Haiti Projects

Hand-Embroidered Nightgowns

Embroidered Help for Haiti

Haiti was an impoverished country even before the devastating earthquake, but now more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to help that will really have a lasting impact. Sarah Hackett has been working in Haiti for the past 16 years. As the founder of Haiti Projects, Inc. she’s all about grassroots projects that enable the Haitians to help themselves. Hackett is fighting poverty on multiple fronts—supporting local medical clinics, building libraries to foster literacy, providing micro-loans to farmers—but it’s her work with a sewing cooperative that we’re featuring.

What you get is a classic nightgown, perfectly cut and beautifully embroidered. This could be the perfect gift for a woman you love, or a little extravagance for yourself. What you give is support to Haitian women who are enabled to work from home and earn fair wages for their craft. This income provides for food and school fees for their children.

Mary Ann McCormick from Lark Fine Foods (we love her gourmet cookies) told us about Haiti Projects and its needlework cooperative. “I have several of these nighties and I can honestly say that they are quite beautiful and very well made,” Mary Ann says.

They’re not like anything you’ll find at the local mall, plus these may be the only nighties that come with the knowledge that you’re helping to make a difference.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sarah

    We are honored to be featured as today's Grommet and to be a member of this exciting community of Citizen Commerce. Each nightgown available here and every item on our website is 100% hand-crafted by women in Haiti. When I first started the Haiti Projects Women's Cooperative 15 years ago my goal was to provide income to a few women struggling to feed their children. Now the Women's Cooperative employs over 60 women who make a living selling their beautiful handcrafted work. If you have any questions about the women or our products Stephanie, our Director of Marketing and I will be here throughout the day to answer any questions. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/12/2010 12:16 PM

    Sarah, you are a complete inspiration. Thank you for doing what you do. You have obviously made a positive impact in the lives of many! These nightgowns look exceptionally well made and shows the strong pride in workmanship of the ladies who sew and embellish them.

  • Barbara
    3/12/2010 12:18 PM

    I'm crazy about nightgowns - and the workmanship here (french seams and all) is impeccable. A great gift item, I think.

  • Felicia
    3/12/2010 12:39 PM

    Beautiful and thank you; I adore your spirit Ms. Hackett.. no bull, plain, common sense.....will be ordering ....supposing sizes are conventional, yes?

  • Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc
    Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc
    3/12/2010 12:47 PM

    Thank you all for your wonderful support of these ladies and their work. Felicia, yes the sizing is quite conventional. XS (0-2), S (4-6), M(8-10), L (10-12), XL (14+). Let me know if I can help you with any other sizing information!

  • Saku J. Papino
    Saku J. Papino
    11/18/2010 3:14 AM

    @Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc:

    Hi Stefanie, I really want to support the Haiti Projects and purchase 2 nighties, one for my mom, a Size 18-20, and myself, a Size 28/30. I know these are very large sizes, but is it at all possible to have any nightgowns embroidered in these sizes?

    Thanks in advance and best of luck with your future of giving! How wonderful!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/2010 11:36 AM

    @Saku J. Papino: I have a message out to Stephanie regarding your question. Thanks for stopping by!

    Stephanie has let me know that at this time they are unable to process special requests so the XL is the largest they have available which is a size 14.

  •  Leanne Arons
    Leanne Arons
    5/30/2012 9:39 PM

    @Katherine Klinger I too would love one of these beautiful nightgowns, but I would need it in a 20W or 22W as I like my nightgowns to be large and easyfitting. Like it or not, women in the US have gotten bigger. By not offering plus sizes, you are limiting the customer pool your Haiti partners can service, thereby limiting the success of your business arrangement. If you are able to employ 60 women right now to produce the products you offer, by adding plus sizes to your line that number could readily grow to 90 as I believe the current ratio of garments sold in the us for women to be around 1 plus size for every 2 misses/juniors sized garments. I hope you consider adding plus sizes and if you do, I would welcome an email when that time comes so that I may join the ranks of your customers.

    Thank you!

  • Linda
    10/11/2012 1:37 PM

    I agree with Leanne. I would have ordered two gowns, but then discovered the sizes are too small. Your company could definitely emplay more women if offered larger sizes...!

    @ Leanne Arons

  • Craig Rubens
    Craig Rubens
    3/12/2010 1:16 PM

    Way to go! A great video on a great project. Haiti needs exactly the type of enterprises that Haiti Projects is creating now more than ever. And the handiwork truly is beautiful.

  • Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc
    Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc
    3/12/2010 1:31 PM

    @Craig Thank you. We are very proud of the micro-economy building we are accomplishing in rural Haiti and agree it is an important part of the country's road to recovery. 100% of the proceeds Haiti Projects receives go directly to support these women in need.

  • Drew
    3/12/2010 2:10 PM

    What a great story/business for our times. Kudos Sarah for what you've built (excuse me...are building). I love your human and entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Carol Sandra
    Carol Sandra
    3/12/2010 5:07 PM

    Daily Grommet is the best!!!!! I must have one of those gowns. I hope everyone who buys one will wear it and pray for better times for those strong women who make them.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/12/2010 11:03 PM

    I have watched this video more times than I can count. I find Sarah and the Haiti Projects deeply inspirational. I am not alone...this good community is snapping them up at a very fast clip. Thank you.

  • Martha
    3/13/2010 8:16 AM

    These nightgowns are not only beautifully crafted, they are unbelievably comfortable. The light cotton becomes softer with each washing. I've given many as gifts (They make wonderful shower presents for brides-to-be!)and the recipients are wowed. But, of course, best of all, each purchase allows us to help Haitian women move closer to their goal of sustainable independence. I hope they and Sarah Hackett feel justifiable pride in important work well done.

  • Mary Ann
    Mary Ann
    3/13/2010 10:25 AM

    I love these nighties! They provide just the right level of modesty without being at all frumpy. They are beautifully made and the needlework is exquisite. And they support a very good cause. How can you go wrong?

  • Stephanie
    3/15/2010 12:01 PM

    Thank you all for your great support of Haiti Projects and our Women's Cooperative. I have just heard from our General Director in Haiti that, as a result of the earthquake, over 25 new women have come to him recently asking for work at the Cooperative. It is with your support that we hope to say "yes" to them all. Thank you for your help in making it happen.

  • Betsy
    3/22/2010 5:59 PM

    I saw this on 3/18 and ordered it for my Mom's birthday. It arrrived on the 20th and she was able to wear on her birthday. She reports that it is soft and lovely. Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/22/2010 7:52 PM

    Betsy - thank you! We're so glad that she loves your thoughtful gift!

  • Stephanie
    5/13/2010 3:06 PM

    A couple of people have reached out to the team at Daily Grommet wondering how Haiti Projects was affected by the earthquake and what we are doing in response. I wanted to respond here in case others have the same question. We were, blessedly, unaffected by the January 12 earthquake in that we did not suffer any direct casualties or destruction of buildings. Because we operate in rural Haiti, about 70 miles west of the earthquake's epicenter, we were spared from much of the immediate devastation. We have been impacted immensely, however, in that rural community in which we operate has almost doubled in population since the quake, with many of those new community members planning to stay permanently in the area. In response to the earthquake, Haiti Projects is growing our Women's Cooperative to offer employment to those who were displaced by the quake. We hope to hire 24 new Cooperative members in the next two months and provide them with the income they need to create a successful life in the wake of the earthquake. We are currently fundraising for this project and hope to begin training our new Cooperative members in June and July. If you are interested in getting involved and helping Haiti projects, our current organizational needs are in funding for this new employment project and in continuing to grow our Cooperative sales. We are also always looking for volunteers. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved we encourage you to do so! You can contact Stephanie Lawrence at [email protected] for more information.

  • Linda
    10/11/2012 1:45 PM

    @Stephanie -- Haiti Projects, Inc

    If you add larger clothing sizes to your line, you will defintely increase your sales and employ more women

  • Pam B.
    Pam B.
    1/28/2011 1:47 AM

    I would love to order one or more of these lovely gowns for myself; but, alas, I need a larger size. Please add my name to the list of ladies who need plus sizes. I would need a 3X or a 24-26 in Women's sizing. I hope you'll let the world know if and when you begin to offer these.

    And thanks for all you do!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/28/2011 11:02 AM

    @Pam B.: We'll be sure to let you know if they start to create these in larger sizes. Thanks for stopping by today!

  •  J.Bergen
    5/31/2012 1:14 AM

    @Pam B. And I need 4x would love to support your group,but need a much varied size choices.please contact if this is do-able

  • Cynthia
    3/14/2011 1:28 PM

    I'd order a few if you could get them in PLUS size. Thank you. They are lovely!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/14/2011 1:59 PM

    @Cynthia: We agree that they are lovely and would be wonderful in a plus size option.

