Seamstress Highlights

USA Seamstresses

Debbie Bradley

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I live in Houston Texas with my husband of 44 years and am fortunate to have my two daughters and their families in the Houston area as well so we get to see our 3 grandchildren regularly.

What are your hobbies? Obviously I enjoy sewing, but I also golf, travel, volunteer and spend lots of time with family.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? My creative focus the past several years has been more on art quilting rather than sewing. These gowns get me back to simple sewing. 

When did you first learn how to sew? My mother taught me to sew while I was in high school. I continued with textile, fiber and construction classes in college as I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising/Business Management.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Favorite is hard to define. I continue to grow and learn new techniques as the creative process continues, but of late I design my own fiberart quilts.  I have a Facebook site with all my projects – https://www.facebook.com/Deb.B.artstudio

Daphne Haverkamp

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family?  I am married and have two grown children and three wonderful grandsons. I love cats and nature. I just finished 8 sessions with a personal trainer at the YMCA and am trying to be good about working out using the exercises she taught me! I enjoy my church volunteer work.  I certainly stay busy while I’m enjoying retirement!

What are your hobbies? Of course, sewing is a favorite hobby. I also like to read mysteries and historical fiction, especially about WWII.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project?   I had heard about a similar project but did not hear back from them when I asked for the patterns. So when I saw about this project, I went after it quickly! I think it’s an important topic that many folks don’t like to talk about.

When did you first learn how to sew? My grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle machine when I was about eight years old. I’ve been making clothes and sewing other projects for many years now.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I sewed memory quilts for my mother and my mother-in-law for their 80th birthdays. They were both born in 1920. Last Christmas I sewed t-shirt quilts for my two older grandsons using their soccer shirts. Now I typically make little outfits for new babies in the family.

Wendy Maynard

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? My husband of 46 years passed away last year after battling MS for 34 yrs. with grace and humor to the end. I remain in NE Ohio but my two daughters and families have settled on either coast, which is hard on grandma. I have two grandchildren in Wilmington  NC, a boy 10, and a girl 13, and two grandsons in San Jose CA, ages 6 and 8 months. I see them when I can. It is much easier for me to visit them rather than the other way round.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy watching all sports, the outdoors, going to the wonderful theater and orchestra concerts that Cleveland is famous for. When I was younger I did lots of needlework, x stitch and n-point. It has evolved into quilting, where the pieces are bigger and I can see my work better. I have have made charity quilts for quilts of Valor and other charity organizations. Now I also make quilts for friends, family and of course, Grandchildren. The older two have three each and the younger two have two each.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I was looking for places to donate my wedding dress to and the Angel Gowns Project came up. At the time of my donation there was a surplus  of gowns, but a need for seamstresses, so I immediately volunteered and have loved making and embellishing the gowns.

When did you first learn how to sew? I first learned to sew in a home economics class in 7th grade. I only remember making a gathered skirt with a waistband. I started making clothes for myself after college, the occasional in-style long vests, long dressy skirts. After marriage and two baby girls I started with christening dresses, clothes for all occasions, all halloween costumes (my 6 year old. was Strawberry Shortcake and my two year old was custard the dog. My favorite costume to make was a full sized ,furry Sylvester the cat with a large molded and shaped head.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? My favorite sewing period and projects were the ones I made for my children when they were very young to toddler ages, I made bridal purses for both my daughters , and clothes for my grandchildren when they were very young. I am still making quilted holiday panels, table runners, wall hangings. I love to play with colors and fabric, and my fabric stash is still increasing!

Lou Ann Moore

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have been a seamstress for The Angel Gown Project since October 2017. My husband and I have been married for 43 years. Steve and I have two Daughters and 3 Grandchildren. I worked in Child Development for 25 years and loved working in Pre-K. My husband served over 22 years as a Officer and Pilot in The United States Army. After 29 moves we decided to make our dreams come true and move to South West Florida.  I am an animal lover, especially cats.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies are walking outside and seeing all the wildlife in Florida. I love to collect sea shells at the beach. I also enjoy reading and sewing.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I had my wedding gown made into Angel Gowns by another organization. The lady who did my gown is the person who inspired me. She gave me the courage and told me I could make these gowns. So I started looking around at some organizations. The Angel Gown Program seemed to fit what I was looking for. When I retired I knew that I wanted to do some type of volunteer work. I had never planned on sewing after retirement but
realized that making angel gowns was my calling.

