Monday, March 21, 2011

Summer Pillowcase-Styled Dress With Ruffled Neckline Tutorial

Today, I will be sharing with you a tutorial for a pillowcase-styled dress with a ruffled neckline.I made one for my daughter's friend's birthday along with this pouch. You can see one in my Etsy shop as a sold item. Though I am planning to make more of them for my shop ^^)

You see, it's basically a pillowcase dress but I find it easier to put it on and take it off my daughter with the ruffled and elasticized neckline. Plus the neckline is further gathered so it has room to grow with your child: from dress to tunic to top!

For this one, I added a cute pocket on one side of the dress and a matching hair accesory.

I made this one for my daughter last summer (2010):

Last year, I made one as a birthday gift for one of my daughter's friend and classmate. 

With a matching brooch and hair accesory, of course!

Well, I made one a few weeks ago as a birthday present for my daughter's friend. I made quite a few handmade gifts for her and one of them is this dress with two matching hair accesories.

This dress is so easy to make! You could create one in less than an hour! *that's if you don't have a toddler clinging on your legs! ^^)

You will need:

1 rectangular pc. for ruffled neckline 32" x 6"
2 rectangular pieces for wide band as hem, 23" x 6"
1 elastic 22"-23" x 0.5"
bias tape 42" x 1"
2 dress (see sizing below)

*not the actual pattern

Get one of your dress piece and sew on any embellishment you want to use (optional). Here, I used a lace and ricrac ribbon.

I then added a satin ribbon bow on it.

Get one of your hem piece, fold it crosswise wrong sides together. Get one of your dress piece and lay it on top of your hem piece, right sides together. Sew them together with a straight stitch leaving a 1/4 seam from the edge.

After the straight stitch, sew a zigzag stitch or serge so your edges won't fray.

Lay your dress+hem piece wrong side down and trace a continuing line from your dress to your hem (remember, this is an A-line dress). Cut the excess fabric using your traced line as basis.

Topstitch to strengthen your stitches. Do the same to your other (and remaining) dress and hem pieces.

Now, we need to line our armholes. You should be using a bias tape here or make your own. But I didn't have enough extra fabric to create the bias so I just used a rectangular piece, folded it as if I am making my own bias tape. Get one of your dress piece, lay it right side facing down, your bias tape right side facing down. Line both edges together and sew a straight stitch leaving a 1/4 seam from the edge. Follow the contour of your armhole.

You could see the straight stitch we just did, right? That way, you are sure to have all layers sewn! Fold your bias tape and sew on top of it. Do the same to all of your armholes.

Get your dress pieces, lay them together wrong sides together and sew a straight stitch leaving a 1/8 seam from the edge. Turn it, and sew another straight stitch, creating a french hem! For a detailed photo and instructions on how to create a french hem, click here. Do the same to the other side of your dress.

Get your neckline piece and attach them using a french hem, or you could just sew a straight stitch then zigzag or serge. Whichever floats your boat ^^)

Fold your piece crosswise, wrong sides together and sew a straight stitch leaving a 1/4" seam from the folded edge.

Get your dress and from the top, draw a line (center) and from the center draw two more lines 1/2" apart from each other on either side from the center.

Using the lines as basis, sew a straight stitch 2" long from the top so you'll have what's shown above. 

You could also opt to just gather that part. To see how to gather, click here. Do not gather the entire top part though, just 4"-5" on your dress piece (center).

Attach your neckline piece to your dress leaving enough fabric to fold under so you can insert your elastic later on. Fold down twice your ruffled neckline piece, first 1/4" and the second 1/2". 

Sew a straight stitch leaving 1" unsewn so you can insert your elastic band. Of course, do not forget backtracks!

So, you'll have something like this.

Insert your elastic through the unsewn part with the help of a pin or paper clip, attach both ends of your elastic with a zigzag stitch. And close the unsewn part of your neckline with a straight stitch.

Now, you have your dress!

Easy-peasy, right?

I hope you liked today's tutorial! I would also show you on a later post how I created the hair clip!

Make your own dress now and do not forget to share it here so everybody can see it! Have a crafty day, everyone!

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Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

Very cute. I have "Pillow Case dress" on my To-Attempt list on my blog... but this looks cuter! I've linked you up :)

Engagement rings design your own said...

Cute one.I love the way you have shared it.Thanks...

Natalie said...

Love this spin on the pillow case dress! Super cute! I will definately have to make a few with the ruffled neck line! Thanks for sharing!

Andrea said...

This looks like something I could make! :)

JamieS said...

I may have to try this one next! Thanks for the tutorial!

.Amelia.Bedelia. said...

This is adorable! Fabulous job!


.Amelia.Bedelia. said...

Absolutely adorable! I love your fabric combinations!
~ Amy

Kelsey@inspirationthief said...

This is a cute project. I only have a baby boy but my niece would look darling in this.

Kelly said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I may just Try this!!!!! I love this! I'd love if you linked this up to my very fist link party!

Andrea @ said...

Very sweet dress!

Made By Gen said...

Oh it is cute. Happy Thrifty Thursday. already a follower. Also i want to invite you to my giveaway...

Abby said...

Super cute! I've not seen one made like that before, I really like the neck.

Rebecca said...

These are so cute! Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to try it. =]

Hanna said...

These are adorable!! NOw all I need is a sewing machine:) Thank you so much for sharing this and for linking up to the handamde hog:)

xoxoxo Hanna

Melissa said...

Great blog, great dresses, great accessories. You make it sound so easy. Thanks for posting! I would love to make these. It's going in my Favorites.

Sharon said...

I love this dress! I am going to make my little girl a couple of these!! Thanks for sharing!

Lauren @ 31diy said...

Very pretty dress!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

So cute! I really wanna try these out sometime! Love the fabric you chose!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!! :)

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

That is an adorable little dress! Great tutorial!

Thanks for sharing this post at For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars. This week's party is now posted. I'd love to have you share with us again this week!

Sharon S said...

I just love it!!!!!!! How would I make this in a size 3T? I'm a new sewer and not sure how to adjust a pattern.

To Sew With Love said...

Hi, Sharon S. I could not reply to you as I could not find your contact details (email) please shoot me an email with your email address and I will be more than happy to help ^^)


Sharon S said...

I've have sent you an email. Again thankyou for responding.

Sharon S said...

I can't get enough of this! I've have made 2 dresses since getting the size info from you. I wasn't quite sure how to attach the ruffled neckline at first, but my 2 different methods worked for me. One of the dresses is fully lined, eliminating having to use bias tape(I hate bias tape). I have also made 2 skirts from your 15 min. skirt tut. Just love it!!! Thank you sooo much!!

Sheri said...

Love this twist on the pillowcase dress. I have 3 dresses to do by the 4th of July and needed more ideas to create a different look for each one.
You stated to add straps however, from the photo I don't see; also, I've wondering how to attach a ruffle around the front of a pillow case dress; now I know?


To Sew With Love said...

You could add straps by using the bias tape, Sheri. I did it with this dress:



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