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Nissa dress


This is Nissa. She lives in a small country in Africa in an orphanage with about 19 other children. Nissa is a Heavenly Princess, but she doesn’t get to dress like one.


This is the Nissa dress. The money earned from the sale of patterns for this dress will go to help Nissa and the other children who live with her.

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My goal is not only to offer this dress pattern, but to also offer ready-made dresses in doll sizes, and ย in girls’ sizes as well. Each dress will be made in the same general style (halter tie or back straps, long, full skirt, elastic waist) but will be one-of-a-kind in fabric and embellishments.

Reach Out made Nissa dresses to send to Africa in August 2010 so that Nissa and the other girls who live with her can dress like princesses too.

This Nissa dress features ruffly bias ruching around the neckline, ribbon flowers that match the halter tie and a double ruffle at the hem. It also includes a headscarf with a matching flower. The headscarf has narrow elastic underneath to keep it on the head.

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12 comments on “Nissa dress

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  2. Victoria
    March 26, 2010

    I saw your post about this on the OT group. I’m not sure what the pricing should be, but I just wanted to say that the Nissa dress is amazing! It’s a wonderful idea and I really like the style of the dress. I think if you make it in girls’ sizes you should definitely keep it at this modest length… just a suggestion.

  3. Mrs. Ormand
    March 27, 2010

    This is a GREAT design for dresses for little girls. You will be spared the fitting details in a collar, sleeve, etc. It should be universal AND span several size ranges. That idea will take you a million miles in Africa! BRILLIANT! And if someone wanted to go more modest, all you do is wear a shirt under. Love it! I’m sure Grace will, too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mrs. Ormand

  4. Mrs. Ormand
    March 27, 2010

    Okay, I assumed you will be making these to send to Africa, as well. Maybe I’m reading more into your plans than I should be. Sorry. I just got a little excited, that’s all ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mrs. Ormand

  5. Jordan
    March 27, 2010

    Mrs. Ormand~
    Somehow this phrase was omitted from the post:

    Reach Out is making Nissa dresses to send to Africa in August so that Nissa and the other girls who live with her can dress like princesses too.

    It’s on the post about Nissa in my portfolio though, and I just edited it into this post. I’m working on creating a multi-sized girls’ pattern this week! I’m sure you figured out this is what we’ll be learning to make next month ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll post on the Reach Out site soon!

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  8. Barbara Gilliland
    March 29, 2010

    Jordan,
    A wonderful idea. God has blessed you with your talent and you are certainly using it for His glory.
    God bless you.

  9. MeMa
    March 31, 2010

    I sure hope that I can be involved with this project. My schedule changes daily! That’s what happens to old retired people:) I love the pattern for the dress and the scarf is so practical for hot Africa. Hope to see you at RO in April…….Love,mema

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  11. ladyfelicity
    July 8, 2010

    This is SO inspiring! Are you thinking of making a button or something that people can put in the sidebar of their blogs … ? Let me know if you DO, because I would love to display one on my blog! I love this idea. May God bless you richly!

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