The Thrifty Floral Pillowcase Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: two thrifted pillowcases ($2)
Pattern: Simplicity 5016
Year: early to mid 1960s
Notions: bias binding, stash
Time to complete: 2
First worn: June 2011
Wear again? Maybe, if I cut the neckline lower.
Total Cost: $2
As one to never shy away from thrifty materials like bed linen, curtains and tablecloths in my sewing, I have worn pillowcases (and made many skirts for my friends!) a go go. But for some reason, I've been away from the sewing room for over a week and my seamstress touch has left me! I'd selected my pillowcases from my favourite secondhand store last week, went to Sydney for work and came back to be totally bewildered by the bold and large print.
These pillowcases scream early 1980s (black and pastel pink were HOT in fashion!) to me, and I'd found the twin set to be in good condition, slightly worn but not enough to fade the print. They were both slightly larger in size, and upon inspection: They were HANDMADE!
I feel totally chuffed to remake a handmade set of pillowcase!
I ummed and aahhh and decided that the bold larger print would suit a shift dress, and found this Simplicity 5016 in my collection that Amanda from Adelaide has loaned me. And because it's now really cold (and officially winter!) in Melbourne, I really need to have sleeves. But! I've never really sewn many sleeves before and unfortunately this wasn't the dress to try it with this material.
Have you seen these 'elbow' darts before? They're quite cute, but I have no idea if I made them right, and considering the pillowcase fabric is quite stiff, the sleeves are now a little weird.
The other weird fit issues were due to my resizing (the pattern is a 34 and I'm a 32 at the moment), and the fact that the neckline is way scoopier and boatlike in the pictures. I recut the neckline (because it was too tight when I first tried it on) but may have to shave off more. I also cut corners by laying the back piece on the fold, because there weren't any darts in the back piece and I decided to 'Do a Mena' and try it on without a zipper first, and voila! I didn't need one!
Hopefully my Sewing Touch or Seamstress Instinct returns next week!