I can’t believe that I’ve posted several photos of pillow case dresses over the past year without providing any tutorials. What was I thinking? I’m not an expert seamstress, but I get by. You don’t need great skill to make these dresses. Just your basic ‘101 How to Sew’ level is enough.
In last week’s post I covered how to measure and cut out the fabric for a pillow case dress. You can see that here. There are 2 different ways to gather the top of the dress and finish the armholes. This week I’m going to provide a tutorial on how to ribbon gather a dress.
You’ll need about 2/3 yard of double fold bias tape, and 2 yards of double face satin ribbon.
First, clip the curves of the armholes.
Then open up bias tape and pin to right side of armholes. Stitch about 1/4 inch from edge.
Fold bias tape over seam.
Pin in place.
Edge stitch bias tape.
Do this for both armholes. For the top casing turn the dress inside out. Iron the front and back edges down ¼ inch.
Fold down and iron a second time ¼ inch more than the width of your ribbon. For this dress my ribbon is 5/8 inch wide, so the second fold is 7/8 inch wide.
Cut 1 yard double face satin ribbon for the front, and another yard for the back. Attach a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and push it through the casing. Do this for both front and back.
Cut your ribbon ends on an angle to prevent fraying.
This last step is optional. I don’t want the ribbon to slip out of the casing, so I make some stitches through the center of it to keep it in place. You can use any stitch you like. I prefer using stitch numbers 23 and 29. The choice is yours.
And that’s all there is to it. Pretty easy, huh? Next week I’ll show you how to elastic gather the top of a dress, using seam binding for ties. It’s just as easy as this method.
I hope that was helpful.