When did you first learn how to sew? I learned how to sew from my Mom when I was in high school.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Sewing for my daughters when they were young and making Angel Gowns.

Cheryl Richie

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I come from a North Dakota farm family of eight children, but sadly three have passed away. I’ve been married to my husband Henry for 37 years. We don’t have children of our own, but I love being “Auntie” to my nieces & nephews, blood ones as well as children of friends who grew up calling me Aunt Cheryl.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading & shopping, but most importantly love sewing. I’ve been retired for almost 4 years, but have stayed so busy that I don’t know when I had time to work!

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project?  Very good friends of mine lost a baby 25 years ago. Baby Katelyn had two surgeries for a hole in her heart, but she still died when she was five days old. I couldn’t fathom how they would be able to go to a store to buy an outfit to bury her in. So I met with them and together we decided I would make an outfit for her to be buried in. I still remember sitting up until 2:30 am, sewing her pink eyelet outfit that consisted of a dress, bloomers, booties & a bonnet. I knew I had to make it special because I’d never sew for her again. Then I read about Angel Gowns a couple years before I retired and knew that was what I was going to do when I retired.

When did you first learn how to sew? My grandmother taught me to sew when I was in junior high school. Unfortunately, after making my Prom dress when I was a Senior in high school, she passed away & was not able to see me dressed up in it for the Prom.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I’d have to say one of my most favorite sewing projects was my youngest sister’s wedding dress over 40 years ago. While having seven yards of fabric on my lap, I sewed on the lace, pearls & bugle beads by hand! Years before that I took a tailoring class, so was able to tailor suits for my husband and coats for my family members. And of course the Angel Gowns Project is near and dear to my heart. It’s fun to be able to be creative and add special touches to the gowns. And it’s really special when I use wedding gowns from my family or friends.

Debra Subert

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I come from a North Dakota farm family of eight children, but sadly three have passed away. I’ve been married to my husband Henry for 37 years. We don’t have children of our own, but I love being “Auntie” to my nieces & nephews, blood ones as well as children of friends who grew up calling me Aunt Cheryl.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading & shopping, but most importantly love sewing. I’ve been retired for almost 4 years, but have stayed so busy that I don’t know when I had time to

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? My husband and I have two grown children, and are thoroughly enjoying retirement.  We go for long walks and enjoy sharing everything each season has to offer.

What are your hobbies? I have always enjoyed knitting and sewing.  I am almost 6 feet tall and had to sew most of my clothes when I was in high school to get the sleeves and overall length correct I have made 3 wedding gowns so far and love working with bridal fabrics and all the bling that goes with them.  We converted one of our bedrooms into my sowing room.  I know, you think I spelled that wrong, but no, besides the sewing that goes on, I also have a Bible Study library and a music ministry and all of these activities flow out of my “sowing” room.

When did you first learn how to sew?  I’ve been sewing since I was ten years old making doll clothes.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? The Angel Gown project was just a natural fit for me.  I use as much of the bling as I can to dress these little innocent Angels to meet Jesus.  I want them to look their very best as they go into His presence.  The inspiration of the Holy Spirit aids me in the designing of each gown so each one is unique!  Some times I get an idea and just run to my sewing room and whip it up.  It never ceases to amaze me, with each wedding gown I am given, I seem to make another of my all time favorite little Angel dresses.  Here is a photo of a couple from a dress I am currently working on.

Sybille Sullivan

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have been  married for 37 years and have three grown children and a grandson on the way!  I worked for 38 years in health care as a microbiology technologist in a hospital laboratory.  I live in beautiful Upstate New York

What are your hobbies?   I love to garden, sew, exercise doing yoga and swim, travel and enjoy the outdoors whether it be walking, hiking, or riding my bike. I volunteer at our community food bank, church soup kitchen, and sing in my church choir

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? When I retired two years ago, I was looking for something that I could do with my love of sewing and came across the Angel Gowns Project website and thought that it would be a perfect fit for me! I love transforming the beautiful dresses that are donated to create  memorable clothing for a cherished Angel baby

When did you first learn how to sew?  I  began sewing at age twelve when I received a sewing machine for Christmas.  My mom enrolled me in classes at the local Singer sewing center and my love of creating began!

