LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They call themselves "Sew Blessed," and when you get the group of seamstresses together, you will hear the humming of sewing machines and lots of gab.

"You know us ladies, we love to get together and talk and we have lunch together and food," laughed Sharon Breaux.

In the middle of the camaraderie, the purpose is not lost.

"I'mma tell you what," Breaux said in a sweet voice, "it hit me one day, when I go to my closet to figure out what to wear, I've seen pictures of these little ones, they don't even have anything to wear. And what I saw them wearing was dirty and bloody. I thought, I think I can make these little dresses."

Breaux has been sewing with "Sew Blessed" for about a year.

"Your heart kind of breaks always for the children," she said. "It's not their fault the situation they're in, and they can't really do anything about it. We need to do what we can do."

The women get creative, pairing scraps of fabric with kids' t-shirts, to make what they call "sweet tees." The scraps of fabrics are sewn onto the bottom of the t-shirts as a ruffled skirt, to lengthen the tees into dresses. 

"Nothin' but love from these ladies for these little ones, it kind of wells up your heart. It's really sweet," Breaux said with a choke in her voice and tears in her eyes.

The women jazz the dresses up with buttons, pockets and ruffles. One dress was made with a bed skirt.

"They just are so creative and so talented, it's amazing to me," said Peg Weedman, who started Sew Blessed in 2007.

The ladies have sewing parties twice a month at Southeast Christian Church campuses.

"We rely totally on donations. The t-shirts are free, the material we get donated is free," said Weedman.

The dresses mainly go to orphanages in Africa.

"Most African girls have never had anything brand new," Weedman explained. "Most of them don't have anything of their own. It's been a hand-me-down or a rag and most of them don't understand the meaning of a gift."

The dresses cost about $1-1.50 each to get over to Africa. They have to send the dresses with mission teams, and pay for the extra bagging fee. Shipping them alone is too risky.

"We can't ship things because of the black market, they'll get stolen before they even make it to the children," Weedman explained.

If you would like to donate fabric or t-shirts, or join the sewing group, contact Peg Weedman at 502-419-5285 or

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