Pillowcase Dress Tutorial
I am constantly making boy projects since I have two little boys! This month I have taken some time to focus on projects that are great for little girls! You can go check out the cupcake and bumble bee costumes if you are looking for more little lady projects! My friends in Sewing School (join us!!), a Facebook group where newbies come for support and advice, asked for a pillowcase dress tutorial so here it is!
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Pillowcase Dress Tutorial
This post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics. They have supplied the fabric for the project and the giveaway. All opinions are my own, and if you don’t already know I adore AGF and would never promote something I don’t use and love.
Pandalicious Fabric by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics
Lace Ribbon (optional)
Sizing Chart: I found this amazing Pillowcase Dress Sizing Chart on Sew Like My Mom. She also has great ideas for donating these dresses, go check it out!
The dress I made is a size 4. Based on the sizing chart on Sew Like My Mom I wanted to have a front and back piece that measures 22X26. I chose two of the half yard cuts of fabric to work with. From the main print I simply cut the half yard in half. It was a generous half yard so I had a piece that measure 19X22.
From the contrast fabric I cut two pieces measuring 8X22″ and two pieces measure 4X22″. The last two things to cut are four pieces of lace measuring 22″ each and two ribbons measuring 44″.
Each step is going to repeated twice. Once for the front of the dress and once for the back. First take the 4″ strip and line it up with the bottom of the 19″ strip. Sew in place.
Use a zig zag stitch to top-stitch over the top of the seam. This will hold the seam down on the inside of the dress and also keep it flat on the front.
The next step is to press the sides under 1/4″ and then under again by 1/4″. Do this for the two large pieces as well as the 8″ strips that you have yet to work with. Then sew these seams in place.
Now line the 8″ strip up on the top of the back side of the main piece right side down. This will seem wrong, but it isn’t I promise you. So the main fabric will be right side down then place the 8″ strip also right side down and sew the seam in place. When you press the seam in place it should look as it does below. The wrong side of the contrast fabric will show when you look at the right side of the main piece.
Now press the very edge of the 8″ strip under by 1/4″ (this is the top of the dress.) You are going to sew this seam in place. While you do so you are going to attach the lace.
Once you have sewn the lace in place fold the strip over and sew it in place directly in line with the seam that attaches the contrast fabric.
Remember you should be doing all of these steps twice to make the front and back of the dress! Now it is time to attach the two pieces. Place the two pieces together right sides facing each other. Be sure to line up the bottom stripes closely (the top is not as important to line up because it is part of the arm hole and so it won’t be as noticeable if they aren’t lined up.
Use another pin to measure 5-6 inches down from the top of the dress. This will create the arm hole. Do not sew above the pin.
Sew down each side, leaving the arm holes open. Two more steps and we are done!
Fold the bottom edge under by 1/4″ and then roll it under one more time by 1/4″. As you sew the seam in place attach your last strips of lace to the bottom.
Lastly push a ribbon through each of the top holes. Mark the middle of the dress and do a small stitch to hold the ribbon in place and keep it from coming out.