Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Handmade Christmas Present No. 1

I really better get a wriggle on if I want to make everything on my list. I have at least finished one thing, and I just have to attach shoulder straps to Handmade Christmas Present no.2 for niece no.1.

this cute little number is for niece no.2. It started life as an op-shop pillowcase. The elastic button close and vintage button are both from my Mum's stash. How I love that button. This took me so much longer than it should have, but I work like that. Slow and Steady! I posted it previously here and here.

You know, I think these may actually be the first pockets I've ever made, so I used this pocket tutorial by Made by Rae. I'm very happy with them, I cant decide if they are my favourite thing about the dress, or that adorable button, or the binding. I just love the whole thing, but that button makes me smile on the inside (and outside) every time I see it.

Dress no.2 coming soon (I hope)



  1. Gorgeous dress and a great way to use a thrifted pillowcase - can I ask what pattern you used for altering the armholes and neckline (or are you one of those super-clever people that just did it)?

    I love it - and have plenty of thrifted pillowcases that would love to become devine dresses like yours!

  2. Oh! So pretty! I would have passed that pillowcase thinking nothing cool could be done with it but you made a totally cute dress!
    The embroidery is very pretty now that you can see it, and the pockets are just so much fun.
    Great job!

  3. Thanks guys :)
    I was just going to wing it with the neck and arm holes, but I had an old pattern from the seventies I picked up somewhere and used that basic shape for the neck and arm holes and the shoulder seam. Then I made the A-line shape by marking from the bottom of the arm hole to the bottom corner of the pillow case the get maximum width.

  4. It's gorgeous, one of the prettiest pillowcase dresses I've seen for sure :)

  5. What a sweet pillowcase dress. The pockets are my favorite thing.

  6. This is my favorite pillowcase dress I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  7. Cute! Love the pockets!! Well done.

  8. it looks fantastic. i love the pockets. and you quilt below is gorgeous. love the colors! hugs-jane

  9. Saw this over at WR. It's absolutely beautiful!