Well, after a relaxing weekend catching up with family in the city I finally sat down at my machine tonight when the girls were (finally) in bed.
I have had these pillowcases for months now. I had purchased them both for $1 at a thrift store because I just loved the red and black flower print.
I have been meaning to convert them to a pillowcase dress for so long that tonight was the night!
The first thing I did was to take some lengths off so the dress wouldn’t be too long for my Big Little Miss M (I cut the excess off the open end).
Now because the pillowcase only had the print on the face of the pillow I used both for one dress and simply used the white pillow back as lining.
I then cut armholes out of the top left and right corners of both pillowcases and then cut both side seams off.
This left me with two pillowcase pieces that I could open out flat.
I then over-locked (serged) the armpit openings and the new side seams.
Then to ensure I had an opening to feed the neck ribbon through I folded the over-locked edge under right at the top where the lining was attached to the print side.
Then I flipped the lining to the inside and topstitched the remaining armpit (ensuring not to stitch over the opening that I’d done in the previous step).
The next step I did was to sew a decorative ribbon around the lower section of the dress and feed a coordinating ribbon through the neckline and hem the dress and lining.
I kept the lining and dress separate at the hem to avoid any bunching and to achieve a better hang.
Well here it is…..
I also did a quick little yo-yo in a piece of the scrap material just to give it a little extra touch and to cover the ribbon join.
Tomorrow I will add a picture of my little one wearing it… overall for my $1 and about an hour of sewing I am fairly happy with the result.
Here are a couple of photos of my Big Little Miss M. I just love how my little 3 year old works the camera… she makes me smile with her poses!
And here’s a photo of her with lil sis (Little Little Miss M). I love when I get a shot of the two of them sharing some sisterly love… I hope they grow to treasure these as they get older.
And the one below is just because it really makes me laugh. They were both facing the morning sun (silly I know, but it made me think… doesn’t almost everyone have one of these photos from childhood, all squinty and such?)
Oh, and Little Little Miss M’s dress was the Christmas dress I made for big sis last year! Still looks just as good :)