encourage you seamstresses out there to try something different.
Each day I’m going to post a link to a different simple sundress tutorial that I have found out there in cyberspace.
I dare you to give one a try.
Momday’s dress comes from It’s Always Autumn. It uses a t-shirt as a reference and has cute little flutter sleeves.
photo from: It’s Always Autumn.
Thanks to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Farmers Branch, Texas and The Pin Pals of Carrollton, Texas for sending this box of 88 colorful sundresses!
Several days ago 500 Dresses received 50 pillowcase dresses from Tennessee. Thanks so much to Joy Sapp for taking the time to make and send these awesome dresses!