I have been wanting to make my own pillowcase dress for Penelope for some time now and I still have my mom's sewing machine so I thought I'd better do it now. This project was more difficult than the curtains but if you know how to sew I would say this project is relatively simple. I already had everything I needed except for the pillowcase and that I got at goodwill for a dollar. Penelope was picking it up saying 'Princess' so I think that means she likes it. One thing I don't like about sewing is all the prep work. I'm talking about the measuring, cutting, ironing, and pinning. I just want to stick two things together and go.
Ribbon of Choice
2. Make two 2" strips out of the left over material. They should be as long as the dress is wide. So measure 2" of the extra material cut it and you should have a circle. then cut that apart on the seems and you will have two pieces. Then fold them about a half inch in and then again on both sides creating your binding. Iron it so it stays.
3. Cut sleeves in the dress and sew binding on. Lay the dress down, measure 2" in at the top and about 5" down. Draw a curved line and cut. Do it on both sides. This is where the arms will stick out. Sew the binding on over the edge so it doesn't fray.
4. Create the spot for the elastic to go through. Fold the top down about 1", fold the edge under, iron it, and sew it. Do this on the front and back pieces. Then cut two 7" pieces of elastic sew 10" of ribbon of your choice onto both ends of both pieces of the elastic. Thread one piece of elastic through the front and one through the back.
5. You can stop here if you want or ad ribbon around the waist to create more shape. If you want ribbon get a large piece and pin it on. Create pleats if u like. Then only sew about 4 inches of the ribbon onto the front. You're done!