(That’s why I included a ton of pictures.) Unfold the dress (guess we can stop calling it a tube now) and line the 1.5″ x 30″ piece along one armhole, right side of the strip to wrong side of the dress (dress is still inside out at this point). Fold the top of the front and back 1/4″ and then again 5/8″ and press with an iron to form a casing with no raw edges.Fold down the top of the strip about 3/8″ and meet the top of the fold with the top of the dress. I tried pinning this, but it’s really much easier if you just freehand it. Stitch along the bottom fold, similar to what you did for the bottom hem.If you are using a pillowcase, cut it off, leaving the hemmed end, based on these measurements: 6 months -14 1/4″ 12 months – 16 1/4″ 18 months – 17 1/4″ 2T 18 1/4″ 3T 19 1/4″ 4T 20 1/4″ If you are staring with a yard of fabric, cut it to the length specified above, and a width of 28″ for 6 months, up to 33″ for 4T (adding one inch in width for each size up).This, however, can really be based on your own judgement, depending on how wide you want/need the dress to be on the girl.Now, pillowcase dress tutorials are not hard to find online. Luckily, I printed out the tutorial long ago and it’s still readable.So I’m going to just type out the tutorial below based pretty closely on what I printed off from Andersons If anyone from this website reads this, please contact me!
I finally had a little girl and she does wear pillowcase dresses! When I was pregnant it seemed like EVERYONE was having a boy, but after I had Kendall it seemed like the world is full of little girls. Out of seven regular members, only 2 of us have boys.
I updated this tutorial with instructions on how to make this dress with bias tape for the armholes and a couple other cute embellishments. And even as we’ve started to add new members to the mix, it seems like they ALL have girls.
I’m not trying to rip you off, and would LOVE to give credit.
It was such an easy, helpful tutorial that I think it needs to be accessible again. I always start with a yard of fabric and have never actually used a real pillowcase for one, but you can do it either way.
So as birthday season approached this year (there was a stretch of 4 months where I swear we had at least 2 birthdays to attend each month), I had to get a little creative about what to give for birthday gifts, and after seeing so many pictures of adorable little girls wearing stylish pillowcase dresses, I set my mind on figuring out how to make them. I looked high and low for the easiest one I could find. A few months ago a friend asked for a link to the tutorial, and when I went to send it to her I noticed the link was dead.
They sell on sites like Etsy for $25+, but you can make one with less than a yard of fabric and a couple yards of grosgrain ribbon. It hasn’t come back up since, and Andersons Place appears to be blank.