These little pillowcase dresses are just so quick to make!!! Last time, I used pre-loved pillowcases and a strip of curtain material. This time, I've sewn two dresses using fabric from my stash.
The first dress is basically two rectangles: 13" x 36". Instead of side seams, I've sewn one seam at the back and once again, I've made my own binding. I wasn't totally happy with the polka dot and the patterned fabric being the same size, but didn't realise this until I'd sewn it all together. Either I had to shorten the polka dot section or come up with another idea.
It seemed a waste to cut off the polka dot, so I decided on an appliqué, using left over patterned fabric from the top of the dress. For step by step instructions on appliqué, see past projects here and here.
For the second dress, I cut two different sized rectangles: 13" x 36" and 10" x 36". To my eye, this balance was better than the first dress.
When I was making the first set of pillowcase dresses, my sewing machine needle seemed a little blunt when I was sewing the store bought bias binding. Every few inches, the zig zag stitch would miss a zig zag and become a straight stitch for one or two stitches. I'd never seen this before. On changing the needle to a jeans needle, the problem was solved. I only used a jeans needle, as I didn't have any more regular needles.
So, I made a trip to my local quilting store for new needles and got to talking with the store owner. Apparently, she uses jeans needles for just about everything, except stretch fabric and very fine fabrics. She said the needle is sharper than a regular needle, hence it is better to sew with.
What type of needle do you use for sewing clothes and how often do you change the needle? I'd be very interested to hear your answers.
In the past, I have only ever used jeans needles for sewing heavy fabrics, but today, I used a jeans needle for both of these dresses... perfect zig zags.
These two dresses will be heading off to the Australian representative for Dress A Girl Around the World. Head on over to Hopeful Threads for details of Kristy's sew-along to support Dress A Girl Around the World.
- Project announcement and details
- Links to free dress patterns
- Dress A Girl - Basics
- Flickr group - to see dresses already made.
Kristy has two giveaways currently running at the moment: