Thursday, August 14, 2008

vintage pillowcase dress. . .don't go, summer!





I am in denial. Summer is NOT almost over. I swear it just started here in the Pacific Northwest! Hopefully September will be beautiful and we'll get an extra month of sunshine. One can only hope. Maybe if we make more summer clothes we'll trick the sun into staying around. . .

We couldn't resist posting this adorable summer frock made from--get this--a vintage pillowcase! Another chance to "restyle" something. We found these at the antiques flea market, two for $5. They have beautiful crocheted edges that must have taken painstaking hours to create. Gorgeous! And if it seems too late for this breezy beauty, think how cute it would be on a big girl with a long-sleeved shirt over a pair of jeans! We threw together a quick tutorial so you can make one of these before sweater-weather arrives. . .

Girls Pillowcase Dress

What you'll need:
*Vintage pillowcase (or any pillowcase you want, really)
*Scissors
*Coordinating bias tape and thread
*Sewing machine
*2 yards of ribbon of your choice, cut into two-1 yard pieces

Okay, let's get started.

1. Fold a clean and ironed pillowcase in half lengthwise.
2. On the top sewn edge, cut off the top and cut armholes on the side. (We’re not giving exact measurements because each child is different. Make sure you have an idea of how long and big the sleeves should be according to the size of the child.)
3. Sew bias tape to the armhole sections of the dress using a zig-zap stitch.

4. Turn pillowcase inside out and fold down the top two times on each side and iron. The amount you fold down will depend on the size of the ribbon you choose to use. Sew near the outer edge of the fold, leaving enough room for your ribbon to slide through.

5. Attach a safety pin to the end of your ribbon and thread a piece through each side. Turn pillowcase right-side out. Tie the ribbons together in a bow. Voila!


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8 Responses to “vintage pillowcase dress. . .don't go, summer!”

ms.clark said...

This also makes a great tank top for an adult. Or for those more daring, you can turn it into a cute little nightie. You just have to make the straps a little longer. A great way to feel feminine and restyle something that you already have.

michellejohnnie said...

Love it! love it! Love it! Now I need to go through my mom's old pillow cases!

BitsyBeeMama said...

I don't have too much time to do crafts while working full-time, but my little 2 1/2 year old would look great in the pillowcase dress! It looks so easy, I may have to try it out over a weekend. Our summers in DC last a little longer than yours, so she could be wearing such a dress until well into October!

Carrie said...

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I am so excited about this post! I have some vintage pillowcases that have embroidery on the ends and I think they will make beautiful pillowcase dresses for the midget next year!! Thanks!! You are definitely going in my reader!

2 Green Eyed Girls said...

I love how sweet those dresses are, I can't wait to hit up the antique alley here in my neck of the woods this week. Those are super sweet and my littles will look so cute in them. GREAT Tutorial, I'm not a sewer and you've inspired me! Thanks Ladies!

Audrey said...

Sooooo Cute! One of my girls will only wear skirts or dresses. This would be perfect for her!

The Tin House said...

This is utterly divine. I'd like to post about this particular idea because it's just so "me"!! I found your site a few nights ago....can't remember quite how I got here, but am very glad I did. I am inspired by the ideas you have for making such special things. Thanks for sharing. I'll keep popping by. Lisa x

The Tin House said...

oh...plus, Spring has sprung here in Australia and that warm weather won't be too far away. Lisa x

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