Monday, 16 April 2012

Shirred Pillowcase Dresses...


Here are my latest dresses for Kristy's sew-along to support Dress A Girl Around the World over at Hopeful Threads.

My inspiration for these dresses, came from Crafts For Lily, where I saw an adorable, gingham sundress with shirring. You all know how I love shirring. As soon as I saw Crafts For Lily's dress, I wanted to start sewing.

I've based the dresses on the measurements from Dress A Girl Around the World. All four dresses have shirring at the front, instead of elastic as in my previous dresses. The back is gathered with elastic in a casing. Again, I've made the binding.

The accents on the first two dresses are made from a purple polka dot. Instead of hemming these two dresses, I've used the polka dot binding.


The first dress has two shirred pockets. Originally, I was only going to have one pocket, but changed my mind. I think I should have placed the pockets a little further apart. It's a little hard to see, but I've sewn three rows of cross stitch across the front.


The next dress has an appliqu├ęd butterfly and a row of ric rac.


I love the purple polka dot, but only had enough for two dresses. After rummaging through my stash, I found another purple fabric, which I think co-ordinates even better with the gingham. I've cut these two dresses shorter and added a ruffle to the bottom.


I decided to leave this dress without accents, other than two rows of ric rac.


And I've left my favourite till last...



... Pam

Edited to add: The template for the butterfly, came from Angel Lea Designs.


I've based my dresses on the measurements from Dress A Girl Around the World.
Also, read the Dress making guidelines from Dress A Girl Around the World.

35 comments:

  1. Pam, you are cranking these out! You are so cool!!!

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  2. Beautiful - great job. Now I will go out into blogland to look up "shirring." :)

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  3. All of these dresses are beautiful!

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  4. Gorgeous! These are going to make some little girls very happy indeed!

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  5. They are so pretty...there new owners will look beautiful in them

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  6. Oh wow Pam, I love all the accents you have added, the shirring, applique, ruffles and cross stitch! What an amazing job you have done!

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  7. So adorable, I must learn how to shirrrrrr.

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  8. Great efforts Pam, they are all so beautiful! I just love the little crosses, such detail, amazing!
    Kristin

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  9. Wow they are gorgeous. The girls who get these dresses will be thrilled.

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  10. Pam, you really did a good job! I do believe these are the prettiest pillowcase dresses that I have seen yet. Fantastic!

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  11. Brillaint job! Any little girl would be pleased to recieve such pretty creations!

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  12. GORGEOUS Pam!!! Love the purple!



    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. Man, these are just too cute! Perfect for summer and little girls! I had a Peter Pan costume made from a pillow case when I was little. But it was essentially a green pillowcase with holes cut for my arms and head and a spikey looking bottom... looking at these its kind of shameful! =D I would love if you were able to stop at my first session of Sweet Sharing Mondays (new weekly party- with features!) and link up! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday/

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  14. Beautiful little dresses!! Thanks for sharing~

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  15. These are gorgeous, Pam. I think my favourite is your second one, with a butterfly and no ruffles. I am sure the little girls who receive them will love them.

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  16. I like them all.they are so cute!

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  17. They are all so cute. I especially like the last one with the bright purple butterfly and ruffles!

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  18. Love them! I make pillowcase dresses too :) I followed you from Homemade by You. Here is my offering this week: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/keep-calm-and-craft-on.html

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  19. these are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Love the purple and the butterflies. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  21. Aw!!! I saw these pretty dresses on the Hopeful Threads flickr group and came over to comment. Imagine my surprise when I read that you were inspired by my shirred gingham dress! I adore what you did with these dresses!!

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  22. Holy crow look at you go!! All of the pillow case dresses are so cute, but I think these are my favorite. I love all the detail on them. Thanks for sharing and partying with us this week.

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  23. I LOVE the purple, the butterfly, and the ruffle!! I think I sai this last week, but these really are my favorite pillow case dresses yet! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! XO

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  24. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!!
    This week’s Linky Party is up!!!! http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_28.html
    I hope you will stop by an link up another lovely project..
    Claire x

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