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 🙂

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

4 Big Boxes Enroute to Haiti


159 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.





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.

Handmade American Girl Doll Dresses and Food for Haiti


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!

That’s a weeks worth of Beans and Rice on her head!

Sundress Tutorial with Flutter Sleeves

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.

photo from: It’s Always Autumn.


Cutting, Sewing, Pinning, Ironing



Last night a group of lovely people joined me at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Huxley to work on dresses, label some shorts and work on getting a box  of school supplies and toiletries ready to send to India. In 2 1/2 hours we completed 7 dresses and have a several more cut and ready to be sewn.

It was so nice to have people change some of my piles of fabric into dresses.

Now if you all could come to my house and change some of the food in my freezer and pantry into meals, life would be perfect 🙂


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