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|No Pattern Used: 2013-7 (Pillowcase dresses - modified) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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|Pattern Description: Modification of pillowcase dress for girls.|
Pattern Sizing: Various sizes
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely easy. I have modified this from the basic directions given on Nancy's Notions website and numerous websites and have written several reviews on this type of dresses. The last modification was made because our church sewing group was making dresses to send to the Philippines and Guatamala and a new member of the group wanted to make some but did not have a serger and also did not want to make binding for the armholes. This latest version allowed her to finish the armholes and she zigzagged the side seams.
The dresses pictured were made with a serger and SM. I cut the fabric crosswise the length desired for the dress plus two inches for the casing and one inch for the hem. This can be adjusted according to the desired length as well as whether you want to turn under 1/4 inch and then 3/4 inches for the casing or some other measurement. If you want to add a border, you can take this into account.
The good thing about this dress is that it is the width of the fabric for all sizes and only the length changes from a size 2 to a size 12.
Before, I bound the armholes but this new method serves the same purpose and goes so much faster.
Anyway, back to the basic directions. For a finished length of around 19 inches (size 2), I fold the fabric lengthwise and cut a 22 inch piece of fabric and two 3-4 inch long strips the width of the fabric (3 x 44") to use for the ties. I then serge all edges of the two rectangles. ( If you don't have a serger, you can sew the side seams and then finish them and then turn up the hem and turn down the top casing either 1/4" or the desired amount, folding twice to enclose the raw edges.)
For the smaller sizes, I mark about 6 inches plus amount of fabric allowed for casing (6 inches + 1/4" + 3/4") and sew from that mark to the bottom of the dress on both sides. Press seam open. Then fold the armhole seam from where you started sewing up to the top, bringing the fabric over about one inch (forms a long, narrow triangle). If you don't have a serger, you can turn under the edge and then fold. Stitch from the top edge along the finished edge to just below where your seam starts and back up the other side. You have now enclosed each side of the armhole edge. Turn under casing and stitch along bottom edge.
Fold each tie in half lengthwise, then fold one long edge toward the center fold line and press. Bring other long edge to middle and press, then fold both long ends toward center, completely enclosing raw edges and forming a strip about 44 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide (you can adjust to 1-1/4 inches for narrower ties). Cut ties to about 38 inches long. Fold raw edges down about 1/2 inch and form a small tuck in middle and bring side edges together to enclose ends and stitch along non-folded edge. Insert ties into casing so that an equal amount of tie extends from each end of casing. Mark middle of dress casing and stitch tie to dress through all layers to hold tie in place. Hem dress. Hold front and back of dress together where you tacked down tie in middle and pull to form gathers. Repeat for other side so gathers are about 6 inches across top. Tie together at shoulders.
This dress can have a t-shirt underneath for layering. It is the same width of all sizes so as the girl grows, the gathers can be loosened. When she outgrows it, it will become a top.
The dresses are all about 44 inches around except for the turquoise ones. My fabric was 60 inches so I followed the same directions but made the dresses fuller.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is so quick and easy. Smaller pieces of fabric can be used by sewing pieces together to form bands along the bottom, etc. The dress can be embellished with ribbon, buttons, pockets, contrasting fabric. It can be worn as a sundress or jumper. The armhole can be adjusted for larger sizes.
Fabric Used: Remnants of cotton fabrics in my stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As noted above.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have probably made over 100 of these dresses. Our church sends them with members so go to Guatamala to help in the Nutrition Center. We are building an orphanage in Haiti so they will be going there was well. Two college students are traveling to the Philippines in a couple weeks and taking a suitcase of these for the school a couple from our church teaches at. They are very versatile.
Conclusion: This is a really quick, easy dress that can be made in large numbers as a charity project. Good stash buster.
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