June 8, 2011

DIY Pillowcase Dress Tutorial. No ARMholes to cut out!

.Pillowcase Dress Tutorial.

This is a very easy Pillowcase Dress Tutorial. If you can sew a straight line you can sew this Pillowcase Dress. No ARMHOLES to cut out!!

Supplies Needed:
1yd of fabric
Sewing Machine
2 - 3 yds Ribbon 1.5"
Safety Pin

**Before I started I sewed 6" of pink fabric to my brown fabric. You can just use a solid peice of fabric or add a trim like mine if you would like. I'm writing this tutorial like the brown and pink fabric is one solid peice of fabric.

Getting Started:

Decide want size you are making. I want a 6x dress. I need it to be 24" long.

Here are some Pillowcase Dress Sizes you can use:
6-9 Months: 14" Long
12 Months: 15.5" Long
18 Months: 17.5" Long
2T: 19.5" Long
3T: 21" Long
4T: 22" Long
5/6: 24" Long
7/8: 26" Long

I personally like all of Madison's PCD to be 21" long. She wears a 6/7 and it is a long shirt instead of a dress. It goes right above her knees and looks adorable with a pair of jeans or leggings.

Cutting Your Fabric:
Cut your fabric at 21". This is the width of the dress. It is about 3x's the chest measurements.

You need to cut 2 panels of fabric. One for the front of the dress and one for the back of the dress.

If you are making a PCD under 12Months old cut it at 20". If it is over a size 8 cut it at 22".

Decide what lenght you need
I need a dress 24" long. Add 3 inches to the length you need. Cut your fabric. I will cut my fabric at 27" long. I added 3 inches, because I'm adding 2 inches to the top and 1" to the bottom of the dress.

Now you have two panels of fabric both measuring 21" width x 27" (or whatever your length + 3 is) Length.

Lets Start Sewing!

Sewing the Sides

Start with the sides of your dress, fold the fabric 1/2" and sew. I fold my fabric once and use a zigzag sticth. You could double fold your fabric and use a straight stitch if you prefer.

Sew both sides of the dress and do the same thing with your other panel of fabric. (4 total)

Sew the Bottom

I fold the bottom part of the dress 1" and sew a zig zag stitch. Do the same with your other panel of fabric.

Right now you should have 2 panels of fabric with 3 sides sewn. The top of the dress is still unsewn at this point.

Sew the Top of your dress
Fold your fabric down 2" and sew a zig zag stitch.

TIP: You want to always make sure to sew this part (top of the PCDress) after you sew the sides of the dress. If you do it first you will mess up the armholes and the hole to add your ribbon.

Sewing your 2 fabric panels together

Have both outsides of your fabric panels facing eachother and line them up. It should look like it's inside out.
Start from the bottom of the dress and sew a straight stitch 1/4" from the side. Do NOT sew all the way up! You will sew closed the armholes.

Stop 6" from the top of your PCDress. This is your ARMHOLE!

Repeat and do the samething with the other side. Make sure to stop 6" from the top of the dress!!

On the inside of your dress open up the flap. Sew back up the side of your dress using a zig zag stitch. Repeat with other side. make sure to stop at the 6" mark again. You are just resewing over the straight stitch we just did.

Turn your Pillowcase Dress right side out. It should look like a Pillowcase :)

Add the Ribbon

Grab your 1.5" wide ribbon and cut at 36" - 46". I cut my ribbon at 36". You will need 2 peices of ribbon. One for the front of the dress and one for the back of the dress. 

Use a safety pin in the middle of your ribbon. Feed it through the hole in the top of your dress...
Feed the safety pin all the way and even the ribbon out on both sides. Do the same thing to the other side of your Pillowcase Dress.

Sewing your Ribbon in Place

Fold the top of your PCD in half to find the center of your ribbon. Sew using a zig zag stitch to secure. Repeat with the other side of your dress.

Heat Sealing Your Ribbon

Fold each end of your ribbon in half. Hold securely and cut to a point. Keep holding your ribbon in half and heat seal the ends with a lighter or wood burner.

Voila! You are finished and didn't have to worry about any armholes :)

If you have any questions email me!

Learn how to make a matching bow by clicking here!

Learn how to add an applique to the front of your PCD by clicking here!


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