Smocked Version of the Pillowcase Dress
Makes a great nightgown or sundress
|1. Using a standard pillowcase, turn the pillowcase inside out and cut
the top seam, next to the stitching.
|2. Lay the pillowcase flat and using armhole guides, mark the armhole
wash away marker, mark all sides so they are drawn in on the front piece and
back piece. Do not cut out the armholes, but cut straight down the side of
your case to the bottom of the armhole.
|3. Pleating- Turn right side out and mark center front and back. Now,
down the top layer so it is even with the bottom of the arm hole curve, so
you can roll the fabric on a dowel for pleating.
Leave the pleating thread long so you can straighten it out and hem the top
after pleating. Fold down the top section, roll
the back onto a pleater and pleat in the same manor, again leaving threads
long enough to pull flat and hem the edge.
Remove the pleating threads from the armhole areas pull the
pleating up to about 5 inches.
4. I pleated 7 rows and smocked 5 use any plate of your choice
|5. For ties, I used purchased bias tape, cut at 35" fold in half,
center of your armhole and pin the center of the tape, then sew the bias to
the armhole leaving the length for tying.