Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

500 Dresses – Update 1

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I had been putting off jumping into a second dress campaign for Haiti because, well, for one, I don’t love to sew. (Ssshhhh, don’t tell my mom.) And two, I knew once I got started there would be no going back. And three, I feared that people wouldn’t want to help out, and I’d be stuck looking like a fool with this lofty goal of 500 dresses and no one but my mom and little old me to sew them. And as I stated above, I don’t love to sew 😉

It turns out, people do want to help. Hallelujah! In fact, in the seven days since my last post more than a dozen people from three different states have volunteered to help by donating financially or sewing dresses.  I’ve even had people who don’t know how to sew ask me to teach them how so they can help. I’ve gotta be honest, the thought of that makes me giggle a little. I guess all those years or torture training in front of my mom’s sewing machine are serving a purpose.

Check out the dress tally I’ve added to my sidebar. I’ll update it each week so you can check back and see our progress.

My friend Melonie made me aware of this link that has great step-by-step instructions for pillowcase dresses if you want to give that a try.

The photo above is of Ann Nealey (she and her husband, Bill, founded Mission to Haiti) giving a young girl a new dress.

If you want to help, I’d love to hear from you!



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.

One thought on “500 Dresses – Update 1

  1. Another dress pattern, like a pillowcase dress, but with purchased material.
    you tube video for visual learners

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