Pin to the area of the dress that comes to a point and sew. Because pillowcases only come in certain lengths, this method may not be suitable for dresses for larger children. Sewing on a knit t-shirt, is pretty easy compared to most materials, just make sure you take into account the shirt will stretch when pinning on embellishments. This is really wonderful and easy to go by.
Cut the pillowcase according to that measurement. Start from the open part of the pillowcase and measure up towards the top seam. Cut horizontally across the pillowcase when you get to the length you want. This cut part will become the top part of the dress. Fold the pillowcase in half vertically. You should end up with a long, skinny, rectangle. This will allow you to cut two identical armholes at the same time. Cut a J-shaped armhole into the top of the pillowcase.
The top of the J should be aligned with the top of the pillowcase. Be sure to cut through all layers of fabric at the same time. This will make everything even. Here are some measurements to guide you: For a medium child, make the armhole 2 inches wide and 4 inches tall 5.
For a large child, make the armhole 3 inches wide and 6 inches tall 7. Pin some single-fold bias tape around the edge of each armhole. Open up the fold in the tape, and line up the edge with the edge of the fabric. Make sure that the right sides of the tape and pillowcase are facing each other. Pin everything in place. You will be flipping the seam tape over, into the pillowcase after you sew it down. Stitch the bias tape down. Use the fold in the tape as a guide. Knot the ends of the threads and snip them off.
Don't forget to remove the pins. Flip the bias tape inside the pillowcase and topstitch it down. Press it with an iron first, then sew it down. Try to sew as close as possible to the edge of the bias tape. Now you will have a clean edge inside the pillowcase. Use a thread color that matches the pillow. If your pillow has a pattern on it, use a thread color that matches the base of the pillow, instead of the designs.
Fold the top part of the pillowcase twice to make a casing for the ribbon. Press the seam with an iron. Sew the two hems down. Try to sew as close to the bottom edge as possible. Thread a long piece of ribbon through each casing. Slip a safety pin through the end of a ribbon, and use it to guide the ribbon through the front casing. Repeat the process with a second ribbon through the back casing.
Take off the safety pin when you are done. Go over the dress when you are done and check for loose threads. If you find any, tie them off into a tight knot, then snip off the excess. Put the dress on the child and tie the ribbons into bows. Take the two ribbons on the left side and tie them into a bow above the left shoulder. Repeat the process with the ribbons on the right side. You may have to scrunch the front and back of the dress to get it to fit across your child's chest and back. This dress combines a pillowcase and a tank top to make a cute, jumper-like dress.
The key to making this dress fit properly is to use a tank top that is already somewhat loose on your child. If you use a tank top that must stretch a lot in order to fit your child, the dress may end up too tight; the skirt part won't stretch. Here is a list of what you will need: Find a suitable tank top and pillowcase. The tank top should fit your child well, but still be just a little on the loose side.
Keep in mind that the skirt part of the dress will not stretch, so if the tank top is already tight on your child, the dress will end up too small. Try using a solid-colored tank top and a pillowcase with a pattern on it. This will be the most pleasing to the eye. Patterns on both the tank top and the pillowcase may clash or make the dress appear too busy. And if you have others to suggest feel free to add them in the comments.
Especially the one with the splash of color ruffle downt he middle. Do you have a store to sell any of these? I am a total novice with my sewing machine and would rather pay for one then spend hours trying to figure it out. We do have a shop, but no ready-mades are in it yet. Maybe some day… Thanks for the compliment! Thanks for sharing my tutorial! I hope people find it helpful. Thanks for taking on this cause too. Ease the ruffles around the bottom on the T-shirt.
Stitch the ends together. Sew the ruffled edge to the T-shirt. Pull out the running stitch. Repeat with each different color until there are three tiers of ruffles. The T-shirt is now a dress and also the prototype for the project. Calculate the cost of the T-shirt and other materials. Calculate how long it took to make the shirt.
Assign a per-hour labor cost and add that to the material cost. This is cost per item. Multiply that number by 2.
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