Thursday, July 9, 2009

My ambition got the best of me

Baby Girl is in bed and Hubby is on his way back from Fort Lauderdale after picking up the parents at the airport, so I decided tonight would be a great night to start a sewing project. I successfully completed a simple red, pillow cover to match one of the guest bedroom's decor.

My lines are straight, the pillow fits and I'm ready to sew it up with a zipper. And then....I got scared and thought that maybe I should try this over the weekend, when I'm much more awake and alert.

But, I didn't stop there, oh no I didn't. I decided this would also be a great time to try making a pillowcase dress for Baby Girl. Have you seen these on etsy? They are adorable and inexpensive, you should check them out. However, I thought it would be more fun and satisfying if I made one myself. I looked on-line and printed out a pattern that looked simple enough. I had bought these purple and white polka dot (and very soft) pillow cases at TJ Maxx for $4.99 a while back with this project in mind and thought a dress would look cute with adorable purple ribbons.

So, I cut up the pillowcase (upside down, but that was an easy fix), I hemmed up the tops and then....uh oh. I forgot to hem the arm holes first. S
o now I have a neatly hemmed top but after I hem the arm holes, I won't have anywhere to string the ribbons through. Whoops! I should have stopped at the zipper on the red pillow.

Oh well, at least I have another pillow case (set of two) and have learned so far what not to do. I have also found that learning to sew, following a pattern, and being extremely sleepy, do not mix! I will not give up though, I shall prevail and Baby Girl will look adorable in her pillowcase dress!


  1. Great efforts! Yay for you! I want to make a pillowcase dress too. Mini #2 looks so darn cute in them and I have great visions of my finished product.

    Have a great time with the inlaws!

  2. That is great! I wish I knew how to sew. This is one of my learn to do items.

    Do you give lessons? :)

  3. The pillow looks great! I would love to learn how to sew, but I'm afraid I won't have the patience for it.

  4. Good job so far! Once you get the hang of it, you will be addicted for sure! Sewing allows you to be so creative. Get ready to soon have a weakness for a giant collection of fabrics....

  5. Great job! I am really hoping to learn to sew soon. Thanks so much for your comments tip - I may have to look into that.

  6. That is so great! I wish I knew how to sew! There are so many cute things that seem like they could be made pretty easily (like draperies), but of course it must be time consuming! :)

  7. Good for you!!!