Okay, I love pillowcase dresses! I also love to dress my little girl up for holidays. Not just on the holiday, the WHOLE month! So with it being almost half way through October… where did the time go? I really had to whip this dress up fast so my little one could wear it for the next 19 days straight!
Here’s the problem. In my haste I didn’t check which order the colors were supposed to be in. I didn’t really give it much thought because it looked like a candy corn to me. You can only imagine my devastation when I realized I had mixed up the orange and yellow! The sadness!
My daughter does look so cute in it so all is not lost. But if you make this please learn from my mistake! The color pattern is white ORANGE yellow. Am I the only one on this planet who didn’t know this? I feel all alone in my ignorance!
Moving on… I’m over it now. Whew!
To get my length measurement for this dress I got a dress out of little one’s closet that fits her perfectly.
From top to bottom the dress was 16″ I added about 3 1/2″ to this measurement to account for the seams, top casing and hem.
My final length measurement was 19 1/2.
Divide that by 3 and you get 6 1/2″ for each strip
For the width I measured around her chest and doubled it.
My final width measurement was 34″.
I cut my entire strip of fabric to 6 1/2″ wide (top to bottom).
Then I cut the length to 34″.
I did this to all 3 colors.
I put my yellow and orange fabric right sides together.
I sewed them together with 1/4 seam.
Then I sewed the white strip to the yellow fabric. Oh how I wish I could go back in time and switch that around!
I cut my fabric in half so that the dress would have two side seams.
You could cut each strip in half from the start but I thought it might save time doing it after they were sewn.
Now to cut the arm holes. This is easy! Don’t be scared. The only thing that matters is that they are all the same.
First measure an armhole from a shirt that fits your child well. My daughter’s was 4″ long from seam to seam. I added 1″ to this to account for the top casing.
With right sides facing out use your vanishing marker to draw a J on one top corner of your fabric.
Use the measurement of the armhole you measured plus at least an inch.
So whatever your child’s armhole measurement was add an inch and make your “J” that long.
Your fabric pieces should be layered on top of each other with wrong sides touching. Use the “J” that you drew as your pattern to cut through both layers of fabric.
Sorry for the extra line there to confuse you, I cut the line that goes straight up.
After your “J” shape is cut out use it as a pattern for the other side.
So fold both fabric layers over and trace the “J” shape on the other side so they are identical.
Now you should have a little arm hole on each side of both of your pieces of fabric. In the picture above the right side has bias tape on it already. In case you were wondering why they look different.
Open up the bias tape and place the raw edge of your “J” in the tape like a taco. Pin it in place
Sew as close to the edge of the bias tape as possible.
Do this to all four top corners (armholes).
Time to sew the pieces together!
Put your fabric right sides together. Match the arm openings up and pin in place.
Start sewing right over the bias tape. It is a little thick, so go slow. Make sure to backstitch. Sew the sides completely together.
Do this to both sides.
Now we need to hem the bottom.
Do a 1/4″ double fold around the entire bottom and pin in place.
I used white (Snow) Thread, I like to be able to see the stitching.
Okay, now all we have left is the top!
Do a double fold for your casing. Leave enough room for your 3/8″ elastic to go through. Pin in place and sew. Do this to both sides.
Put the dress aside for a minute while we cut our ribbon and elastic.
Measure your child’s chest length across. Take 1/2″ away from that measurement and cut 2 pieces of elastic to that length.
Cut 4 pieces of 3/8″ Grosgrain ribbon to at least 12″ each. Seal the ends with your preferred method.
Sew a ribbon to each side of your elastic.
Put one end of your ribbon in the slot of the Easy Turner Tool. Push The easy turner through your casing until you have your ribbon all the way through. You can also use a safety pin.
Sew the elastic down right at the edge of the casing. This way only the ribbon is seen coming out of the casing and not the elastic.
Stretch the elastic to the other end of the casing and sew it in place at the edge as well.
Repeat to the other side.
Now the ribbon will be able to be tied over the shoulder.
I love how it stretches! I plan on having her wear this as a top next year as well!
Option: You do not have to use elastic. You can make the whole thing ribbon. If you choose to do it this way don’t sew the ribbon down at the edge of the casing. Make it extra long so you can tighten it and tie it in a knot (and bow) each time your child wears it.
That’s it! Done!
Unless you want to make a matching bow!
I made a quick and easy scrap fabric bow.
Left over scraps
This is how a barrette comes. To tie the scrap fabric to the barrette you need to take out that little tension bar inside.
Now that you have that out cut some scraps to about 3/8″.
That’s the size I did. You could do any size you wanted!
Tie your fabric scrap in a double knot around the barrette with the knot on top.
Continue this process until the barrette is covered.
Then put the tension bar back in.
I Love to play dress up with my little girl!! I’ll do it any chance I get for as long as she’ll let me!
I hope you give this a try! If you don’t want to do the Candy Corn Dress just use one piece of fabric. How easy would that be!?