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How to Make Girls' Dresses

How to Make Girls' Dresses

How to Make Girls' Dresses. Making girls' dresses is easier than you might think. It can even be done without a pattern. This adaptable, self-drafted pattern for a girl's dress will work well for sizes from toddler to pre-teen, and it requires only a few very basic measurements. You can make one from a pillowcase for a younger child, or from fabric...

Making girls' dresses is easier than you might think. It can even be done without a pattern. This adaptable, self-drafted pattern for a girl's dress will work well for sizes from toddler to pre-teen, and it requires only a few very basic measurements. You can make one from a pillowcase for a younger child, or from fabric yardage for an older girl.
Things You'll Need
Pillowcase
1-inch wide coordinating ribbon
1 package coordinating bias tape (less than 1 yard required)
Safety pin
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Scissors
Iron and ironing board
Determine how long you want your girl's dress to be. If you are using a pillowcase, the existing hem can be used as the dress hem. Allow approximately 4 inches for a deep hem if working with fabric yardage. The top of the dress should sit just below the collarbone; however, allow a 1 1/2-inch allowance for the casing at the top.
Cut the top seamed end off of your pillowcase at the desired length; remember to leave a 1 1/2-inch allowance for the casing at the top.
With your pillowcase lying flat on the table, cut armhole curves into the fabric using a shirt or dress your child already owns as a guide. The armholes should be cut at the top corners of the pillowcase in a J shape, coming down approximately 3 to 4 inches from the top of the cut fabric, so that when you open up the pillowcase and look at it from the sides, your armholes will form two U shapes at the top.
Stitch bias binding to the armholes from top front to top back, right sides together. Fold over and press, then topstitch, finishing the armholes with the bias binding.
Press the top edge under 1/4 inch, then 1 1/4 inch on the front of the pillowcase dress. Topstitch into place 1/8 inch from the casing edge. Repeat for the back of your girl's dress.
Thread the ribbon through the casings, front and back. Tie at each shoulder. You may want to tack the bows into place with a needle and thread to make them more secure.
Tips & Warnings
This project is a great way to enjoy and show off embroidered vintage pillowcases.
You can also make nightgowns from old pillowcases.
Add elastic to the casing, if desired, for a more secure fit.

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