Painters are here brightening up my house. The house is a wreck and I’m confined to a back bedroom with my sewing machine. I think this would be a good time to show how I make my pillowcase dresses. There are various methods to making one, and this is just how I do mine.
Okay, so after I’ve cut my front and back pieces out, I pin them wrong sides together, and sew a 1/4 inch seam.
I turn the dress outside in, and press. Then I sew the seam 3/8 inch from edge. That’s it. That’s a french seam.
Next I hem the dress. I turn the fabric under 1/4 inch two times, press, pin and edge stitch.
Onto the armholes – the hard part for me. I use 7/8 inch bias tape and iron it out flat.
Clip the armhole curves.
Pin the binding to the outside of the armholes.
Then stitch it about 1/4 inch from edge.
Then I press it up, turn it to the inside and tuck it under. Edge stitch in place.
Okay, we’re past the hard part. On the top of the dress, you need to finish the edges. I don’t have a serger machine, so I just double folded it under 1/4 inch and edge stitched front and back tops.
Fold both tops inside to create casings. Make them large enough to allow your ribbon to pass through. Here I folded it down 1 inch and edge stitched.
Cut two pieces of ribbon 1 yard long. I use a safety pin to guide my ribbon through the casings at the top.
Once my ribbon is centered in the casing, I do a back and forth stitch to keep the ribbon from being pulled out.
You can add any trim or ribbon to ‘pretty it up’. And you’ll have a cute dress!