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I know how to sew pretty well, but I simply don't have the time to spend doing complicated patterns. I have tons of knits and woven materials that I'd like to use to make my dd's some simple dresses for the summer. I'm talking A-line (read no fluffy ruffles, pleats, etc.) that I can mostly use my serger to make. I'm having difficulty finding a good pattern. I made up a dress tonight that was suppose to be a size 18 months and it looks more like a 4T. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Can anyone help me?
 

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<a href="http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2004/06/index.html" target="_blank">Pillowcase Dress Variation</a> Scroll down to June 23rd post.<br><br>
I have made 7-8 of these and LOVE them. They are soo quick and cheap (~$2). I get my pillowcases from thrift stores and yard sales.<br><br>
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This probably the simplest dress I've ever made!<br><br>
It is basically just one pattern piece, you cut 2, the outer fabric and the lining fabric. Sew it rightsided together, turn it rightsides out, topstitch, add buttons and buttonholes (or you could even do velcro!) and you are done!!<br><br><a href="http://www.sewbaby.com/big/patterns10_/sb-10.html" target="_blank">dress</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This probably the simplest dress I've ever made!</div>
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and reversible no less!
 

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Thanks ladies! I've almost finished a pillowcase dress. It should have been a 20 min. project, but instead has been an all day project with 2 small children to care for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> those dresses are too cute!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Pillowcase Dress Variation Scroll down to June 23rd post.<br><br>
I have made 7-8 of these and LOVE them. They are soo quick and cheap (~$2). I get my pillowcases from thrift stores and yard sales.<br><br>
Tricia</div>
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Wow, I love this variation! I am making one of these tonight!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy">
 

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I made one! I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it! It was soooo easy to make.<br><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/myellieandme/crafts" target="_blank">Pillowcase Dress</a><br><br>
I'm on the hunt for more pillowcases this weekend. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> those dresses are too cute!</div>
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I just might have to make one this weekend! :LOL
 

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Those pillowcase dresses are adorable. I have a couple of vintage pillowcases that I have to do up now that I've seen those dresses.
 

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I have a super easy one, but it takes a little more time.<br><br>
Cut a piece of fabric the length you want the dress (plus room for hemming the top and bottom.. I serge fold and stitch down..so like 1/2 inch to the top and to the bottom) and cut it twice the width of her chest size. The, serge the two raw edges togheter. Then, around the top edge, sew about 6-10 lines of "shirring" with elastic thread (just wind your bobbin with elastic thread.. stretching it as you wind.. it's very simple and inexpensive). Then, you can either make sraps by making your own mock bias tape, use ribbon, or buy bias tape.. sew one to each shoulder and tie halter style or sew to front and back.<br><br>
This is seriously the easiest dress ever and my daughter loves them because she can dress herself since they are nice and stretchy. One takes me about 40 minutes to make and I'm slow.<br><br>
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do u have a pic? i dont get what shirring is<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Here is an auction that has a good picture.<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=15641&item=6775555282&rd=1" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...775555282&rd=1</a> Shirring is just sewing rows with elastic thread and it makes the fabric gather there. It looks difficult, but it's very simple. Just rectangle of fabric with sewn sides and some straps .. then add the shirring to make it fitted across the top.. very simple!<br><br>
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cool. i love that look. so do i need to use elastic thread on top and on the bobbin or just the bobbin?
 

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I made a pillowcase dress <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's Dd's first dress. I wish I had pics, I used a vintage sheet that's very pale yellow with yellow sunflowers and made the binding out of the same fabric. It turned out gorgeous. I used two narrow "grow stripe" type tucks near the hem as an accent.<br><br>
I like how a toddler has room to move around in them without being drowned in fabric. I can totally see becoming obsessed with these <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: and making them in a dozen different fabrics.<br><br>
I want to make a little matching top & shorts set but I'm having trouble finding a shorts pattern I like.
 

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I am not a seamstress at all! But here's what I did this morning:<br><a href="http://www.familymoses.net/dressfromanne.htm" target="_blank">easy tshirt dress</a><br>
It took about 10 minutes, 1 old tshirt, and half a yard of cheap fabric.
 

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Thank you for this Tshirt dress tips. I was looking to make some play dress and these are great ideas!!!<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am not a seamstress at all! But here's what I did this morning:<br><a href="http://www.familymoses.net/dressfromanne.htm" target="_blank">easy tshirt dress</a><br>
It took about 10 minutes, 1 old tshirt, and half a yard of cheap fabric.</div>
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I love them all! Now, which one to try first...
 

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<a href="http://www.elizabethlee.com/patterns/nc303.htm" target="_blank">http://www.elizabethlee.com/patterns/nc303.htm</a><br><br>
This dress pattern is super cute, and super fast to sew! It includes infant, toddler, and child sizes, too, plus it also includes some other patterns like a diaper cover and romper. I've used it and love it, really fast to sew and easy!
 
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