"I'm always excited when this time of year rolls around. I get to play with fabric, fellowship with amazing volunteers, and support a beautiful cause. This project is near and dear to me, not only because of my fashion apparel background, but because we've built such an amazing network that brings people together, invites creativity and builds community. I hope you'll join us for the second virtual edition of the project and seventh year supporting Little Dresses for Africa through this initiative." Gwen
HOW IT STARTED
For the past six years we’ve hosted a community event in support of non-profit organization Little Dresses for Africa, a group devoted to providing relief to children across the globe. One way they do that is by clothing little girls and boys in Africa.
Many of the millions of dresses they've donated are made out of pillowcases by volunteers from all over.
In 2015 we started the 100 Dresses for Little Dresses for Africa Project, and with the help of the Gwen Beloti community, we have made and donated hundreds of dresses.
Annually, from students , to mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, our volunteers give of their time and creativity to help someone else. We're are so grateful the community that we've built.
HOW IT'S GOING
This year for our 7th Annual event, we're going virtual again, so you can participate from anywhere!
For the challenge, participants will make and design a little girls dress out of a pillowcase. Haven't sewn before? Not a problem, we'll show you how, by hand or machine.
Dresses will be judged by a panel on creativity and functionality. The community will have the final say through a public vote and select the winners to receive the cash prizes of $150 and $100.
This project is intended to be fun and build community. We hope you'll join us!
The deadline to submit is July 12th.
Registration is required.
When you sign up you'll receive a series of tutorials and tips, as well as a materials list. Participants of the challenge are asked to donate the dresses they make to a local donation center or to gift it. Gwen Beloti Collection will make a monetary donation to Little Dresses for Africa, a portion of proceeds from June sales. Review the challenge guidelines, rules, and timeline here. Learn more about our community initiatives on our Community page.
Maria Caterina Chiuchiarelli
“The 100 Dresses Challenge was a bright light during the dark times of the pandemic. I rediscovered my passion for sewing and nurture my first real passion: creating for a good cause! Thanks to Gwen Beloti for involving me in this unique initiate.”
"I got the opportunity to take part in the annual event about two years ago, it was wonderful to say the least. I was able to fellowship with so many people and we had an awesome time!"
It was a wonderful experience! Not only did I get a chance to do something meaningful but I met a lot of amazing people during the event. I am so glad to see it continue to grow!
"I am grateful to have been a part of 100 Dresses for the last 6 years. Knowing that I can give a gift that impacts a young girl's life is the ultimate sense of fulfillment and purpose."