Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

500 Dresses



With the help of friends, family and acquaintances, I was able to ship 121 homemade dresses to Haiti last year. Through the organization Mission to Haiti, the dresses were hand-delivered to little girls who needed them.


With the help of friends, family and acquaintances, I hope to ship 500 dresses and pairs of shorts to Haiti this year. I know, it sounds like a crazy big goal right? But I figure if we were able to make 121 dresses last year with my “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of organization, 500 is very doable for round two. Plus, I happen to know the God of the Universe, and I am learning that when I serve Him, He is FAITHFUL.  Matthew 25:40 says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of  the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Let’s start sewing and see where God takes it.

Owen’s class at Ballard East has given us a start. After spending a morning in Mrs. Johnson’s third-grade classroom , I came home with fabric for four dresses and six pairs of shorts cut out and ready to be sewn together. (Pictured above is some of the finished product.) The idea to add shorts to the mix came from Owen. He was concerned the boys might be disappointed when the girls received their dresses, so my mom came up with a very simple pattern for shorts we can make for the boys this year.

Below is a list of ways you can help.

  1. Make dresses and/or shorts on your own and drop them off at my house.  You can use whatever patterns you choose size 3 – 8.
  2. Donate fabric or ¾ inch elastic.
  3. Donate money for fabric, elastic and shipping.
  4. Use fabric and patterns that I can provide to you to make dresses/shorts and return them to me when you are finished. (Even a novice can make these.)
    1. Pattern 1 – romper, 4-piece pattern
    2. Pattern 2 – halter, 3-piece pattern
    3. Pattern 2 – shorts,  2-piece pattern

Leave a comment on this post, email me, call me  or contact me on facebook if you want to take part!


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

5 thoughts on “500 Dresses

  1. Kim,

    I met a young woman last summer who was making pillow case dresses for girls around the world. She had actually up a booth with sewing machines, etc. at an outdoor world vision event where people could stop by to sew a dress. I thought it was a great idea and sewed a dress there that afternoon! It is a very simple pattern using a pillow case. Here is the link

    I’ll email you a picture


  2. Thanks for the info, Melonie. I’ll pass the info on to people as an option.

  3. Hi, Kim, I met you at Grace one Sunday morning. Matt S is our son. I love your idea. I would enjoy sewing for you. I have made the pillowcase dresses and my only suggestion about the style is to be sure to add a slit in the side seams so the girls can walk easier and even run. Would you please send me the patterns mentioned? I will make copies for some friends. Is light weight cotton the recommended fabric? THANKS for your lofty goal and we know God will provide. Sherry

  4. I am interested in helping make the dresses and shorts Kim and would be interested in donating materials as well. Let me know next time you are working on them!

    Lori Schonhorst

  5. Sherry – I will get copies of patterns to Marisa for you. Let me know if you need me to provide you with any fabric. And yes, lightweight cotton fabric is probably best.

    Lori – I’ll contact you about the dresses.

    Thanks to both of you for taking part! I’m excited to see what we end up with.

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