Today I’m excited to share with you a Pillowcase Dress Pattern that I created for BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog. This little dress would be PERFECT as an Easter dress, as it is quick to sew (I’m always leaving Easter sewing until the last minute) and can be easily customized.
If you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while you may remember that a few years ago I was on a pillowcase dress “kick”. I was stitching them up left and right because they were so easy to sew.
(You can find a bunch of them in the archives, just type “pillowcase” into the search box on the right). It was my “go to” baby gift back in the day when my friends and I were having babies (that’s how you can tell you are getting older, no more baby shower invites *wink*).
Pillowcase Dress Tutorial:
At the time I did the “math” for each pillowcase dress as I made them, depending on who I was making it for and how old they were. When I sat down to make these dresses it occurred to me that a size chart for making pillowcase dresses would be very helpful!
I did the math and created this size chart for you to use when you sew a pillowcase dress. Also, did you know they are called pillowcase dresses because they are many times made from actual pillowcases?? That’s why the width of the fabric is the same for each size of the dress. It’s pretty common for people to make them from embroidered or vintage pillowcases.
Pillowcase Dress Sewing Tips:
If you’re going to make a pillowcase dress I have a few tips for you. I’ve made quite a few over the years and have learned a thing or two.
1- Make sure you secure the ribbon.
Since pillowcase dresses are meant for smaller children you need to secure the ribbon, as it can pose a choking hazard. To do this, after you add the ribbon to the casing, stitch through the casing and the ribbon at the center of the necklines. Also, don’t ever forget that there are ribbons in these dresses.
2- Use Bias Tape to finish the armholes.
My favorite way to finish off the raw edges of the armholes is to use pre-packaged double-fold bias tape. It’s easy to sew with and will save you loads of time while sewing your dresses.
3- Finish the inside seams with a serger or zig-zag stitch.
Make sure you take the time to finish off the side seams of the dress. You can do this with a serger or a zig-zag stitch. You can also sew the side seams with a french seam. To read more about French Seams click here.
Pillowcase Dress Pattern Size Chart:
I’m proud to be going on my 3rd year as a brand ambassador for BERNINA (I sew on a 770QE). As a part of my job as ambassador, I write articles for their website several times a year. This pillowcase dress tutorial kicks off my first article of 2016!!