Monday, June 20, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Lined Pillowcase Dress

Last summer I made my first pillowcase dress and became addicted. They are super simple to create and can be made in so many different fun fabrics. You can see some of the other pillowcase dresses I have made here and here. After posting some of my pillowcase dresses, I received requests to post a tutorial. And after almost a year, it is here, The Lined Pillowcase Dress Tutorial.

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
1. Trace a dress in the size you will be making. All that you need here is the body shape of the dress. I have found that a sleeveless A-line dress works the best. I like to fold the dress in half and place the folded edge on the edge of my paper. Once the body is traced, you will want to add a seam allowance all the way around. For this dress I used a half inch seam allowance. Label this pattern piece as your "lining". Trace your dress again, but this time stop tracing about three inches from the bottom hem of the dress. Add your half inch seam allowance. Label this pattern piece as your "main body". Trace along the bottom of the dress, draw up three inches and following the contour of the bottom, draw a line back toward the fold. Add in your half inch seam allowance. Label this piece your "bottom band". You are now ready to cut out your fabric.
b) pin pattern pieces to dress
2. With the straight edge of your pattern pieces along the fold of your fabric, pin your pieces to the fabric. You will need to cut two of each pattern piece on the fold.
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
4. With all pieces edged, it is time to sew your dress together. Pin the bottom bands to the main body with right sides together, following the curve. Sew along edge allowing for your seam allowance. Once sewn, remove pins and press seam open. Repeat with remaining bottom band and main body.
e) pin side seams together
5. Pin main body pieces together along side seams with right sides together and sew along seam allowing for seam allowance. Remove pins and press seams open. Repeat with both sides of the lining pieces.

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
7. Almost done! Now we are ready to make the casing along the top unfinished seam of the dress. Press the edge of the seam down one quarter of an inch and then press it down again another three quarters of an inch. Stitch along the bottom edges of the front and back to create the casing for the ribbon. Cut your ribbon into two, one yard pieces. Thread each piece of the casing in the front and the back. (You will want to secure your ribbon to the dress. You can do this in one of two ways. On this dress I gathered the fabric with the ribbon and then sewed it into place. I have also gathered the fabric and knotted the ribbon where it meets the dress. I like the looks of sewing the ribbon, but if you think you would like to remove the ribbon at some point you may want to go with the knotted ribbon.)
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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Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

How cute! I've always wanted to make one of these but never knew how...thanks for sharing! I would also LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky's going on now! And, I'm your newest follower! =)


Katy said...

Very cute. I love that it's reversible & I like your fabric choices. I have a redhead too, so of course I think your model is adorable ;)

Mindie Hilton said...

I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
Hope to see you soon.
come strut your stuff

shopannies said...

love these cute little dresses thanks for sharing the how tos come see what we shared at

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

So adorable! Will be featured tonight!!! TFS!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Darling! I love the cool-toned colors...

Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this evening!

Samara said...

Creativity has no boundaries, these photos and designs just prove that. keep up the good work. Dress the little princess, she deserves every bit of it. It reminded me of my childhood how my mother experimented with different fabrics and designs and made sure i was dressed the best. All the best in all your endeavors

Carpe Diem

Rebekah W. said...

I LOVE you for posting a tutorial! I am one of the ones who asked for one a while back, and in getting ready to make my own this week, I thought I would come back to your blog and check (with breath held and fingers crossed) and you DID IT!!! Thank you SO much! Can't wait to make my little princess her own pillowcase dress for Christmas!

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