4th of July Pillow Case Dress

One of my very 1st dresses I have ever sew was this one last year. I love how it turned out. The little American flags, and used maroon fabric to accent it. Its great to also wear on Memorial and Labor day.  I also sewed it a bit long so she could wear it for more than 1 year as well.

I followed this tutorial for making my basic pillow case dress. (DRESS TUTORIAL)

I made a few adjustments. I cut the dress shorter and extended it with the maroon fabric.

The ribbon around the neck/collar. Is a long strip sewn then turned inside out to make a fabric ribbon so to speak. I didn’t want to use actual ribbon. I wanted it to be the same as the bottom maroon fabric color.

And last but not least- the belt. Adding the belt gave it a bit more dress up look to it.

This dress was made in a size 5/6 and now my daughter is in a 7/8 and it fits just as perfect.

Here are my fabric dimensions I cut

Shoulder Ribbon/Strap – I cut  3″x68″  (once folded in half sewn down 1 side and turned inside out- the final was more like 1 1/4 inch wide by 67) Tucking in the ends.

Bias Tape- for the arm holes  – 2″x45″

Top Dress –  25″x45″

Bottom Dress (maroon) – 6″x45″

Belt – 6″x82″

The Belt I cut in 3 pieces.  18″ , 32″ and 32″

I had the 18″ piece in the center where her tummy is. Because I didn’t want to see a seam. And then the 32″ inches on each side of the 18″ piece. Once I had 1 long 6″x82″ piece. I sewed it exactly how I did the Shoulder Ribbon/Straps. Turning it inside out and tucking the ends.  Gave her a nice almost  2 1/2-3″ belt.

She also wears it with out the belt sometimes for a more casual look.

Then last but not least her hair piece.

Simply made a fabric yo- yo (great tutorial found here) and glued it on a french clip. With a bow and button on the top.

I love outfits that I can make a little bit bigger and get a few years out of it. 🙂



12 Responses to 4th of July Pillow Case Dress
  1. audrey
    May 12, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Very cute dress!!! And that little one is just adorable too…very pretty smile! Thanks for sharing this dress…I love making pillowcase dresses! 🙂

  2. teresa
    May 12, 2011 | 9:10 pm

    what a doll you have there!!! the dress is really adorable too!!

  3. Christie
    May 15, 2011 | 10:02 am

    That is so adorable! I love the belt and matching hair accessory too!

  4. Monica
    May 15, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    I love the belt on this…it really takes it up a notch!!

  5. Stephanie
    May 15, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    So cute! The dress and the little girl. I was looking for a project to do with my granddaughters…this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing!

    aka luluscottage.blogspot.com (I have a pretty giveaway)

  6. Polly @ Helping Little Hands
    May 16, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Love the sash/belt on the dress! It makes it a lot cuter than most pillowcase dresses that I’ve seen.

  7. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
    May 18, 2011 | 6:48 am

    Very cute dress, I think the belt turns a normal pillow dress into something pretty cute. Well done!

  8. mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    May 18, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    just shared this on my Facebook page!

  9. Michelle
    May 19, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    So cute. I would have never known it was flags had you not mentioned. From far away they look like flowers. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  10. Alison @ Momma Did It
    May 19, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I love all things Americana.

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  12. Stephanie Lynn
    May 24, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    MB this is the cutest pillow case dress ever. The tie waist is adorable. Fabulous job and cute model too! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

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