On a hot July day many years ago, I noticed a 5 year old girl running and playing in a slip of a dress with ribbons hanging down her shoulders. I instantly wanted that kind of a dress for my 7 month-old-daughter. I could imagine my baby as a big girl, running and playing in the sun in that exact kind of dress! The girl’s mother told me the dress was made from a vintage pillowcase and they were very easy to make.
She explained that the hem of the dress was actually the open end of the pillowcase. All I had to do was open the top seam, cut out armholes and stitch a casing for the ribbon. At the time I didn’t have a sewing machine and the thought of sewing ANYTHING terrified me—plus, she sort of lost me at cut out the armholes. Being a smart lady and really wanting that dress, I asked the mother if she would make one for me, and she did! Whew! Much easier than actually figuring out what casing meant!
Flash Forward 7 years. I actually have a sewing machine. I kind of know how to make a few things and am not terrified of messing up…SO, this week I pulled out that pillowcase dress and decided I was going to try and make one myself. With a multitude of free patterns online, I learned where to cut and where to stitch. In my linen drawer I found 2 pillowcases, purchased over a decade ago, and went to work. An hour later I had 2 dresses. For my dresses, I embellished them with some vintage buttons and used WONDERFUL elastic trim from May Arts for the shoulder ties.
The pillowcase dress is a very simple project that can be made in about 30 minutes. Possibilities with this basic idea are endless–various color combinations, fabrics, ribbons, buttons, etc. Now that I know how easy this really is…I am going to be making these all summer long!
Here is a flicker photo album with of tons of samples.
Blog Posted By: Leah Farrar-White