|image from the Purl Bee|
How adorable is this little top from the Purl Bee? (granted, anything is adorable in liberty print but come on, this is so cute!) I love the Purl Bee for their simple, free projects that they release on a regular basis. They always use the most beautiful fabrics and have the best photo styling! If your are ever in NYC you should definitely check out their soho store - I can't go in there without wanting to touch EVERYTHING!
Ok enough about my obsession with Purl, back to this project. I've had this pillowcase that I snagged at a goodwill for ages now, and I knew I wanted to use it to make something for my goddaughter Violet, but I hadn't quite decided what. This little dress was the perfect fit! Purl pitches the project as a top, but my little violet is the tiniest thing, so it will fit more as a dress for her till she gets a little older (how perfect that they can grow into this and still wear it!?)
I try to keep myself away from the textiles section of goodwill because I will inevitably impulse buy something (usually vintage floral sheets) that will sit in my stash forever. But how could I resist this little pillowcase set? And pillowcases dont even take up that much space! I'm so glad I bought it cuz this dress turned out so cute - and it was so easy!
The only thing I did differently from Purl's instructions was I measured up from the pillow case opening (instead of measuring out a hem). Pillowcases are perfect for projects like these - especially if you find one with a cute border like this one - you dont have to deal with the hem! The thickness of the border at the hem also gives the dress some nice bounce. I also lucked out because this was the perfect width, I didn't have to cut it down at all.
Here is a detail shot of the fun little whales along the bottom. I still can't get over how darn cute they are! I have a confession to make - I think I'm going to do a little something for myself with the other pillowcase... that is if my
Fabric: Repurposed pillowcase from goodwill - about 2$
Difficulty: Super easy
Adjustments: Skipped hem step and used pillowcase opening as hem
Finishing: Used existing seams in pillowcase and opening as hem
Time: 45 min
Sew it again? yes - super easy and quick project - good for last minute gifts!