Friday, June 25, 2010



It has become apparent to me that one can make an entire wardrobe for a baby or toddler from vintage and mismatched pillowcases alone.

Yesterday I found this pretty pillowcase at a local discount store for $1.97 and was inspired to make it into a little dress for Poppy.  As most of you may already know, I am a novice sewer who becomes easily frustrated when doing so, but felt up to the task for some reason. 

I decided to make it as no-fuss as I possible and cut out a back and front in a simple A-line shape, sewed it up, needed only to finish the top edges as the bottom was already finished, and even had enough patience to spare to add a little wiggly embellishment along the hemline and top seams.  I then threaded a piece of bias tape through the top for an asymmetrical bow to hold it all together.

I must admit I am quite taken with this little dress {not to mention Poppy's first little ponytail} and have 4 more lined up with similar destinies, though I may tweak these a little with some more official instructions from the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule.



go gently & be wonderful

e.

9 comments:

  1. Erin,

    I have been making a reversable dress for Lily out of pillow case as well. The 18mths and less size fit on one, and you just need two to make it. The pattern is SO SIMPLE. Cut out the pattern, sew right sides together, turn inside out, and top stitch. Add buttons or snaps. I am very new to sewing as well and I can make them in under 45 minutes! We have one for every occasion and it even looks great over pants.

    The pattern can be purchased from near sea naturals.

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  2. I think I remember seeing a post about that on your blog a while back! I love it, but was a little intimidated by it I think...
    I am off to check it out now :)
    Thanks!
    e.

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  3. have you seen this?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/garden/24cottage.html?pagewanted=1&no_interstitial

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/06/23/garden/20100624-chic-slideshow.html?ref=garden

    definitely made me think of you!

    and i love the little dress! so very sweet!

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  4. OH yay! It looks so fantastic -- I should try to make one of these for G too!

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  5. very cute. i am very fond of this style of dress...as the little ones grow taller, the dress becomes an adorable shirt when worn with little pants!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    alison

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  6. The dress is adorable! Love the stitching at the bottom.
    oh, and you're waaaay ahead of me on the sewing thing. I'm not even sure what "bias tape" is! the sound of it makes me giggle! I have met a few people who are bias, but tape??!!

    Happy creating!

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  7. I'm so happy to have found you again! Poppy looks so sweet and the dress is wonderful!

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  8. yay for sewing for children.

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