I feel like I am finally conquering my fear of sewing! While I was visiting my in-laws, I took on a few fun projects with my mother-in-law--she was so patient with me! We saw these adorable pillow case dresses at Hobby Lobby. They looked pretty easy, so we bought the fabric & ribbon & got to work. The pattern was from McCalls.
Here is how you can cut out your fabric. This is for a size 3 dress, but can be modified in the length for a bigger or smaller size. The width should more than likely stay the same (at least it did for the size 5 that I made). Those are two separate pieces that you cut out, if you didn't catch that. You will place each one on the fold, so it will double in size.
You can embellish the dress however you'd like. This is what I did though--
Measure the width of your dress (front & back) with the ribbon, then cut. Sew the smaller ribbon in the center of the larger ribbon. Measure it to the front piece of fabric, then cut. Use the remaining ribbon for the back of the fabric. Pin wherever you'd like on the fabric (I put mine towards the bottom of the dresses). Now you sew the ribbon in place.
**Make sure you line the ribbon up so it is even on the front & back, & that the corners of the arm holes match up.
Once that is sewed, put right sides together and pin the sides of the dress. Sew 1/2 in. down each side. After that is finished, press & fold that open.
For the arm holes, fold over 1/2 in, then another 3/4 in. Press, pin & sew. I did a narrow seam, as you can see.
For the top of the dress, fold over 1/2 in, then another 2 in. Press & pin, then sew at the bottom of the 2 in. leaving room to slide the ribbon through it.
For the bottom, determine the desired length you'd like. I folded it over 1/2 in. and then another 1 1/2 in. Press, pin, then sew.
For the ribbon straps, measure the length of the top, then double. Do that twice, since you will need two straps. Slide it through the hole on top, scrunch it however much you'd like, then sew the ends of the ribbon strap to the fabric, to ensure it doesn't move. Hopefully this all makes sense.
There you have it, a simple, adorable pillow case dress. Pretty easy, right?! I loved them so much, I decided to make two more dresses for the 4th of July--I'll post them soon.