Anne Marie Martin Rousselle '66
By Roberta Sargent Gallant '62, Alumni Board
Anne Marie Martin Rousselle, class of 1966, has been a sewer since she was a child. Making clothing for her dolls came naturally for her. Since those early days she has followed her passion for all things creative. She now turns her talents to helping others, stitching up quilts, pillowcases and baby bedding that are distributed through various charitable organizations.
Her latest undertaking is making dresses for a campaign called Dress a Girl Around the World. It is part of the organization called Hope 4 Women International, who’s mission is bringing dignity to women around the world. Dress a Girl aims to show young girls, especially in developing countries, that they are worthy of respect and are loved. The small tag that is stitched to the front of the dress, is meant to protect them from predators.
Anne Marie got involved in 2016 when she overheard two women discussing fabric for making dresses. When she asked questions about the program, they explained how it worked and gave her a contact. She was excited by the chance to help out and began sewing right away. Along with friends and relatives, she turned out 474 dresses since then. Friends donate to her already plentiful supply of fabric. Simple, but colorful dresses are started with kits ready to sew. Interested people will find the kits easy to put together in their own home. Dresses are picked up periodically and are distributed in various ways. The program often contacts missionaries who take them when they travel to various countries.
Anne Marie says that sharing her love of sewing is very rewarding. She loves the feeling she gets when seeing photos of young girls wearing the dresses she’s made. She is always looking for volunteer sewers with whom to share her enthusiasm. Besides this project, recently she has been learning to embroider, so is expanding her talents. Anne Marie also enjoys caring for her young grandson, supporting her granddaughter in her activities at Thornton Academy Middle School and playing cards with friends.