This week we're going to make a traditional pillowcase dress. If you've never really sewn before this will be a great first project. I had intended to use an actual pillowcase for this dress but Esther was so excited to use her fabric that I went ahead and used that instead. Also, pillowcases are somewhat thin and the ones I have for this project are white so I want to line them. So I'm saving those for next week.
You'll also notice that I'm using pinking shears in the pictures. The only reason I am is because when we hid everything, um, I mean cleaned everything, before the graduation party I told my children to take the stack of sewing stuff from the costumes (cabinets included) and make an exact pile in the attic. Well, the attic was about 2000 degrees the afternoon I decided to make the dress. So, you go right ahead and use regular scissors and/or a rotary cutter.
Pillowcase (or fabric)
Bias tape (optional)
1. Make your own "pillowcase" (if using an already made pillowcase skip this step)
I wanted to get 2 dresses out of my yard of fabric so I just cut the yard in half right down the pencil line. I pinned on each side of the pencil line to keep the fabric from moving.
2. Cut off fold of pillowcase
If you're using a pillowcase or you made one like I did you will need to cut off the folded area so that you have a tube. If you made your own "pillowcase" but didn't use the fold on your fabric and you already have a tube then you are good to go...just skip this step.
3. Make armholes
4. Make a casing for the ribbon
If you used a pillowcase you're done! Unless of course you want to add some embellishments. If you didn't use a pillowcase keep going.
5. Hem your dress
6. Adding ribbon
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. Also, if you make a dress leave a link in the comments so we can all see it.
This post is linked to The Stuff of Success,