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Some of my favorite sewing projects have been making my own prom dresses, making the flower girl dresses for my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding, and making a baptismal gown for my friend’s grand baby out of her wedding gown.

Dora Mobley

USA Seamstress

Dora is retired, lives in North Carolina and has one daughter and one granddaughter, and four dogs.  She lives in Race City U.S.A, Mooresville, North Carolina.  You can’t throw a rock without hitting someone attached to NASCAR around there.  She has been sewing for about 40 years.  Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her daughter and granddaughter, traveling, making quilts, making things for her granddaughter, watching old noir movies, working in the yard, and taking naps.  She’s lived on both sides of this Country, North and South, but prefers sweating to shuffling snow.  If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find someone that does.  She loves working with this awesome group of gals!

Domenica Gereaux

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am 60 years old and grew up near The Hill area of St.Louis, MO. I have two wonderful grown children , my daughter Nicole & my son Louis.  I worked in the medical field for 35+ years and retired in 2016 . I live with my two rambunctious puppers, a 12 year female mix breed  named Isabela and Frankie my 11 year old male Poodle /bichon frise mix. I currently reside in Affton, MO.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my children and their significant others. I also enjoy sewing, crafting in several types of mediums, reading, movies, traveling and seeing my friends.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I feel my love and passion for sewing is a gift from God . I have been very Blessed in my life,  also surviving cancer and other serious health issues. I wanted to find a way to share my talent for sewing and my blessings with others who may need to be lifted up at a particularly difficult time in their life. Making these gowns seems to fill both those passions. 

When did you first learn how to sew? I learned how to sew in high school when I was 18 and taking  Home Ec class. Every year one girl , usually a senior, is chosen to make her prom dress in class. I was that girl senior year. I was taught how to take several different patterns to make one beautiful (70’s) style dress. Also how to hand pleat lace.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I made all of my daughter’s clothes when she was little, even her winter coats, and most of my son’s clothes as well. My favorite project was making my daughter’s wedding dress, the 3 bridesmaids dresses and the cute little outfits for her two dogs that were in the wedding.  I made and machine embroidered a blanket for my sister who recently passed away. The message on the blanket was from my brother and I and our families letting her know she will always be loved and missed. She was always cold and I wanted her to be warm on her journey to Heaven.  

Sharon McKinney

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I live in Chandler Arizona with my husband of 33 years.  We have 3 adult children living across the US and one living in England.  I grew up in Minnesota, and my husband and I moved several times with his job, and have finally landed in Arizona for the past 20 years.

What are your hobbies? I am a newly retired art teacher and love to do all sorts of crafts.  However, sewing (garment and quilting) and watercolor painting are my favourites.  I also raise chickens and garden in the winter.  I love to read and travel as well.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I stumbled across an article about the Angel Gown project from a fabric store newsletter.  I thought what a terrific way to spend some of my free time.  I also had a very dear friend lose a baby prematurely and we grieved together and felt this would be a great way to honor her baby boy.

When did you first learn how to sew?  I learned from my mother and later refined my knowledge in college at UW-Stouts Apparel Design and Manufacturing program.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I love sewing quilts, but I have really enjoyed making clothing for my daughters. Children’s clothes and later prom dresses and coats.  I like to learn new techniques and am constantly challenging my self with different fabrics or couture techniques.

Sandra Hickey

USA Seamstress

I am the single  mom of 4 grown kids – two boys, two girls and have 10 grandchildren.   My hobbies include remodeling houses and of course sewing and quilting. I enjoy problem solving  I heard of angel gowns and wanted to be a part of the healing and service they provide.  Some of my favorite sewing project are alterations to make formal wear more modest for the young girls I know that don’t want to go to the dance half naked. 

Delinda Abercrombie

USA Seamstress

My journey has been a long one. My husband Keith and I have 3 lost pregnancies. We are blessed with 2 living children. Been married 43 years. Good years!  We have a granddaughter who we adore. I asked God in my darkest times why?  It wasn’t until my own daughter experienced miscarriages of her own that the answer was revealed. I was to help others with the experience of their lost. It all made sense in that moment. I want to love others in their deepest need. I want to show Gods love in a very tangible way. I choose to do that through the angel gowns project.   I actually learned to sew in home economics. I made my teacher cry I was so incredibly untalented. I’m sure she would be proud now!  

