DIY "Pillowcase" Dress – Part 2: with Bias Tape


I had a few hours yesterday (I know, lucky, right?) so I made Miss Quinn a quick little dress using Jaime’s “Pillowcase” Dress tutorial. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long! It was so fast and fun and I love the finished frock!

I made a few tweaks. Click here to get the scoop on my DIY “Pillowcase” Dress.
I only had 1/2 yard of this adorable Kokka Jolis Copains Owls Blue so my dimensions were 20″ wide by 16″ tall and my neck width was 10″. This fit Quinn (14 months) as a short dress and Clare (3T) as a long top.  To maximize the length of my dress, I finished the bottom with 1/2″ double-fold bias tape that I made from Joel Dewberry Flower Fields Lake with my new bias tape maker from Simplicity. If you need a refresher on making bias tape, see Jaime’s excellent Bias Tape Tutorial. I used the same bias tape as my tie at the top.

Clare was very sad that I made Quinn a an owl dress, I need to grab more of this fabric before it’s gone!

I love how the patterned bias tape gives it an unmistakable handmade look. If you haven’t tried The “Pillowcase” Dress Tutorial or if you’re a little afraid to make your first dress, try this! It’s awesome!

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Hayley

I made one for my dd a week ago…but it was too small, lol.

Where you put 'click here' to get the scoop on my pillowcase dress…..I can't click anywhere. 🙂

Hayley

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RoseMamie

I've been making these for months using Jaime's pattern…so easy and quick and so adorable!! I love that owl print, I have been looking for just the right owls to make bibs and burp cloths from for a baby gift and that one just might fit the bill!

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Jaime

the colors on this dress are so amazing, i want that joel dewberry it's gorgeous! i love using bias tape to not lose the length, i cant believe you got a whole dress out of the half yard with the fabric positioned the same direction on both sides!

PS That first picture made my heart skip a beat…that gorgeous new dress and white carpet and Quinn holding a RED PEN!!

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Dakota

aww this is so cute.
i do keep going back and looking at that pattern
but i don't like using bias tape.
i dont know why i find it so confusing.
especially in arm holes

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Jacinda

RED PEN! HA! We like to live dangerously here at Chateau Boneau. I must confess that I tried to swap it for a color that coordinated with my photo and she screamed!!!

Dakota! Don't fear the Bias Tape. Bias Tape is your friend!

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Ashley

Your girls are gorgeous! They are going to be little heartbreakers when they grown up!

Can't wait to give this dress a try! Thanks!

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heather

so flippin' adorable! this is the problem…when i see things like this, i am SURE i need to learn to sew!! 🙂

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Kristi B

Love your blog! Borrowed an image from this tutorial to give you ladies a shout out on my latest post! Keep up the awesome work!

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Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life

Very cute. I've been wanting to try making a pillowcase dress for my littlest one for the longest time, but she's just now starting to take her 1st steps. Hopefully she'll be walking more soon and ready for a dress (because dresses and crawling make for a lot of frustration.)

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KatRou

I love this pattern but before actualy sewing it I was wondering if head goes smoothly through the armpits of the dress! thank you! 🙂

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Marilyn

I’m trying to find the tutorial for the pillowcase dress and none of the links are bringing me to the tutorial. Has it been removed? When I click on it, it takes me to the page for Scarlet’s school wardrobe but no tutorial. 🙁

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