I hosted a sewing workshop on pillowcase dresses and have been working on perfecting the pillowcase dress. This is an easy up-cycle.
There are hundreds of online tutorials. I have yet to determine the perfect process and style. So much depends on the type of material and the intended use of the dress. However, I have learned a few lessons.
- Use bias tape on the armholes. It is simple and produces a nice edge. If you have never used double folded bias tape, you will be pleasantly surprised.
- French seam the side seams. This sounds complicated, but once again-easy! The best way to hide an edge is a French seam. If you have a serger, that would do the trick, but French seams are so clean and crisp.
- Angle the cut of the side seams. Some people keep the straight edge of the pillowcase, only cutting arm and neck holes from the case. This is very boxy and I prefer to cut an angle to the bodice.
I am working on a third, double layered, dress that I am excited about.
I'm happy to be diving into pillowcase dresses, and that sundress weather is soon!
The navy dress is for my favorite little Virginia Cavalier!
I have concluded there is no "perfect" style. The elastic neckline should work well if I want to create nightgowns. However, I need to come up with a better closure (for safety purposes) than the ties.
I'm sure I will post more pillowcase dresses, as I have been saving pillowcases for years!