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A Different kind of Pillowcase Dress

May 13, 2011

Summertime is right around the corner, and what that is going to mean for me is sewing lots of little dresses.  And maybe shorts, but probably not very likely.  I made this dress for Creamie last night, and while it’s not perfect, and kind of looks like a nightgown instead of a dress, I like how it turned out.  And it only cost me about $1.25 to make.  Victory!

sweet little girl

I know you can just turn a pillowcase into a dress by adding a few straps, but that’s not really what I wanted.  Me and my daughter are both very pale, and the more sun I can keep off her (and my) skin, the better.  I don’t need to introduce my daughter to skin cancer before she learns to read.  So, I added some sleeves.   I had to cut 6 inches off the top anyway, so I used those scraps to cut the sleeves, and then added a round yoke in pink.

the back

So, round yoke dresses?  Very cute.  And a pain in the neck to sew with all those curves.  I loosely followed a pattern I already had, but modified it to be a button in the back instead of a zipper.  I think the reason people make pillowcase dresses is because they are cute and easy and can be done in 30 minutes if you are on a roll.  Mine took a lot longer than that.  And after I was all finished I had to redo the elastic in the sleeves because they were too tight on her little arms.  Oops.  I don’t know that she’ll ever wear it out of the house, it has kind of that mumu vibe going on.  Ah well, it’s still cute.

pillowcase dress

This morning Scott took her outside to take pictures (all my windows face west and we don’t get sunshine inside the house until sometime after 2:00)  She was as happy as can be to show off her new dress.

little face

I am off to work at my little fabric store today, and then tomorrow I am headed up to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market.  I will be sure to take lots of pictures.  And I really kind of hope that I meet someone famous!  Have a good weekend.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Peg permalink
    May 13, 2011 8:37 am

    This dress is ADORABLE. I think you should write up & sell directions. :-)

  2. May 13, 2011 8:57 am

    Ok that’s just the cutest thing! I really love the back with the little button :)

  3. May 13, 2011 3:22 pm

    Hi cutie miss Creamie!

    Have fun at Quilt Market (without me)… *sniff sniff* ;)

    So… I bought you four Panda Licorice bars… with the intention of only eating one of them. There’s currently one left. I swear… it will make it to the mail. ;)

  4. May 14, 2011 8:39 am

    So very sweet!!! Clarice

  5. Susan permalink
    May 14, 2011 3:35 pm

    Just darling – both dress and wearer!

  6. May 14, 2011 6:28 pm

    Now see, you can’t do that for boys – that’s just cheating! ;)

    Ok, I have actually used sheets to make pajama bottoms, so I guess you can. But nobody get’s to see those like a pretty little dress.

    She looks like she loves it too!

  7. May 14, 2011 7:59 pm

    And the crazy yoke sewing is why I’ve only been doing peasant tops lately… but I’m going to venture into something else, and soon. I swear.

    I love the little dress, but agree, it does look a little pj-ish… but I’m certain it’s just the fabric. I love it anyway. So pretty.

  8. May 16, 2011 11:52 am

    Sigh. Adorable.

  9. May 18, 2011 4:03 am

    Such an adorable dress!!!

  10. November 27, 2013 10:18 pm

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a very
    good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t manage to get
    anything done.

  11. Mia permalink
    July 22, 2014 4:38 am

    This nightgown is so beautiful! I know you wrote that you modified a pattern a bit but what pattern did you use? I so want to make this :)

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