Can you design a dress, then make it? If "sew," you may be interested in a new fundraiser organized by The Hat Ladies of Charleston and the Footlight Players in conjunction with Footlight's spring play, "5 Women Wearing the Same Dress."

Here is how the fundraiser, which benefits Footlight, works:

--The participant designs a dress. It could be one to wear to the store, the finest restaurant, the theater, the prom, a wedding, etc. It could be for an adult or for a child.

--The participant determines the cost of the dress.

--The participant determines what percentage of the sale price they will donate to the Footlight Players (For example: Dress price, $150; donate 30 percent to Footlight; then participant gets $105 and Footlight gets $45 per dress.).

--The dress will hang in the lobby of the theater for the entire run of "5 Women Wearing the Same Dress" (March 11-28). During this time, five patrons will have the opportunity to buy the participant's dress.

--The participant then makes five dresses of this design, custom fitting it for each buyer.

Organizers say this is a chance to showcase talent, earn some money and help the theater. All participants receive these additional perks: two complimentary tickets to the private performance of the play March 11, their names in the playbill and on a poster in the lobby, names and contact informations next to their dresses, and the chance for their dress to be chosen to appear on the TV show "Lowcountry Live" during the opening week of the play.

The initial application is due Jan. 15 and should include the name, address, phone number, e-mail and a brief description of your passion for fashion. Participants can initially apply by e-mail at or by mail at: Footlight Player, Attention: Fashion, 20 Queen St., Charleston, SC 29401.

For more details, contact Footlight at 722-7521 or go online to