  • Cathy
    4/24/2011 10:10 PM

    I would order at least four of these; some for myself and some as gifts for my sister, IF they could be made available in plus sizes 3X/26-28. This kind of nightgown is so difficult to find in plus sizes; the market is there, and those of us who wear these sizes would publicize on the internet, guaranteed sales. Also, we know additional fabric is required, and wouldn't mind paying a bit of an upcharge for larger sizes. An added idea: many of us do fine embroidery work as a hobby; would also buy some in plain white to add personal embroidery to ... Thanks for listening :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2011 11:00 PM

    @Cathy: I will pass this along. I also think that you yourself have identified a product for an unserved market for which you have a passion. You should consider starting your own product line!

  • April Hickman
    April Hickman
    5/8/2011 1:31 AM

    This is such a wonderful idea. I have been to Haiti twice on medical missions. I am always impressed by the myriad of ways that the Hatians could be industrious in improving their lives. One way I thought of, and might go well with what you do, is making rag rugs. Using the scraps and sewing them into strips, one can make beautiful rugs with a loom. Just an idea that might use your unwanted scraps.

    Thanks so much for all you do.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/8/2011 8:41 AM

    @April Hickman: It sounds like you are doing great works as well for the people of Haiti. Thank you for doing what you do. I will pass on your insight to Sarah and Stephanie.

  • Ann B
    Ann B
    6/1/2011 3:41 PM

    Here's another request for XXL. Nighties have to be full fitting and comfy!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/1/2011 5:18 PM

    @Ann B: We have noted your request! Thanks.

  • Sally G
    Sally G
    3/31/2012 7:03 AM

    @Ann B: One more vote for 2X!

  • Mary
    10/16/2011 10:35 PM

    I am thinking about christmas gifts for my mom, and I keep coming back to these nightgowns. I really want to get her one, but she's picky about the feeling of certain textures against her skin. The above commenters suggest that the gowns are soft and comfortable, but I want to know about the embroidery panel. Is the stitching scratchy against the wearer's chest? If anyone who has one of these beautiful gowns could report back on this, I'd really appreciate it!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/16/2011 11:51 PM

    @Mary: She will love this. The bodice is lined, so the embroidery is not next to the skin. I gave this to my mom for Mother's Day and it is the best gift I've ever given her. You will have no regrets - this is a very high quality nightgown that these lovely women create.

  • Alice Woodard
    Alice Woodard
    10/22/2011 8:17 AM

    Could you please tell me if these nightgowns are long or short? Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/22/2011 9:18 AM

    @Alice Woodard: It falls below the knee to mid-calf.

  •  David C
    David C
    6/4/2012 4:32 PM

    The size info in the comment says there's a "Small, size 4-6" but the order entry says "Petit" which means to me "proportioned for a short person". Can you clarify?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    6/5/2012 11:29 PM

    @ David C: Here's the size info from the DETAILS tab (below video)": Sizes P(0-2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(10-12) or XL(12-14)

    So, Petit size is 0-2. Thank you for your interest.

  • Christine
    6/8/2012 11:18 AM

    Very roomy and comfortable. Seems true to size or slightly larger. Excellent craftsmanship with a wonderful story. Great gift.

  •  Lincea Ruth
    Lincea Ruth
    6/30/2012 1:08 PM

    Hi, I have some questions:

    1 Do you have any gowns to fit children?

    2. Your sizings seems to run small, in the US usually a XL is bigger than a 14. Should I assume your size 14 is equivalent to a US size 12?

    3. Are the 3 designs I see on the internet all that are available? None with the longer sleeves?

    Thank you fore offering beautiful products made by talented women. And thank you for serving a a intermediary to connect us with them.

  • Leigh
    9/8/2012 7:39 PM

    How long are the gowns? Beautiful workmanship!

  • Linda
    10/11/2012 1:42 PM

    I would have purchased several for gifts and myself, if larger sizes had been available. Love the idea of them being sold with plain yoke so embroiderers could add their own touch...

  • Linda
    10/11/2012 1:42 PM

    I would have purchased several for gifts and myself, if larger sizes had been available. Love the idea of them being sold with plain yoke so embroiderers could add their own touch...

  • patricia
    10/23/2012 12:55 PM

    what sizes are available?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/23/2012 1:45 PM

    @patricia smith: When you select the nightgown you're interested in, the sizes that are available will display.

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