Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sew Weekly: Pinky Pillowslips

If I were 7 years old right now, I would have DIED seeing these colours and print! For the Sew Weekly theme this week, we made things from pillowcases, and everyone really pulled together some different stuff! Amazing that the original fabric for all of us was less than a metre long and a head space wide!

My fabric were two handmade pillows, like I showed you earlier in the week, and totally my dream colours for a while in the 80s. Remember that pastels 'went' with black and grey really well? Remember the black and pink pastel ornaments (like swans and faux deco vases)? YES. I bet that's where this fabric hails from.

I love refashioning, but this dress was a little annoying because it just wasn't that remarkable. I wrote a little more about my ups and downs on Mena's blog if you want all the details, but unfortunately it's not my fave dress I've ever made. The pattern is Amanda of Adelaide's (who has kindly loaned me a bunch of her patterns) and needed some resizing, which was good because then I had just enough fabric, but either the fabric didn't sit well with the style, or the pattern didn't work with my resizing... because the fit isn't as lovely as I'd hoped.

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

BUT! How funny are these photos of my arms!



  1. I like the dress. The boatneck in combination with the short skirt is very cute, I think!

  2. I love this dress! its one of my favourites!

  3. Wow - is that the pillow case dress. Its so cute.

  4. I've been lerking on your blog for quite sometime and I love everything that you do and make. Your pillowcase dress is too cute. I love it.

  5. oh but this is stunning on you!!!! i love it!

  6. What a cute dress! The funniest thing though, is that we had a couch with a very similar pattern in the 80s!

  7. You are too hard o n yourself; the dress is very cute, and the sleeves look good! And you can still wear it in the summer very comfortably :)

  8. I think this is a great dress and I love the idea of using a pillowcase. Do you have any simpler steps for the transformation for a pattern-phobe like myself? Thanks!

  9. Thank you all!

    @ Needlepullingthread - try Mena's original non-pattern idea:


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