Pillow Case Dress With French Seams

20 Mar


Pillow Case Dress With French Seams

Pillow Case Dresses are  super easy!! They are great for beginner sewers. Measurements don’t have to be exact, and they can grow with your child from a dress to a top as your child grows.

In this tutorial I will show you how to do a French Seam with pictures. A French Seam is a seam where all the edges are tucked into the seam so you do not have any raw edges. This eliminates the need for a serger or pinking shears to finish the edges. This gives a very professional look.

Here is a printable  version of this tutorial Pillowcase Dress With French Seam

1. First you will need to gather your materiels:

Fabric for the main dress no more than a yard will be needed

¼ yard on contrast material for bottom

3/8” ribbon 1 yard or more depending how long you like the ties or material ¼ yard

Matching thread


2.  The easiest way to cut the fabric is take a dress that fits the child. Lay it on top of your fabric folded in half and draw around it adding 4” on the left and right sides to make a rectangle. This made the dress a little fuller plus to add for seam allowance.

3. To cut the armholes fold your rectangle in half lengthwise. This way you will have matching arm holes. Cut a J shape out of the upper non folded side

For up to 2T cut 1.5” in and 3” down

For 3T to 4T cut 2” in and 4” down

My child wears a 5 and I added an inch to both measurements. Just play with this until you have a comfortable arm hole

4. Now cut out your contrast material. Cut two pieces the length of the dress and 4” wide.

5. Arm Holes: Fold arm hole to wrong side ¼” and press. Always start at top of dress and work down into armhole. This will make folding much easier. Press flat. Fold this over again, so all raw edges are tucked inside. Press again. Repeat on all Armholes. Stitch close to inside edge



6.  TOP EDGE CASING: Fold Top edge of dress down 1” and press. Open and fold down top edge ¼” press. Fold Down 1” pressed edge. Repeat on other top edge of dress. Stitch close to edge


Picture shows stitching close to edge on top casing and armholes


7.  French Seams on bottom edge: Lay dress WRONG side up, place band WRONG side down. So band and dress are WRONG sides together. Stitch ¼” from edge.

 Stitching ¼” from edge


8. Open seam out and fold over so RIGHT SIDES are Together. Press Lower edge. Stitch 3/8” from edge.

 9. Open Seam and press.

  Finished Pressed Seam


10.  Side Seam: ONLY DO ONE SIDE Match WRONG sides together. Making sure the seam from top of dress and band match up. Stitch ¼” from edge

 ¼” Stitching from side


Turned with Right Sides Together

11. Turn seam so RIGHT SIDES are together. Press. Stitch 3/8” from side.

12.  Open Seam and Press Flat. HEM DRESS: ON WRONG SIDE of lower band fold ¼” up and press. Fold up ¼” again. Press. Stitch close to edge

 Stitching hem line


13.  Second Side Seam: Match WRONG sides together. Making sure the seam from top of dress and band match up. Stitch ¼” from edge


¼” Stitching from side


Turned with Right Sides Together

 14. Turn seam so RIGHT SIDES are together. Press. Stitch 3/8” from side.

15.  Press Dress.

16.  Ties for Dress: You can either use 3/8” ribbon or Fabric.

Ribbon: cut 1 yard of Ribbon in half – If you like fuller ties use more ribbon and cut in half. To add to dress follow directions bellow

 17.  Ties with Fabric: Cut 2- 1” strip of fabric width of fabric. If you want your ties longer cut 4 ties whatever length you want. Placing right sides together stitch ¼” around three sides of tie.

 18. Turn Tie Right side out and Press

19.  Tuck a small amount of fabric in on the unfinished edge and stitch across


 20. Attaching Ties To Dress: Attach a safety pin to edge of tie

 21.  Insert end with safety pin into top edge casing and slide all the way across to other end. The safety pin helps you be able to grip the tie so it will travel in the casing easily.

 22. Time to add your appliqué

 23. Dress is Complete!!



One Response to “Pillow Case Dress With French Seams”

  1. Colby February 2, 2019 at 11:41 pm #

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