Monday, July 27, 2009

Pillowcase Metamorphosis into Child's Dress

This week I am showing a metamorphosis of a pillowcase. I decided to try to make a pillowcase dress for my niece. I did not have her around to measure her, so all of my measurements are guesses!

A pink checkered pillowcase.
I chopped off the closed end - I wanted my piece to measure approximately 18" long, which should (hopefully) fit a 18m-24m child.

Cut the armholes, by measuring about 3" in, and 3" down from the cut on the pillowcase.

Folded then pressed the front and back neckline to form a case for the elastic. Threaded the elastic by attaching a safety pin to pull it through.

Using bias tape that I made from excess pillowcase on the armholes, I sewed along the armhole openings.

And I used a bit of lace and elastic for the straps and on the pocket (I wasn't thrilled with how the straps turned out, I would probably stick to the traditional tie up straps next time).
Sorry these directions were not more thorough, but if you are interested there are many great tutorials online - google "pillowcase dress tutorial". I read through a few and combined the parts that I liked to make this. If I made it again, I would probably stick to bias tape tied shoulders rather than trying to make straps. And I would use a contrasting bias tape.

Don't forget to check out other metamorphosis projects on Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. That dress is just precious! Glad to fine a kindred spirit that enjoys sewing!

  2. That old fashioned dress is adorable!!! Who knew you could make something like that out of a pillowcase!

  3. Too cute! I'm so impressed that you can "guess" for measurements. I'm not very handy with a sewing machine, so I'm just in awe that you can do this. You are a great aunt! I'm sure your niece will be thrilled!

  4. A dress out of a pillow cute!

  5. I can paint, take photographs, even hammer nails and saw... however the simple funtion of threading a needle puts me into a tail spin.

    I admire anyone who is so blessed to creat such a great sun dress!! You and your family will be blessed. (ohh and im jealous :)

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

  6. I love it, I hope it is the right size..if it is too small she could wear it with some shorts !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  7. HI, I made a dress like this recently for a gift. I had the little girl's initials monogramed on the front and it turned out really cute. Years ago I made my daughter one that served as a nightgown. Yours is just precious! Hey, I love your blog header too. Very unique!

  8. You did a nice job with the little dress ... great idea to recycle the fabric!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the thoughtful comment on my estate sale post. I see you're quite the estate saler/thrifter ... a kindred spirit! I'll look forward to reading about more of your finds!


  9. Back again. Just wanted to say I was checking out your etsy shop and saw the pretty dessert plates. I looked up the number and they're "Goldcroft" by Noritake, produced from 1948-1955. Replacements has them listed for $6.99 each (bread and butter plates). Anyhow you're offering someone a very nice deal!