Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Getting Started

Ok, so here we go.  My name is Tricia Bruns.  I am a mother of 2 and firefighter's wife.  I learned how to sew when I was about 10 years old.  My Granny taught me how to sew in an attempt to create a bond between us...and, boy, did it!  She was amazing and I strive to be more like her.

When Granny was too old to travel, she and my aunt made a slew of dresses to send with my cousin when she went on a mission trip to Honduras.  It only seems fitting that when my wonderful friend, Natalie, told me about this organization that she heard of that was making dresses and sending them across the globe, of course I was interested! 

Dress a Girl Around The World is a division of Hope 4 Kids International.  They believe "Every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress."  So, groups across the USA get together and sew pillowcase dresses that are hand-delivered to little girls all across the globe.

I have done some research, talked with the directors and partnered with some friends and we are starting the Lake Charles group of Dress A Girl Around The World.  We will be meeting monthly to sew dresses and have a great time! 

I am REALLY looking forward to our first "Sewing Party"!  My church has offered their facility to us to acheve these goals.  I am So greatful for Chruch of the King in Lake Charles for their support

We will be getting together on Saturday, February 20 @ 1:30pm.  We welcome anyone who is interested to come, bring your machine and some snacks for everyone to share!  We will be having a GREAT time!

I am planning to keep this blog updated to inform anyone with our group that is interested in keeping up with our upcoming events, also sales and deals here locally that can help us to offset the cost of making these dresses. 

Right now, Hobby Lobby has all of their ribbon 50% off.  So, if you plan to come or be a part of this, head over there and pick up some cute ribbon.  1/2" - 1" works best!

Also, a friend (Amber) has just been given a lesson in how to make really cute pillowcase style dresses out of button-up woven shirts!  I am really excited aobout that!  I went today and grabbed 8 at CARC's Treasure Chest today (because today is 50 cent day).  So, I am super excited about being able to make some really cute dresses for almost no cost!  Hoping Amber can teach me so we can teach everyone on Feb. 20!  So, if you want to grab some shirts, bring them too! 

My 6 year old daughter, Janann, and I made her first Dress A Girl dress the othere day.  This is a picture of the finished product!!!  (I know...I am a proud Momma)

I will be posting pictures and hints/tips as often as I can! I encourage you to check out the links I just posted on here!  (some great information)

I just want to thank Heather for all the help and encouragement.  Also, Rachel for the inspiration.  I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people surrounding me!


  1. AWESOME Tricia! You are a real champion!! Thank you for your passion! This is so amazing!

  2. Tricia...the blog is amazing! I am so proud of you...and can't wait to get involved with you. It is so wonderful to look outside our everyday busy lives and be a part of something bigger...after all, isn't that what we are called to do? Love ya girl...see you on the 20th!!!!!!

  3. What is the length for your 2 ribbon pieces? Any tricks/tips to making these out of whole fabric instead of pillowcases?
    Thank you for sharing your work for good.

  4. Where can I get the pillowcase pattern please?