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    Pillow Case Dresses

    Who makes these?

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    Never heard of them.

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    there was a lady on Nancys corner that does pillow caes dresses to go to different countries check sewing with Nancy web site you will see a lot of them

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    I don't make them but they are so cute! I'd love to learn how.

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    I just got some fabric to make some - there are patterns on line but the patterns were on sale for $1.99 so I got one because it had some extra pieces, like pants and crop top. If anyone has any hints I'd appreciate them.

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    Stitchnripper: Do you use bias tape for the arm holes and shoulder ties?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    Stitchnripper: Do you use bias tape for the arm holes and shoulder ties?
    I don't plan on it so far. I think I'm just going to turn them under and meet at underarms. That's how they showed it online. I've made a doll dress this way. I want to be able to run the ribbon through the front and back casing and draw up and adjust and tie on the shoulders.

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    I printed a pattern for these dresses yesterday. Go to fabshophop.com and there is a great pattern there under Make a Pretty Pillowcase dress. I'm dying to try making one.

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    We (a church group here) made some to send to a mission group in Poland.

    I found a Simplicity pattern that uses the vintage embroidered pillowcases.
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    I made some for my granddaughter a couple years ago...
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    Nancy's Notions has these directions for the dresses for Africa...you can also mail them there to be sent off to Africa

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pd...ca_pattern.pdf

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    I have made a couple for a mission trip. They are very simple to do. There are numerous instructions on the net.

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    I sure wish I knew about these when my two girls were growing up. They would have had a ton of them for summer.
    I saw at WalMart last Friday they carry fabric with elastic on it for sundresses. Those would be alot nicer for good wear. I didn't look at the price, Great Granddaughters could wear something like that but, Mommy likes expensive clothes for them.
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    I've made many with my sister's church group. Using the Nancy's Notions pattern I make a wider casing in the top front and back to use 1/2" elastic instead of 1/4", so I make the armholes 1/2" longer to allow for the wider casing fold down. Some pillowcases can be too sheer so I have been using stash to make the hot dog pillowcases, then turning them into dresses. A simple pocket is very useful. I also make dresses for girls/women with larger waists or hips by using 2 larger rectangles of fabric seamed together rather than the regular width of fabric pattern. Nice sheets and curtains can also be used to to make the dresses. The dresses are fun and very easy to make. We sent them to Little Dresses for Africa. There's a similar group- Dress a Girl Around the World. Both organizations send dresses here and abroad- wherever they are needed. Google "Pillowcase Dress" and you'll find many patterns, video tutes, and lots of inspiration. Have fun!

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    VickiW- Those dresses are beautiful!

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    Sorry- I meant aorlflood's dresses. I wasn't careful when I scrolled up to see the pictures!

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    I have made them. I use fabrics with boarder prints on them. Very easy to do. Little Dresses for Africa, good cause.
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    Little dresses for Africa also wants boys shorts from any pattern. We are doing this at the next guild meeting. I didn't like the idea of elastic in the front and back of the dress. I thought the shoulder ties should go thru the front and back casing and they could shir it on as tight as they wanted it. I like the idea of a bottom ruffle. What if the elastic stretches out? Providing they last that long.
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    http://www.about.com/how to sew a pillow case dress.

    Sorry i tried to link it but it did not go. I had saved this to my favorites just yesterday.
    They had some goo d hints on there especially if you don't have the little one there to measure.

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    I make dozens a month for our group at church. We do them for dressagirlaroundtheworld.org and send them out to missionaries via people hand carrying them when they travel or whenever a church is sending out a group to do some missionary work. This past summer a priest who has 5 churches in Africa asked us to send him 300 dresses and at least 100 britches ( these are made from t-shirts). The instructions for both the dresses and britches can be found on their web site. I guess this is why I don't do as much quilting as I like. They are easy to make along with being fun too!

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    I make these. I have sent 50 to Nigeria and 50 to South America and now working on 50 more for Puerto Rico. Easy to make.
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    Yes, I use bias tape and it works really well. I try as best I can to coordinate the colors. I also put a pocket on the little dress and use part of the bias tape as the very top of the pocket.
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    Our circle at church is making these for an Orphanage we support in Haiti. So far I have made about thirty and have pillow cases for about 20 more. They are adorable especially with pillowcase with embroidery on it. I do use bias tape for the armholes not knowing what kind of washing will be done, I think it will last longer. Just be careful they are habit forming.

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    Let us know how they turn out (picture please) I was thinking of these for the grands!~
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    I love to make them.
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