Michelle Kane

USA Seamstress

My name is Michelle Kane.  My husband and I are empty nesters and have been living in Logan, Utah for 28 years.  We have 7 children and 21 grandchildren and have recently returned from doing volunteer service in Laie, Hawaii at the Polynesian Cultural Center for the last 2 years.  My husband was working as an architect and I was sewing for the shows and villages at the center.

I really enjoy sewing, but I also love playing the piano, playing board games and cooking.

My daughter, Claire, has been involved with The Angel Gown Project for several years and asked if I would be interested in sewing after I returned home from Hawaii.

I began sewing when I was about 6. My grandma embroidered a lot and taught me how to embroider dish towels. I have always really enjoyed working with my hands so from there I began to sew on my mother’s sewing machine when I was a little older.  I then took sewing in Junior High School and I would take summer sewing classes.  I loved it!!

I love making Easter dresses for my granddaughters and I really enjoyed making costumes for the dancers at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Lori Thomas

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? My husband Mike and I have been married for 37 years.  We have one son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren, 12,  7 and 4.  We spent the first 50 years of our lives in Iowa and relocated to Texas 10 years ago.  We are getting ready to move back to Iowa for retirement to be closer to our family.

What are your hobbies?  I like gardening, reading, walking, our dogs and watching our grandkid’s ballgames, and of course, sewing.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project?  I wanted to donate my dress, and when I saw how long the waiting list was, decided I could help most by being a seamstress.  I did my maiden voyage with my own dress to make sure I didn’t mess up anyone else’s dress.  It came out well and I have sewn over 100 gowns since then.  I also hope this will be something that will keep me active into my retirement years.

When did you first learn how to sew?  My mother has always sewn and taught us as soon as we were able to reach the sewing machine.

What have been your favorite sewing projects?  Angel gowns has been a favorite.  I also enjoyed sewing masks when COVID first hit and they were scarce.

Barbara Kurcoba

USA Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? Married (54 years) with 3 children and 5 grandchildren (4 in college). Retired after 33 years teaching history. My current job is on hold because of COVID. I travel the world teaching SAT prep in American International Schools – 6 continents and 54 countries to date. I am a docent volunteer at 2 local museums.

What are your hobbies? Travel, museums, Photography, drawing and gardening.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? My cousin, Sybille Sullivan, shared what she was doing for the project. When I saw the gowns, I signed up immediately.

When did you first learn how to sew? When I was 9, my aunt gifted my sister and me with the first Barbie dolls. But I live in a cold climate and hated that she didn’t have any clothes except a bathing suit. I begged my mother for days to let me use the sewing machine. Finally – she gave in. There was one huge problem though – she didn’t know how to sew either. I studied the book and figured it out after lots of trial and error.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? My daughter’s wedding gown alterations and as well as making her bridesmaids gowns from beautiful green velvet. Also, I made a huge quilt for the producer/director of our high school plays. I made costumes for the theater group for too many years to count and saved all the scraps. When she retired, I gifted her with the quilt I had made from all those many years of scraps.

Guatemala Seamstresses

Glenna Magnolia Batz

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have  seven children, four living, and three babies who died. I like to work and help others. I have Two daughters who are married, and two grandchildren. I have had many experiences and difficulties in my family, but we are happy in this earthly life. We really enjoy being together. I also volunteer for a foundation, Bountiful, that helps children of low weight and height in the state where I live and its surroundings.

What are your hobbies?  I like sewing on a machine and embroidering typical blouses. I like to travel on important matters, and take the time to get to know the places. I also like serving others.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I love seeing people who like to help, so that the challenges of others are lighter. I also  like the feeling of helping my neighbor. These people set an example to me to serve others and be more confident in myself.

When did you first learn how to sew? I started sewing in 1982

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Typical Guatemalan costumes, washable reusable menstrual hygiene kits and Angel’s gowns.

Ingrid Janeth Cojtín

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? There are three in my family; my three year old Son, my husband and I. I am a homemaker; my husband works and provides for our physical and spiritual well being. Now I am waiting for my baby to start school. My family and I are very happy when we can help others. I like to know places, to know about cultures. I like the fact that I can know that I can help others.

What are your hobbies?  I like to walk with my family, share ideas and meet new people. I enjoy exercising, although not as often as I would like.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? The service and love for others that the project provides. It also motivates me to support, serve my neighbor, and develop sincere love for others.

When did you first learn how to sew? When I was young, at the age of 14, my mother wanted me to study a course. She enrolled me in a dressmaking workshop. My first garment was an apron. It was not one of my favorite courses, but putting it into practice now is very beautiful, since I recognize that we have talents that we must develop.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I have not had many, but this project is now one of my favorites. While we work we show love by creating these dresses to donate and show gratitude to those who also have faith in this project and donate their dresses.

Sandra Coy Bocel

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am thirty-three years old; I am a single mother; I have a nine-year-old daughter. I belong to a large family of nine brothers. My parents did not have much education, but they taught me that through the effort they made for us we can move forward.

What are your hobbies?  I enjoy going out and seeing new places and learning to do new things. I also enjoy exercising, and spending time with my daughter. I am a woman who likes challenges, I like to serve and dedicate time to what I like to do, so I love being part of this project.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? I love learning new things. Hearing about this project caught my attention because of the goals they have. Through it I can help myself, and others.

When did you first learn how to sew? I learned a few years ago, but with this project I am realizing what I had learned was a small amount. Now I am learning more and feel I am improving and it is something that I like.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I like to make the Angel’s gowns, it fills me with great joy, previously I had only worked making typical blouses, but as a beginner and nothing more.

Cintya Carolina Callejas

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am a single mother with one daughter. We live with my parents.  we are a very united and humble family.

What are your hobbies? I like to go for walks as well as run and excercise with my daughter. I like to cook and teach her household chores. I also like to sew, and participate in events in my community

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? Making the dresses for the people who need them, and being able to learn how fills me with happiness that I can share with others. I feel that through this project I will be able to learn more and provide more of my service to others.

When did you first learn how to sew? I learned at age nineteen, in a training provided in our community.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Making aprons, and now angel gowns.

Lucía Garcia de Yoxón

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have nine children and nine grandchildren. I am a widow, but I had the opportunity to be sealed to my husband for eternity.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy going for a walks, and meeting people. I also I like to cook, knit and take care of my grandchildren.

What motivated you to be a part of The Angel Gowns Project? It makes me feel happy to be able to share with others in this project, and make beautiful dresses. I know that with the help of Our Heavenly Father I will be able to improve them for this beautiful purpose.

When did you first learn how to sew? After I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I decided to have a hobby and learn to sew and now I can work here.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Making aprons and cloth napkins.

Dianira Can Tubac

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? My name is Dianira Can, I have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. The oldest is called Jared, he is 6 years old, he already attends school. He motivates me a lot, because he is very intelligent and he is always telling me that he loves me, and that he will pray for me. My second baby is 4 years old, then 3, and the youngest is 1 year old. They are my greatest blessing.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? Play with my children, study the scriptures, go to church, and learn new things

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? I had some nephews who died, at that time I would have liked very much that they too could have used these gowns, so I want to learn to help others and have better luck, and by learning, I will be able to improve myself.

When did you learn to sew for the first time? About 7 years ago, but I didn’t learn very well. I still have trouble sewing, I did not continue practicing and until now I have the joy of doing it better

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I know how to sew skirts for my girls, and now that I will be able to make these gowns

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? I really like learning to do new things, but I am also very shy and I doubt myself. But I know that the Lord always guides us if we have faith that we can get things done.

Dana Naomy García

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? I am Naomy, I am 18 years old. There are 5 in my family. I am a student, and I help my parents in the support of my home, I am happy to be able to work on this project.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I really like listening to music a lot.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? I like to learn new things, and I really like babies, so being able to learn a trade to help them and to be able to learn to continue studying encourages me a lot to want to be part of something that can help babies and their families.

When did you learn to sew for the first time? I had not sewn on a sewing machine, only by hand. This would be my first time doing something more complete.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I have not sewn before; I am very excited.

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? I like to be with the people who are part of this project, I am studying and my greatest desire is to help my mother, and to begin to be more responsible and independent.

