--a pillowcase (bought mine at a yard sale for a quarter - love the lace edging)
--Ribbon or fabric for the tie around the neck and optional band around the bottom
--elastic thread, hand-wound around a bobbin
First cut a strip of fabric and sew it into a tube and turn it right-side out - this you will use as the ties around the neck. Or if you have ribbon, you can skip this step. You can make 2 shorter lengths and tie it at each shoulder or one long length and just tie it on one side. You'll need to finish the ends, or heat-set them if you're using ribbon. Then set that aside.
Next cut the top off of your pillowcase - measure your little girl to see how long you want the dress, and cut off the top amount accordingly. I wanted a longer dress this time - usually I aim for about knee-length, but this was more mid-calf (kind of maxi-dressish). I cut 4-5 inches, but I was using a king-size pillowcase. Then cut armholes in each side as pictured:
Next you can hem the arm hole edges and the top. Or if you're lucky enough to have a serger, just whip them through it on rolled hem and you're done.
Fold down the top of the pillowcase on the front and back according to the width of your ribbon/fabric strip. Sew that into place and thread the ribbon/fabric through it. At this point if you were doing a plain pillowcase dress you'd be done - easy, right?
Mark your first line with dots (can you see them in the picture? - look close) and then sew all the way around until you come back to the beginning.
Then after that you don't have to mark - just use your previous line as a guide. Sew as many lines as you want. I even made a pattern - single, double, single...
Coming off the machine mine looked a little gathered, but not a ton, like this:
Now, I thought the dress was still a little plain so I added a fabric strip to the bottom - you could also just sew on a ribbon or buttons or whatever - get creative. I turned under a strip of fabric and then sewed it directly onto the pillowcase, above the lace detail.
I also added what might be the coolest fabric flower ever - I have a separate post about this flower on my blog HERE and there are more samples I made HERE.
Some recent posts over on SugarBee Craft Edition (click the links to find out more):
I think Mandy IS pretty creative and has some great ideas! Walmart may be cheap, but I don't think their dress would be as cute as that! Thanks for sharing with us today, Mandy.