Tutorial ~ Front Or Back Tie Pillowcase Dress

by Destri on March 31, 2012

Front Tie Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Hello friends!  Today I have a front tie or back tie option that I am excited to add to the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress collection.  Using a front tie is a great way to make a pillowcase dress look a little more formal, and a back tie is a great option for keeping little fingers from untying the bow.  You could of course use this idea for any pillowcase dress pattern, and I will explain how to do that as well.

Front Tie Pillowcase Dress

I made this dress to fit a size 4T so I made a big sash, to make a big bow – but you could make that sash any size you want.   I have a sizing guide for the fabric cuts you will make for a size 3 months on up to a 6T.  You also can use any kind of fabric cut for the dress panels, and I have included a budget friendly fabric buying guide for buying off the bolt to make this dress. Catch me after the jump for the full tutorial!

Front Tie or Back Tie Pillowcase Dress Pattern

Use the Sizing Chart and Cutting Guide that includes measurements for 3 months on up to 6T (or even older) to determine the fabric cuts, and the Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress Tutorial as a supplement to this tutorial.  You can read through the directions first and then using the print button at the bottom of each post delete text and photos that you don’t need from each to save on ink.

After you have made your fabric cuts, follow the directions of the original tutorial, assembling one front/back piece using 4 panels and finishing seams as instructed.  Then assemble two of the opposite panels to give you two sides like shown in the picture.

Place the two sides together, right sides together.  Making sure that you are working on the top part of the panel, and place a pin three inches from the top of the inside edge where you will sew the two sides together.

Now sew the two panels together on that inside edge, starting 3 inches down the side where the pin is.  Make sure to back stitch, and then finish the seam with a zigzag stitch or serger.

With a hot iron, press open the 3 inch section, folding over about a 1/4 inch as shown.

Now fold over another 1/4 inch and press. You can see the gradual curve from the seam, where you have folded it.

Now sew down each fold meeting at the point.

Now follow the original tutorial from the point of having both sides assembled with the 4 panels, starting at the point of adding the bottom panels.

You will continue on this tutorial at the casing.

For the casing fold the top edges over 1/4 inch on the front and back.

Then fold over 3/4 to 1 inch depending on the tie you will be using.  For a larger sash type like I used for this dress, fold over 1 inch.  For a smaller ribbon (I used 1/2 inch double fold bias tape) like the original fold over 3/4 of an inch.

Now sew it up forming the casing, making sure to leave the 6 ends open to allow for threading the tie.

Front Tie Pillowcase Dress Pattern

To make the sash for this dress I sewed together some of the remnants of the fat quarters making a long strip measuring 48″ x 2½”.  Then I folded all the edges over a 1/4 inch twice and sewed up the edges.  For the tips, I just folded over one corner and sewed to make an angled tip.

To create the casing at the top on a single panel pillowcase dress, cut a 3 inch slit in the middle at the top.  Use double fold bias tape to enclose the raw edges where you cut.  Then complete the dress casing as described above.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.  And just in case you’re curious, I bought the fat quarter bundle for this dress at Joann’s Fabric 2 years ago. I have seen the bottom panel fabric at Hancock Fabric recently, so it’s still around.

I hope you have fun with this version, and as always – thank you for reading and your support!


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