I really wanted to sew something special for my nieces...something to help them remember their summer with us. It had to be easy and quick, because each day was packed with adventures. I made these vintage pillow case summer dresses in one evening after everyone was tucked in. The girls were thrilled and I knew the perfect location for the photo shoot! Just down the road is a huge meadow filled with Queen Ann's lace. It was totally ethereal at sunset...the girls felt like fairies in their own field of flowers.
Materials for one dress (fits 6-10 year old):
-vintage pillow case (cases with detailing or lace on the open side lend interest to hemline)
-twill tape or grosgrain ribbon
1. Cut neckline: pillow case's opening becomes dress bottom.... cut along the closed seam at top, to open for neckline.
2. Cut armholes: lay pillow case flat and mark measurement with a pencil for a diagonal cut. First mark 2 inches from side seam towards the neckline on both sides. Next mark 3 inches from top of side seam down each side. Use a ruler to connect your marks on both sides and cut out triangles.
3. Fold over armhole's raw edge 2x. Pin. Sew.
4. Fold over neckline 2x (creating a channel wide enough for ribbon). Pin and sew.
5. Feed ribbon through front and back neckline and adjust to fit on child. Sew ends of ribbon together, cut excess and pull into the channel (no ribbon ends visible). Gather.
6. Depending on the style of pillow case and size of child, you may want to add slits on the bottom sides, as I did.
These are very simple summer shifts. Light and breezy. Let me know if you give it a try or if you have any questions.