Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pillowcase dress

These pics uploaded completely backwards, but this way  you can see the finished product first. I've been wanting to try a pillowcase dress for quite awhile.  It's a very easy concept that only takes about 15 minutes to make- literally!  I used an old pillowcase from my grandma's house.  I like how it turned out except that it really looks like a pillowcase to me (duh)!  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I don't think I'll put this on Ella (normally a size 5T - the length of a standard pillowcase).  It would be cuter cut for a smaller girl.  I'll cut a good 10 inches off of the top (the sewn edge of the pillowcase) and make one for Kate next.  I'll post pics of that soon!  There are all kinds of tutorials and videos out there for making these so I won't try to give many details.  The following pictures (starting at the bottom) show the progression of laying out the pillowcase, cutting off the top sewn edge and J-shaped notches in the corners for the arm holes, finishing the armholes by turning the edge under twice and sewing, make a casing across the top and back to run ribbon through and then tying the ribbon together at both ends to form adjustable straps.

If anyone would like to send me a pillowcase,your child's height, and $10 I'll make you one!