This is PK Langshaw and Baby Tommy at the shop last week, he is wearing a Onesie that PK designed for infants/babies to wear at the St. Jude’s Children’s Home in Uganda. He might be a *little* happy about it.
PK works in Sustainable Design at Concordia University and has previously worked in Uganda on another project, which is how she came to discover St. Jude’s. She has created a simple, sustainable, waste-not pattern for a reversible Onesie that is easy to make, easy to put on babies/infants (some with disabilities) and suits their basic needs in their life/lives.
She has received a grant to pilot a workshop at the orphanage in August 2012. The workshop aims to address one’s self/identity through the making of garments and sewing skills training. She will be applying her design skills to teach the women working at St Jude to make clothing for themselves and for the babies under their care. The caregivers at St Jude Children’s Home are known as the mothers whether the children in their care are their own or orphaned. The mothers are quite young, usually have medial needs, are poor and unskilled with no financial support or time to create non essential products or build community amongst themselves.
And so, we have offered to help out! We will be hosting a Charity event on Tuesday July 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – so mark it on your calendars now and RSVP maintenant!
OUR GOAL: to provide PK Langshaw with sewing supplies that can be used to teach and pass on the skills of hand sewing to the women at St. Jude’s Children’s Home in Uganda & to sew up as many Onesies as we can for the babies at the orphanage
HOW YOU CAN HELP US:
Join Emeline & Annabelle on Tuesday, July 24th from anytime between 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. – pattern-trace, pin, cut, iron or sew – and we’ll have a production line in full swing!
Donate your old sewing scissors, hand-sewing needles, thread, zippers, bias tape, thimbles, elastics, – anything that can be used in hand-sewing.
Donate money. All money that we collect will go toward a wholesale purchase of hand-sewing materials which we will then pass on to PK to bring with her. (In lieu of a receipt, we can provide an invoice of the purchase – please inquire for more details!)
PK will be giving a small talk at the start of the evening about her upcoming trip to Uganda and will be attending all evening to answer any questions you might have about her work in sustainable design.
RSVP! Please leave a comment below to let us know you’re thinking of stopping by to pitch in with the production line, that way we can prep ourselves with a ballpark number of participants and equip ourselves with snacks and drinks accordingly. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event!