Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Take 2 pillowcases ...

Pillowcases, Pillowslips??? Anyway these 2 came from my next door neighbour, they are very old and I suspect the applique was done by hand ???
Dye them a new colour ( I used Procion from Batik Oetero - just up the road no less!) and make a little pillowcase dress. There are tons of tutorials around for pillowcase dresses. I cut away an armhole shape from a previous pattern - made a nice wide casing for some elastic, and then made some bias strips to attach to the armholes that then become ties. The back of the dress is identical to the front - that's where the 2 pillowcases came in handy.

Of course, that is real cute, but I had some leftover fabric ..... a hat! I used this pattern:
and tried to copy the applique design for the hat - difficult to match colours etc but I did my best ..

Of course, I gal needs a bag to go with the hat, so I used the Evening Bag pattern ... I made the straps from boning covered with lightweight pellon and then covered with a strip of fabric pressed through the bias maker - not enough fabric to cut actual bias strips - but it did the job.
Actually it was difficult to get any of this on the grain as I was dealing with scrap pieces - but it all worked out in the end ...
Very difficult to photograph this little trio ....
And here are the leftovers - nah - need to STOP right here!!!
Re Use - Re Cycle - Re Fashion - come along to the Living Smart Festival - Sept 12!


  1. Wow Gay, you've been busy! I love the dress, the bag, the hat and especially the the colour.

  2. Truly inspired!
    Loving all that sunny yellow.

  3. So cute!! I think you eeked out as many projects as possible from those two pillowcases - very impressive!

  4. Wow! What a cute ensemble for a little girl in the summer. I have seen pillow case dresses before, but you have made something much more special that a run of the mill pillow case dress.

  5. Wow is right - you make the most amazing projects. By the way those pillowcases are from Asia. I have similar placemats, serviettes and doileys. You have given me inspiration to do something with them. Thanks


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