Finished It Friday – Pillowcase dress

Have you heard of the Dress A Girl Around the World project? Or pillowcase dresses? If not you can check out the whole story over at Sewscrumptious, who is the UK co-ordinator of the project.

Our new WI is going to get together this Wednesday to see what we can do to help the project and hopefully get a few more finished. This was my practice one I made to make sure I knew what to show people at the demonstration.

I’m really pleased with it, I’m not a great sewer and a few techniques, e.g. bias binding had me baffled a little along the way. The tutorials are really straightforward though and you just have to take it step by step.

You can make the dresses from a pillowcase by cutting away armholes and finishing off with either elasticated neckline or ribbon threaded through. I chose to get the equivalent fabric requirement and make from scratch.

So tah-dah, the first of many I hope.

pillowcase dress, dress a girl around the world, sewcrumptious

I was quite pleased that I got the contrast band seams to join up.

pillowcase dress, dress a girl around the world, sewcrumptious

I should really have used wider bias-binding and will do this on subsequent dresses, but I managed to get away with what I had (I think).

pillowcase dress, dress a girl around the world, sewcrumptious

I wanted to add a contrast piece to the floral fabric, to add a bit more interest.

pillowcase dress, dress a girl around the world, sewcrumptious

In the last FIF, Dillytante linked up her very highbrow crafting, she says “I’ve tried to put some psychology into my crafting, I’m combining my passions to create Psychraftology. Craftology. Psychcraftisvism. Psychocraft.”

You have to visit to see and read the three pieces she has completed and the story behind them, I particularly liked her cross-stitched Rorschach ink blot. What do you see in it?

Photo credit: http://dillytante.wordpress.com

So what have you finished this week? Some craft, a cake, a book, the crossword? Leave a link below so we can have an ooh and an ahh.

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April 20, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Janine - How pretty!! I think any little girl, anywhere in the world would love to wear that dress! x

May 2, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Sew Scrumptious - What a beautiful dress! Thank you so much for joining in and for the lovely mention. Really appreciate it! x

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