dress a girl
I was really excited Vanessa asked me to join in and share a pillowcase style dress I made for my daughter. Vanessa is hosting a sew-a-long with tons of inspiration and ideas to benefit the Dress a Girl Around the World charity. How awesome is that?! Yesterday Vanessa shared a tutorial (with pattern) for a pillowcase dress, so go check it out and help a little girl in need!
As for my little project, I’ll admit, I’ve never tried to make a pillowcase dress before and the first tutorial I pulled up ended up to be a little vague. So anyway, I needed to make some modifications to the dress to make it fit!
I knew I wanted to use a knit fabric for the body of the dress. So I picked this zig zag that I had gotten from fabric.com. I think my girls really love clothes that are comfortable and knits are all about comfort! Vanessa and I were talking and we thought that even a t-shirt pillowcase (or old t-shirt) would be a good option for a pillowcase dress as well!
With mine I used the basic shape as with any pillow case dress, but I didn’t make enough bias tape, so I ended up joining the shoulder straps – so no ties to contend with, maybe that was a good thing! I also added the bias tape across the chest, to add a bit more color.
A couple tips:
I used a serger for sewing up this dress, but you can do it with a regular machine, just use a ballpoint needle and a long and narrow zig zag setting.
Knits can be left unfinished, no need to worry about fraying!
I hope you can join in an help donate a dress (or two)!
and thank goodness for silly little girls!