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#1 of 5 Old 02-05-2006, 11:13 AM - Thread Starter
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PillowCase Dress instructions

# You need a shirt and a pillow case cut to the length you want for a dress.
# I serged the top of the pillow case (where it was cut) to prevent fraying, and then did a baste stich with the machine (longest length, 0 width, left each end open)
# Then I gathered the material by carefully pulling it over the string all around the waist

I continued gathering until I had reached the width of the shirt I was using

I flipped the right sides together (skirt is inside out in this picture) and pinned around the waist to hold in place aprox 2 inches below armpit line

I sewed with a straight stich (aprox 2.5 length) around the waist with the bottom of shirt facing machine. You can do this twice for added security if you'd like

I hemmed the bottom and added some lace to this example because it was actually just fabric, but with the other pillow case dresses pictured below, I just left the pillowcase bottom as is.

Okay, I found the perfect craft for my shortage of time!
This is my first run (mom walked me through it!) and it is so simple. I just took an old retro looking pillow case an a shirt from the girls closet, I cut the pillow case in half, but left it together at the side and hem seams. I then turned right sides together, gathered, and sewed!
Viola ! A cute dress!
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what a great, practical idea! I love it bc/ vintage pillowcases are a breeze to find at thrift stores! thanks!
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This is so cute, what a great idea!
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#4 of 5 Old 05-23-2006, 04:56 PM
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I use too small mama skirts/dresses for bottoms of this too. I've even made a dress out of the leg of a 3X pants!!
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thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
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