The Pillowcase Dress

I love the simplicity of a dress.  They’re so easy and versatile.  And what could be more simple than a pillowcase dress?  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite awhile, so when I came across this sweet set of pillowcases during my last thrifting expedition I thought I could sew up a perfect summer dress for Delly.

The dress is simple to put together which is why the style is so popular.  It’s basically just a casing around the top and armholes.  Measurements don’t need to be exact,which is right up my alley.  Although next time I will trim the sides of the pillowcase a bit, so the bodice is slimmer and add bias tape around the arms for a more finished look.  I left the the full width of the pillowcase and it’s a bit large for Delly, but I guess this way it will fit her for quite awhile.

It’s a perfect lightweight summery outfit.  Now if we could only get some consistent sunshine here in the northwest, she could actually wear it!

There are dozens of tutorials and inspirations available.  Some of my favorites include these by Aesthetic NestPrudent Baby and The Mother Huddle.

Junking Jackpot

I don’t get to poke around garage sales and antique stores as often as I like.  So when I can find the time, I try to make the most of it.  Last month, I found myself in a pinch.  One of my fav annual rummage sales was scheduled for Fri. & Sat., and of course we already had plans for the weekend, so Friday was the day.  The problem was that I had to take both of my kiddos, ages 3 and 1.  Yeah, not ideal…at all.

But I had a plan.  It included one stroller (which I ditched half way through), a lot of snacks (which I ran out of) and we started in the kid section (new toys first!).  Even with this plan, I found that I was the crazy lady with the kids, spouting lots of apologies as I awkwardly trudged through the crowd.  But, I was determined and nothing was going to get in the way of me finding some killer deals.  We made it through in record time and I scored some of my best deals yet!

I don’t even know where to start.  I was giddy with excitement when I found these vintage patterns.  10 cents each!  Are you kidding me?  Yes, I will take them all, are there any more???  And the vintage linens, I only wish I had more time to go through them.  The printed sheet has already been turned into The Twirl Dress and that vintage pillowcase was destined to be a simple pillowcase dress.  I love the antler candleholders which will be having a date with gold spray paint very soon.  And that darling frame with the engraved tin matte will be getting an update too.  All in all I am very happy with my loot.  I even found my daughter “reading” the words in her new Charlie Brown dictionaries, be still my heart.

Now If I can get my butt in gear, maybe I can sew up one of these cuties for Vintage May over at Craftiness is Not Optional.  Hmm, I think I want to start with that cute shorts jumper in the top left.