Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pillowcase dress for Maylee

I am loving these cool pillowcase dresses. I finally found directions for making them if you guys want to check out this great blog "A Safer Pillowcase Dress"

I made this one for Maylee in no time. I found the cool fabric on sale for 2.95 a yard, and it only takes half a yard to
make one. You have to buy bias tape and trim too so the total cost for this lil dress was about 5 bucks. Not bad! I had enough fabric left over to make her a matching headband and fabric cuff...I even made me a fabric cuff too so we can match when she wears her dress.

Here is a picture of her wearing the dress:

She is crawling away from me but you get the idea LOL In this picture she is headed for the garbage can...she LOVES the garbage can...and she tries as hard as she can to crawl into the bathroom too. She is quite mobile nowadays!

If you make a pillowcase dress out of regular fabric and not an actual pillowcase you can just lay the fabric flat on its original fold where its like 22 inches wide...dont open it up to the full 45 inch width. Keep it folded at 22 inches and then fold it again so it will be like 11 inches, then you can cut out both the armholes and they will match perfect. I go down about 4 inches and cut out the "J" shape three inches into the fabric, so you measure the edge of the fabric 4 inches down, and make a mark then measure three inches into the fabric from the side and make another mark Make sure the marks match and then cut out your "J" shape for the armhole.

You would want to go bigger for a bigger kid. My sweetheart is in a size 12 months right now and this measurement seems to work for her. Of course it would need to be smaller for a newborn and bigger for a toddler. Use your own judgement.

The bias tape is so easy to put on its almost a sin. You could cut your own and save a 2 bucks but I am lazy so I buy it premade LOL. I make the straps about 7 or 8 inches long.

The elastic you put in the top of the dress is so easy too. I dont do it like most people cause I hate threading elastic thru a casing, I take the full length of elastic and sew my casing around the elastic...kinda hard to explain...I never cut the elastic off the spool till I have sewn the casing, and then scrunched the fabric up around the elastic to the desired width....on this dress its about 6 inches, but I think I should have made it be about 5 inches wide. After your scrunch up the fabric around the elastic then you sew in down and THEN cut it off the spool. This saves a bunch of time and makes your casing perfect every time cause your folding and sewing around the elastic as your going...hope I didnt confuse anyone LOL. Its a trick I learned from my mommy. She used to do it like that after I heard her cussing a whole lot doing it the other way where you cut your elastic and put the little safety pin in the end and try to thread it thru...yeah, mom cussed like a sailor many times cause she would make the casing too small or too big and then she started doing it this way and the cussing stopped. A cure for cussing!!! YAY!

I have been wanting to take pics of different ways I do stuff and post more tutorials I hope to get that done someday! I want to make one on soap. I would love for you guys to see the process of soapmaking. It fascinates me still and I would love to share it with you.

Well Maylee has her foot caught in some embroidery thread and she is headed for the kitchen.I hear her unwinding the spool as she crawls... I better go get her....

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