|Pattern Description: No pattern used. I'm listing this as "drafted from RTW" (even though pillowcases are not exactly ready to wear) because I based mine on measurements from ready-made pillowcases I had.|
Pattern Sizing: The pillowcase I measured was about 20" x 29" finished. These are slightly larger.
Were the instructions easy to follow? N/A. This is what I did:
- I cut pieces a generous 30" wide by the width of the fabric (which was slightly less than 45").
- I folded them in half and sewed them wrong sides together along the selvedge edge. The selvedges seemed to lie flat even after I'd washed the fabric, so I just left them on as the seam finish there, and pressed that seam open flat.
- I sewed one of the remaining edges closed and then used 4-thread serging to finish it.
- Then I turned each one right side out to do the hems. I made two different types: two with two rows of a wider lace (which I wanted to use up), and three with two different laces (which I had lots of).
- The wider edging lace was about 2 1/4" wide. I pressed up a 2" hem allowance and then pressed the raw edge under 3/8". I machine-stitched this hem, then sewed one row of lace onto the outside of the pillowcase right at the edge, and another row right over the hem stitching line. This lace had leaf motifs, and fortunately I was able to get them to fit so that I didn't have to cut any of the leaves down the middle at the ends of the lace. I hand-joined the two cut ends of the lace. After two pillowcases of this kind, I ran out of the wider lace, so....
- For the other three, my edging lace was about 1 3/8" wide. This time I pressed up a 1" hem allowance and then pressed the raw edge under a scant 3/8". I machine stitched the hem as before and sewed this lace on right at the edge, on the right side. I joined the ends of this lace by overlapping them on the machine, because the pattern was denser which made it easier to do. Finally, to cover the hem stitching, I sewed on a different, narrower lace. I had some trouble getting this to feed straight, so I ended up trying some different feet and settled on an open toe foot, which worked well.
- Then everything got a final press.
What did you particularly like... I used up this fabric and the wider lace, and more pillowcases will come in handy.
or dislike about the pattern? Nothing.
Fabric Used: Cotton sateen that came from G Street Fabrics, um, probably more than 10 years ago. This is a noticeably heavier weight than I think is normally used for pillowcases, so I'll see how it does.
All of the laces I used are probably of the rayon blend, machine-made venise/guipure/chemical type. I was given the two narrower ones in school. The narrowest one evidently comes from Touch of Lace, the middle one from Hamilton Embroidery, and the widest one, IIRC, was probably bought from Farmhouse Fabrics (NAYY and I haven't personally dealt with the first two).
Would you sew it again? Maybe, but I think I have enough for now.
Would you recommend it to others? Possibly, if you have a particular reason to. This is one of those things where it might not be worth the effort -- and I suspect most of the really nice high-thread-count cottons get made into bedding long before home-sewers get a shot at them.
Anyway, these aren't hard to make. Hint to beginners: while it is more work to add lace, it can also disguise less-than-perfect pressing or stitching to some extent (especially if it's a soft, flexible lace). I imagine there are lots of tutorials and different techniques out there as to whether you do the hem or sew the side seam first, add trims, do hemstitching or tucks, etc., but I just looked at pillowcases I had and went from there.