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Old 03-24-2008, 04:21 PM
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Default Dori's version of the Pillowcase Dress.

This is gonna have ALOT of pics and it might take all night to get it done since I have all the kidlets underfoot and dinner needs to be made.

I was shopping for fabric for a sewing job I had (nod to Leggs) and I spied this cute periwinkle fabric with white polka dots. Also a little remnant of some white fabric with black polka dots. I thought they'd be cute together so I commenced to making some pillowcase dresses for the grandbabies.

First I cut the black and white fabric into thirds so I could use it to trim the bottom of all three dresses.

I folded this strip in half and pressed it. I really hate sewing hems, so using this for the bottom trim was perfect. No hemming!

I pinned this strip to the right side of the blue fabric (which I had cut to 30 inches wide) and stitched them together.

Then I used the fancy "overedge" foot to finish the edges. I've heard that a serger makes this easier. I've never used one so I don't know.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:30 PM
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Next I pressed this seam open

And then applied a big black rickrack trim on top of the seam.

I folded this right sides together and stitched a seam down the length.

I wanted this dress to be roughly 19 inches long from shoulder to hem so I cut this piece to 20 inches long

And then did the fancy over edge thing again to finish the raw edge of this seam. *I wonder how much a serger costs?*

I turned the piece right side out and centered the seam and then pressed the whole piece.

So now we basically have a pillowcase from which to make a dress. At this point I realized what a cute pillowcase this would make. LOL
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:40 PM
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Next I cut the armholes. I cut in about 2 inches and down about 6 inches. I folded the "pillowcase" in half so that the armholes would be exactly the same.

To bind the armholes I cut two strips of the blue fabric 1 1/2 inches wide.(Forgot to take a pic of this step!) And I pinned this strip to the armhole, right sides together. Extra pins around the curvy parts!


I stitched these pieces together and then pressed the seam toward the strip of fabric.

I folded the strip over so that the cut edge met up with the cut edge of the armhole.

And then folded again so that the folded edge met up with the line of stitching where I attached the strip to the armhole. And pinned it all in place.

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Old 03-24-2008, 04:44 PM
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Must cook dinner.
Stay tuned for the thrilling flutter sleeves!
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:55 PM
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Wow thanks for the details, maybe just maybe mine will turn out right.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:54 PM
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wow! I can't wait to see the finished project! I'm loving the step-by-step instructions. thanks for sharing them!!
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:25 PM
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So...after you get it all pinned...sew it of course!

Repeat the binding process for the other arm hole. When you're done, you'll have this.

*Break a needle. Call nemo to see if she has any. She doesn't. Go down to your food storage/junk room and frantically dig thru several boxes of various sewing items till you find a new package you forgot you had.*
Now it's time to make the sleeves!
I cut two rectangles of fabric 4 inches by 7 inches. When I do it again I'll make them more like 6 inches by 7 inches.

Do that fancy overedge thing again on one long side of each sleeve. *Someone tell me how a serger would make this easier and that I should have one.*

Then fold it up about a 1/4 inch toward the wrong side of the fabric and stitch to hem the sleeve. Repeat on second sleeve.

Now do the fancy overedge business on both short sides of both sleeve pieces. *Stop to refill bobbin.*
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:47 PM
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This is where the pictures might help more than my explanation. LOL But I'll try.
Pin these sleeve pieces to the dress with the right sides together.
I need a more in depth explanation but words fail me. Hopefully the pics are clear enough.
One side:

And the other:

Stitch where the pins are and when you're done you'll have this.

Now do the fancy overedge thing (changing this foot back and forth is tedious!) all the way around the top of the dress and sleeves. It's a perfect circle now.

*Find a new spool of thread. Why can't the bobbin and thread ever run out at the same time?*
Now fold the top edge of the dress and sleeves about 3/4 inch toward the wrong side. Stitch with the folded edge at 5/8 inch leaving about 1 inch unsewn.

Thread 1/2 inch wide elastic thru the top using a safety pin to guide the elastic.

Adjust the elastic till the neck opening is appropriate for the kid who's going to wear it. Stitch the ends of the elastic together. Tuck inside the casing and sew that 1 inch gap that you left unsewn before closed.
And you're done! Now you have this.

But it looks much cuter like this!


Making smaller or larger sizes is as simple as changing the length that you cut the piece at the "pillowcase" stage.
You would also want to make the armhole cuts smaller or larger.
This dress was about a size 2T.
I made 3 dresses. I started with the smallest one first and took these pics for you when I made the third one.
Like I said, I'll make the sleeves longer from now on and that should get the sleeves just right.

Oh. I added some little ribbon roses to the first two. But it looks weird. I think they need big fluffy black grosgrain ribbon bows at the top instead. What do you think?
Well, I hope that helped someone. It's sort of a combination of all the previously posted interpretations of a pillowcase dress.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:14 PM
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Those turned out so cute. Thanks Dori the instructions. They are perfect!!!! I'm so excited to finish the one for my DD!!!!
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you almost make me want to learn to sew, WOW, those are just too cute, I am sending this on to the MIL who does all the sewing stuff (I stick to the paper crafting)
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