9.03.2009

Pillowcase Dress Patterns

Several people have asked me where they can find pillowcase dress patterns online. Here are several tutorials that I like. You choose the one you like the best. :)

1. Here is a traditional pillowcase dress pattern using an actual pillowcase (I often use fabric instead). I followed this pattern to make this dress for Little Dresses for Africa.




2. Here's another pillowcase dress pattern/tutorial. I used these instructions to make my first dress for Indigo. However, since Indi is only two years old, I used fabric rather than a pillowcase for a better fit.




When I first discovered Little Dresses for Africa, I came across this blog post where this crafty mama hosted a Little Dresses for Africa Pillowcase Party. I instantly loved the idea and knew this was something I had to do as well. You have got to check out the amazing dresses that they made! She inspired me to start embellishing my pillowcase dresses.

I was told by the women who started Little Dresses for Africa that the little girls love pockets. So I started adding pockets as well. And let me tell you, the love of pockets must be universal because my daughter loves them, too!




I made these for Little Dresses for Africa:



I made this next one (for Little Dresses) out of a gently used shirt of mine. My daughter called it the "zebra dress".





3. Oliver + S has a free pattern for their "Popover Sundress" which looks similar to a pillowcase dress, but is made with fabric instead. I made this one for my daughter to test out the pattern before my Little Dresses party. I finished it with a blind hem to make it a bit fancier.



I hope you find a pattern that works for you. I'd love to see the photos of your dresses! Happy sewing!





12 comments:

  1. Oh, mmmmmmmm....thank you for this, cuz I am always always looking for new accessible recipes to try! Our old standbyes are stale and those desserts sound incredible! Note how I skip right to the yummy stuff?? LOL The stuffed chicken sounds incredible too!
    :) Greedy Lisa

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  2. oh, you are way to creative!

    The recipes I've got to try but I don't know about the dresses!

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  3. Oh, man.....I needed some new recipes. Thanks for the tips!!!

    Maybe I'll have to learn how to sew...... :)

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  4. Wonderful! I have started making these recently and it's such a nice project and I love thinking about our little recipients. I think, though, that I will have to start making the bias tape to save money so I can afford more fabric!

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  5. Thanks for this post. My son and his wife are adopting from Ethiopia; all the paper work is done and passed in, now they wait for a child. That all should happen between Aug and Nov. So, I am planning to make these dresses for the orphanage when they go pick up the child. It may not be many, but I'm sure it will be appreciated.

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  6. That is wonderful news. I hope the adoption happens with no difficulties and how nice that you will send the dresses. :)

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  7. @ free indeed - congrats on your soon-to-be new grandchild from Ethiopia! how awesome that you are making dresses for the orphanage. i am sure the girls will *love* them!

    @ loves to spin- making bias tape is cheaper and the options are so much more fun! would love to see your creations!

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  8. Here they are!

    http://simplyhomemaking60.blogspot.com/2011/03/little-dresses-for-africa.html

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  9. I love them! They are adorable!

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  10. Little Dresses for Africa is the best organization to partner with. We at Urunji Child-Care Trust have partnered with them and they have not disappointed us. They have helped us give dresses to poor children in Malawi. This is commendable.

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  11. I love that pattern! It would be a pretty dress for my pretty baby girl!

    Gretta Hewson
    Veritable Fishing Southeast Alaska

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