Pillowcase Dress

This is a quick and easy way to make a pillowcase dress. and my favorite to make!  I recently became the Missouri Ambassador for a wonderful ministry Dress A Girl Around The World.  www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com Our director, Suzanne, has a post of this same dress pattern on her blog, as well  http://sewdelightful.blogspot.com/2013/12/dress-tutorial.html  It will help you to visit Dress A Girl’s website and check out the sewing handbook.  It will give you all the measurements for these dresses and you can print off the arm-hole templates.

 

  1. Start with a clean pillowcase trim off the top and fold it in half.

 

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2.   Measure the approximate length of your dress and decide which armhole template you need.  Cut both sides at the same time.

 

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3.   Open up pillowcase, turn inside out and fold town 1/4 inch and press.  Fold down again 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches and press.  Do this for both sides.

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4.  Sew along the edge of your fold.  I live to use a zig-zag stitch, especially when I am doing a contrasting color.  Then sew your top stitch that will encase your elastic.  I like to skip down a little so you will have a little ruffle at the top of your dress.  Do this for both sides.  Always remember to back stitch so your dresses will be sturdy and bless these girls for a long time!

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5.   Determine the length of elastic you need (refer to your handbook), put a pin in the end of it and feed it through your casing.

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6.    Do a zig-zag stitch back and forth several times along the elastic.  Be sure to do it close enough to the edge that your seam binding will cover it.  Feed the elastic all the way through and do the same on the other side.

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7.    Determine the length of your straps (refer to the handbook).  You will be using Extra wide, double fold bias tape for this.  Fold your tape in half to determine the middle.  Place the middle at the bottom of your armhole and pin it.  You might want to open it up and sandwich it around the fabric and pin all around the armhole.  I have done it so much at this point, I am able just to hold it!

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8.   Be sure to fold under the ends of your tape so you have no rough edges and sew all along the tape from one end to the other.  Where the binding meets with the edge of the dress I like to use a back and forth zig-zag stitch to make the dress more durable.

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9.    Now it the time you would add a pocket, maybe even some lace or a ruffle, and your Dress A Girl Label.  Since I am waiting on my labels to come in I will add my pocket later!

 

 

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If you would like to find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World and how you can help this work please feel free to contact me!

Candyce Tims

dagmissouri@gmail.com

 

 

 

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