I’m a thrifter. I love thinking outside the box and have been recycling, or upcycling, or repurposing old clothes or sheets or parts of clothes for a very long time. Once I made Emily and myself skirts from a pair of Jason’s khaki’s he had cut off…and I’ve even stooped to make myself workout shirts out of Jason’s old pitted out white-T’s, cutting out the pits, obviously…
But let me tell you, old sheets and pillowcases are the best! I have yellow and white checked gingham pajama pants from my Grandpa’s sheets, cornflower blue with rose bud pajama bottoms from 1974 (the sheets from my childhood bed), and when Em was little I used two of my favorite pillow cases to make her a sun top and super wide-legged flare bottom pants.
In 1993 when we got married, Ralph Lauren bedding was ALL THE RAGE 😉 No, but really, every. single. piece. of. bedding. we. had. was prepster, for sure. Remember when mixing plaid and floral and stripes and solids and paisley’s was super cool? And then when Ralph was mixing up the patterns with rustic western themes, this Arizona girl got all giddy and bought up some o’dat. Mixed up on our old 4-poster log bed and it was very Taos-esque, Southwesternish, even in the Midwest.
About 9 years ago I made a pillowcase skirt by simply cutting off the end which is sewn shut, folding it over twice, about an inch in width, sewing it and lacing it with a drawstring. I stitched an antique handkerchief onto it…dang that thing was cute…I think I recently gave it away…anyway…
I’ve had these pillowcases forever and have wanted to use them to make a skirt or dress but they have just been sitting in my pile…for a very long time. But, with Spain around the corner, and my goal being to wear a sundress almost every day, I thought why not whip one up?
Here goes (hope you are easily able to follow along with the instructions):
|Pick your favorite pillowcase. This is circa 1993, old school Ralph Lauren bedding, probably from his Taos collection 😉 Oh, and it’s a KING SIZE case, which gives you ample length with which to work.
|Fold the pillowcase in half length-wise (so it’s narrow) Use scissors or your handy dandy cutting mat and fabric slicer to cut the sewn end of the case off.
|Sorry, I don’t know why this one is horizontal, but then turn the pillowcase inside out and use the natural fold, as well as the seam as your guide.
|Fold the fabric over one inch, the part that will be the top of the dress. The cuff or ruffle on a pillowcase will be your natural hem at the bottom.
|At the natural seem, with one inch of the material folded over but not sewn down, sew one end of the elastic on securely with a zig zag stitch.
|Then, pull it tightly and sew the other end to the natural fold on the opposite side of the pillowcase.