Due to all my re-upholstery projects this spring, I haven't had the desire to do any other sewing. Last weekend, the boys were away at a baseball tournament and so I used my "free" time to whip up a couple dresses for the girls. They are growing up too quickly and I know that these days are going to be ending soon where they will wear something homemade......at least until they start going to high school dances and can't find a dress they like :)
I also have stepped back a bit when it comes to sewing projects and have decided that unless I can reasonably create something that can't be bought or doesn't look too homemade, it isn't worth my time. It seems like fabric is getting more expensive and clothes are getting cheaper, especially if you buy things on sale. I just don't have time to try every tutorial/craft I come across and so I have just been waiting until I see something that really stands out to me. I normally stay away from pillowcase dresses because they tend to look cheap. But, I ran across a photo on Pinterest that I couldn't get out of my head.
Cute, huh?? Originally, I was going to try and find a print like she used but couldn't find anything I loved at the fabric store. I decided to just stick with solids and picked up some red, white, and blue Kona cotton.
This is what I came up with for my girls. I'm just realizing now that their ties are way too long after looking at both pictures. Luckily, its an easy fix!
If you click on my inspriation photo, there is a great tutorial which I am going to refer you to. I followed her directions and just altered the size since my girls are quite a bit older. I just used a couple dresses that my girls wear and matched up the fabric for the length. The white stripes are just strips of fabric with the edges pressed under and then sewn directly onto the dress........you can see that I didn't line them up perfectly.
Yes, the ties do need to be shortened! And, we have quickly entered into the "bad teeth" era. My younger daughter closely resembles Nanny McPhee at the moment :)
So there you have it.....my twist on the patriotic pillowcase dress. Happy 4th of July!!!