When Vanessa first contacted me about her Dress a Girl Around the World sew along, I was so excited to participate. What a great charity-and browsing through the website made me so excited to sew up a dress (or two or three!) for a darling little girl somewhere!
So here’s my take on a pillowcase dress-with a pleated trim and sash.
Sadie’s best little friend Rayne was kind enough to model it for some pics, and doesn’t she look so cute?
Alright, so let’s get to the pleated detail on the bottom of this pillowcase dress!
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First I cut two strips selvage to selvage, 6″ wide. I then sewed the short ends right sides together.
(I used my serger but obvs a sewing machine would do the job)
I then pressed the seams, and the whole band. Then I folded it in half lengthwise, with wrong sides in.
Starting at one of the seams, I used a ruler and marker to make a mark every 1 inch. I went about 12 inches at a time.
Then you make your pleats by bringing two of the marks together, pressing, and pinning. Like so!
Continue doing that…then when I got to the other seam I checked out how it was measuring up to my pillowcase. (which was 19″ across the bottom) It was matching up pretty well, so I kept going with that size of pleats.
I adjusted the size of the pleats here and there a bit to hide the side seams and make it fit the pillowcase…it’s not too noticeable I hope!
Once I finished I checked-perfect fit! Well, almost perfect. The pleats were a little wider than the pillowcase but I was able to ease it in while sewing.
Next, sew a basting stitch along the top where your pins are.
Then pin it to your pillowcase, right sides together of course, and sew that together! Finish that seam by serging or zig zag stitch.