There are few faster sewing projects than learning how to make a girls pillowcase dress. These make adorable summer dresses, or comfortable nightgowns that can be put together in less than 30 minutes.
To make a girls pillowcase dress you will need:
Choose a pillowcase. The pattern can be a cutsy cartoon, a pretty floral, funky geometrics or a cozy flannel number. Pillowcases can be found in thrift stores, any department store or your own closet.
Wash the pillowcase and then iron it. Spray starch adds enough stiffness to make it easier to cut and manipulate through out the construction of the dress.
Measure the girl the dress is intended for. Begin at the collarbone and then down to where they want the hem of the dress to fall. Transfer this measurement to the pillowcase, starting at the hem. The open end will be the bottom of the dress. Be sure to add an inch to allow for seams.
Make the armholes by cutting a section out of each side of the pillowcase. A three- to four-inch line should be enough for the child’s arm to fit through. Add a horizontal cut at the bottom of the armhole if there is a problem with comfort.
Fold the neck down 1/4 inch from the top. Iron this to hold it in place. Make another fold, this time go down 3/4 inches. Sew along the fold to create a casing for the elastic.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread it through the casing. Hold in place with the safety pin. Gather the top as desired and then stitch through the ends of the casing. This will hold it in place and you can remove the safety pin.
Fold the armholes and pin. Iron to hold in place and then attach the binding or ribbon starting from the bottom of the armhole. Allow extra binding or ribbon to extend past the armholes and use to tie a bow at the shoulders.
Add trim to the bottom of the pillowcase for extra detail. Fringe, tassles, pom poms, ribbons or ruffles can make the dress truly unique. Simply pin the desired trim to the hem and then sew in place.