Lined Pillowcase Dress Tutorial
MATERIALS: Fabric: For toddler sized dresses, you will need about one yard of lining fabric, one yard of main dress fabric, and a quarter yard of contrast fabric for the bottom band. (If you are wanting to make a larger size you may need to purchase more fabric.) Notions: You will need approximately two yards of ribbon for the shoulder straps and matching thread. You will also need some sort of large paper for your pattern pieces. I like to use tissue paper or a light weight wrapping paper. Optional: I like to add some sort of flower pin to my pillowcase dresses. Sometimes I create the pin with a fake flower while other times I use fabric scraps from the dress and sometimes I use ribbon that matches the shoulder straps. A matching button added to the flower always adds some extra interest.
|a) tracing dress|
|b) pin pattern pieces to dress|
3. Once your pieces are all cut, you are ready to sew. Edge finish each piece. I use a serger, but a zig-zag stitch on your machine will work as well.
|c) pin bottom band to main body|
|d) press seam open|
|e) pin side seams together|
|f) pin lining to main body at under arm seams|
|g) clip curves|
6. You should now have the main body of the dress and the lining of the dress complete. Now we sew the body to the lining at the under arm seams. Have the main body of the dress with right sides out and the lining inside out. Place the lining over the main body matching up side seams. Pin lining to the main body along the under arm seams. (Remember to have right sides together.) Sew the lining to the main body along under arm seams. Remover pins and clip the curves. Turn the lining to the inside. Press the under arm seams flat.
|h) press down one quarter inch|
|i) press again at three quarter inch|
|j) stitch the ribbon into the dress on each side|
8. The final step to the dress is to hem the lining and the main body. Press a half inch hem on each layer and stitch.
|You are done! Enjoy your dress!!|
|A great feature of this dress is that it can be reversible.|
|Close up of the flower pin I made to match this dress.|
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