Ana Lucrecia Matzar

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? Hello, my name is Ana Lucrecia Matzar, I am 29 years old. I have 2 children, a girl and a boy. I am a single mother. I am from Panajachel Guatemala.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? Spend time with my children. And work, I’m always doing something that can help me raise my children

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? To be able to learn to sew and thus be able to show my children and my family that one can improve oneself with the help of our Heavenly Father.

When did you learn to sew for the first time? A few years ago I learned to sew and embroider, but by hand. I made bags and typical Guatemalan costumes of different sizes, but everything was always by hand.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I would like to learn to make blouses, dresses, and pants that my children can use.

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? I am the third daughter of a family, I have 2 younger brothers, and a little sister. I love my family very much, we take care of each other, we support and we always live together to get ahead together.

Elena Pablo de León

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? I am Elena Pablo de León. I have 11 older siblings, and I am the youngest. I am a student, I like Sports. I have very good parents, who support me in everything that ispositive for my life.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I like to read, watch videos that help me in life, that really leave a teaching in my life.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? To be able to learn to be caring, where I can develop new skills, such as learning to sew, and above all because it will be a great experience of growth in my life.

When did you learn to sew for the first time? I don’t really know how to sew, but I have the desire to learn to be able to make the little dresses that the project requires, that’s why I’m here today.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I don’t have had other jobs, make angel gowns will be my first project

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? I like to cook, draw, and know and explore new places in nature.

María Pablo

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? I am María Pablo, I am 45 years old. I have 3 children, I am from Guatemala, I live here in Panajachel.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I like to sing, I really like to eat and cook. I like to work.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? Learn a new skill to help me improve myself and help babies and their families.

When did you learn to sew for the first time? I don’t know how to sew by machine, but I know how to sew by hand and I also know how to embroider.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? I have embroidered typical costumes, but only by hand. And now I can make these little dresses. As time goes by I would like to learn how to sew aprons, tablecloths and curtains.

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? With this opportunity to belong to the project, I can do more sewing work, improve myself and generate employment and income for my home.

Sonya López de García

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? Hello Sonya López de García, I am 26 years old. I have been married for almost 3 years, and it is a whole new experience for me. My family is humble, loving and patient. We are always willing to be able to learn at all times.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I like to read and listen to music. Many times I am working on Family Search on behalf of the church. I am always trying to fulfill my assignments.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? Learn a new talent and be able to help others, and we can progress together in this life.

When did you first learn to sew? I have never sewn before, but this excites me so much, I am so excited to get on.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Well, I have not had any project before. Learn to make angel dresses which will fill me with knowledge and experience.

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? I like to be creative. I think it is a good opportunity to grow.

Mayra Oxlaj

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? Hello my name is Mayra Liseth Oxlaj. I am 39 years old and have a son over 18 years old. I come from a humble family, but with a lot of desire to improve. I am from Panajachel.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? I like being with my son, and enjoying the views of Lake Atitlán.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Gowns Project? I heard about the Project and I was really interested and loved the idea of being able to belong to a place where I can serve others.

When did you first learn to sew? I learned in 2013. I like to design clothes.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? Make clothes, accessories and everything that is easy, such as children’s clothing.

Anything else you want to add to get to know you better? Thanks for the opportunity, and because The Angel Gowns Project exists.

Nora Queché

Guatemala Seamstress

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family? I am Nora Queché. I am a single mother of 2 daughters. I really like sewing and creating clothes. Some years ago the father of my daughters abandoned us and threw us out of the house. Since then I have proposed to be strong and I have learned to be independent, I do it for my daughters, and I want them to also learn the value of work and be strong in their own home.

What are some of your favorite hobbies? Make crafts and sew. To be with my little ones.

What motivated you to be part of the Angel Costumes Project? I really liked the idea of the project and the service and peace they want to convey. I have learned to be empathetic. Above all, and given the circumstances, now I can sew from home, and take care of my daughters while I am working.

When did you first learn to sew? I had to learn alone. After my bad experience with the father of my daughters, I found myself in need of being able to do something for my family. Thanks to a friend who supported me and urged me that being a Dressmaker could be the means by which I could help in my home.

What have been your favorite sewing projects? 15-year-old dresses mostly, but now I’m just in love with the Angel Gowns.

Anything else you want to add to get to know him better? My goal is to be able to have a house of my own for me and my daughters, it is the dream that motivates me every day, and projects like this are the ones that help women to believe in ourselves.