The Central Washington University Student Fashion Association is collecting pillowcases for “Dress a Girl Around the World,” a program where students will take the pillowcases and turn them into dresses for girls in need.

The Student Fashion Association will accept donated pillowcases through May 9. Students will have a table from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on weekdays at the SURC at CWU, and also will accept pillowcases at Jerrol’s, Relics and Michaelsen Hall.

“We really hope to get a lot of donations and make it an awesome event,” said Deana Berry, a senior apparel textiles and merchandising major and project coordinator for “Dress a Girl Around the World.”

This is the third year the students have participated in the project, which has made 100 dresses each year.

Once the donations are collected, the club will spend an entire day turning the pillowcases into dresses.

“It’s one long day of cutting the patterns, sewing and putting them together and putting them into boxes to ship off,” said Traci VonJouanne, a senior apparel textiles and merchandising major and president of the Student Fashion Association.

VonJouanne has worked on the project this year and last after transferring to Central.

“It’s a really humbling experience, knowing that we’re giving back,” VonJouanne said.

The club hopes to make at least 150 dresses, and will send them to Hope for Women International.

“They take all of the dresses that are made and they go to countries in South America, Africa and places like that,” Berry said.

The fashion students add ribbon, elastic and pockets, and Hope 4 Women International distributes the dresses in villages. VonJouanne said it’s nice for the girls to “have something precious and something beautiful of their own.”

“They are really cute,” Berry added.

VonJouanne said it’s a great way to “get out of the materialistic world associated with fashion and humble ourselves as a club.”

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