Friday, August 13, 2010

Vintage Pillowcase Halter Dress

From: http://www.potholes&

Today, I wanted to show you how to make a super easy Vintage Pillowcase Halter dress using an oversized pillowcase and a little bit of elastic.

The dress is oh-so comfortable and best of all, it's machine washable with no ironing needed.

Here's what you'll need to make your very own Vintage Pillowcase Halter Dress:

• An oversized pillowcase
• Tape measure
• Straight Pins
• 1/4" elastic (about 25-35" in length)
• Scissors
• Iron & Ironing board
• Seam Ripper (if you are as experienced as I am)

Cut the seam from the bottom of the pillowcase and fold over the material 1 1/2" and iron flat. Next, cut the folded material (which is a total of 3") from the pillowcase. Do this same procedure twice, creating two strips of material.

Cut the seam from the side of your strips, opening them flat. Iron the strips with right sides together. Sew the strips separately with the right sides together, allowing for a 1/4" seam.

Turn the strips inside out (I use a chopstick to shove the material through) and iron flat. These strips will facilitate both the halter and your belt.

Fold the material on the bottom of your pillowcase over 1/4" and iron flat. Next, fold the material 1" more and iron flat. Sew what will be your top hem, leaving an opening for the elastic.

Measure your chest (above your breasts) and subtract 6". This will be the amount you will need of elastic. I needed 25" of elastic (now you know all of my secrets).

Using a safety pin, feed your elastic through the opening in your top hem. Remember to hold onto the tail end or round and round she goes...

Once your elastic has been fed through the top hem, sew the two ends of the elastic together. Next, sew the opening closed in your top hem.

Slip on your halter dress and find the center at the top of your dress. Measure from center, around your neck and then back to center. I needed about 22" of material for my halter. Using one of your strips, cut the amount needed for your halter, saving the excess.

Sew your halter onto the center of your pillowcase (my center was at 9 1/2"), making sure not to sew onto the elastic, following the same seam line as before.

Feed the excess of your cut strip into the untouched strip and sew it together. Sew each end closed of your now one complete strip. This will be your belt.

Slip on your dress, tie the belt and enjoy!

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