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Waiting for the right pillowcase

Way back in November I made a pillowcase dress for my friend’s youngest daughter.  Then I gave another to her middle daughter.  The eldest daughter has been waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting for me to make her one too.  Last week I popped into the oppy and found the perfect pillowcase.  Now it is done!

Pillowcase dress for Claire B by you.

I hadn’t quite worked out what had been stopping me from making this ages ago.  Now I realise that it was because the pillowcase I was originally planning on using just wasn’t the right one for this little girl.  Once I found the perfect match, the dress was made a day later!

I use an amalgam of instructions for making pillowcase dresses – I’ve nicked all the bits that I think work the most nicely together.  I will eventually combine them into a tutorial.  The new owner of this little dress is a tall girl, so rather than cutting the bottom six or seven inches off the pillowcase and using it to make a self-fabric ruffle, I added some broderie anglaise and ric-rac trim from my stash.  I think it’s worked out beautifully!


6 thoughts on “Waiting for the right pillowcase

  1. I would love to see a tutorial. I made one just last week based on a tutorial in Sew Hip and it looks gastly, and it wasn’t my sewing. It’s such a waste of a good pillowcase.

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