Jun 30, 2010

Little Girl's Pillowcase Nighty Tutorial

Today's tutorial is from Angela at My Inner Old Lady... Enjoy it is super cute.

 This is made from two old pillow cases and finished with fold over elastic.

Here's the how-to:

I took a nightgown that I already knew would fit and cut a piece on the fold from each of two pillowcases.

With those two identical pieces:

1. I finished the side seams with a zig-zag, then stitched together (right sides together, 1/2 inch seam allowance).

2. Checked the fit. I had to trim the neckline quite a bit, with the front neckline dipping about 1 inch lower than the back neckline.

3. Finished with a zig-zag and stitched the shoulder seams, right sides together.

I finished the neckline and the armholes with fold over elastic. If you'd like a tutorial on this, Amy Karol has a nice one here. I pulled the elastic very gently to create tiny gathers. If you don't pull on it at all, it will just create a smooth finish and conversely you can pull on it very firmly to create more gathers.

I chose to use contrasting thread on this step, but of course I made a mistake and had to rip a section and re-sew it, which really shows. It's probably better to match the thread with the elastic, unless you are Polly Perfect.

The hem was created by double folding 1/2 inch, then finished with a zig-zag. The stitching matches the zig-zag in the fold over elastic.

This was a super-easy and fast project. With two standard sized pillowcases, you can make up to a child's size 8.


fabriquefantastique said...

my favorite tutorial so far. as I often sell vintage pillowslips at the markets I do, I sometimes guide people to your blog. Jan

itmom said...

I love this. So sweet. Great job!!