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"
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!
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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