Pattern Remix: Little Apples Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

 Jessica, from the blog, “Me Sew Crazy” invited me over to participate in her Pattern Remix Series.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out, you must.  Basically she asked a bunch of bloggers to take ready-made patterns (paper, PDF, blog tutorials, ect….) and make them their own.  There has been a month of totally inspirational posts!
Click HERE to check out the series!

I love sewing with patterns, I think the fit you can achieve is superb, but I very rarely follow any pattern exactly.  It’s kind of like myself and cooking, I can’t stick to a recipe to save my life, I always have to make it my own.  I guess it’s my own way of using my creativity with the help of inspiration.  That doesn’t work so well with baking, but it ends up being pretty fun with cooking and sewing!

Pillowcase dresses are great for little girls.  They are perfect for summer, they can be layered in fall/winter, they become a top once they outgrow them as a dress, they take no time to make and the possibilities are endless.  I thought it would be fun to change up your basic pillowcase dress.  There are a gazillion tutorials online for pillowcase dresses (such as here, here, and here) and they are the perfect beginner sewing project.  The pillowcase dress is a wonderful pattern to make your own and is great to experiment with because the fit is so forgiving.

For this pillowcase dress, I used only fat quarters of six different fabrics.  These are some fat quarters that I picked up at quilt market – “Little Apples” by Aneela Hoey (this fabric will be released in September 2011).  I decided to piece together the main part of the dress with three different prints.  I did this by simply sewing strips of fat quarters together so that the piece was large enough to accommodate the pattern.  Once large enough, I cut my pattern out.

I added two layered pieces of fabric to the top of the dress in the front and the back.  These pieces were cut 5″ and 4″, but were both the same width as the top of the dress.  I stitched them to the top of the main dress pattern piece before folding it over to make the casing.  They actually aren’t ruffled, they just look that way because of the way the neck-line is gathered.  Pretty cute, huh?

Fat quarters are only so long, so to extend the dress, I cut a fat quarter into four equal parts, sewed it in a long strip and made it into a ruffle at the bottom of the dress.  If you wanted to make it even longer, you could do several tiered ruffles which would be really fun.

I used polka dot bias tape to trim the arm holes and threaded a red (with white stitching) ribbon through the neckline.  You could also thread two ribbons and have the dress tie at both shoulders.

Here’s my little model, Savannah Rose, being silly for the camera……

I hope you all enjoyed my pattern remix!  What patterns are you going to remix?  Have any ideas?  Any fat quarters you might use up for this project?  A big thanks to Jessica for inviting me over to her lovely blog, Me Sew Crazy.  Thanks girl!!
Happy Sewing!

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  1. So cute and a great way to use fat quarters!

  2. Super cute dress, and your little model is even cuter!!! 🙂

  3. Adorable dress & model! Love the picture of Savannah Rose looking surprised with her hand on her cheek!

  4. Very cute! The mix of fabrics and new design is cute!

  5. I love this dress! I’ve been wanting to make a pillowcase dress but I never even thought about putting fat quarters together. Love the color/pattern combo.

  6. Great model! And the dress is cute too 😉

  7. This is really cute! I have only recently discovered how great fat quarters can be, I wish I had learned this years ago.

  8. Very cute, love the blue ruffle, the model’s pretty fun too!

  9. I always want to make pillowcase dress, but hey, there is no cute pillowcase here ! Why I didn’t make it using fat quarter like yours ? what a clever idea !
    Btw, I’m in love with your last picture. She is too cute !!

  10. Well I must say that is darling, and I’m really not a big fan of pillowcase dresses – but fabric and detailing really does make a difference doesn’t it? Great work!

  11. So adorable!

  12. I love the dress and “your” model.
    She is just perfect for dress dress. And gives a pillow case a total classy meaning.

    Great job, and thank you sew much for sharing Lindsey.

    Weird… I have sewn soooo many things but not ever a pillowcase dress…. yet!

  13. By the way I sew love the fabric in red with the kiddo’s playing.

    Have a great weekend!

  14. This dress is adorable…so is the little model wearing it 🙂 Great job!

  15. Such an adorable dress! Loved your blog too…

  16. So stinkin’ cute – the girl *and* the dress 😉 I’ve pinned this for use in “Little Dresses for Africa” projects. Thanks for sharing.