Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pillowcase Dressing

I did some sewing today! I know, I can't believe it either :) I do admit I'm a bit rusty with the old technique, but I was astonished at how utterly happy it made me feel to be at my sewing machine again.

So, how did it come about? Well, I have a much-loved duvet cover from Orla Kiely and matching pillow cases that I decided were way too over-powering all together... It is the most gorgeous design and I found myself musing on what a cute frock it would make. Then I came over all thrifty and decided I could make a complete frock from just one of them and still have the other up my sleeve, so to speak ;) Well, here is the finished frock and I actually like it.

The Mr said 'Are we going to the beach?'... the Little One said 'That's a house dress right?'... but thankfully, my big girl said 'Cool'... so, I'm going with 'cool' :))



Apologies for the appalling photo... did you know you have to dust mirrors?!

35 comments:

Tweed Delights said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the big print :)

I'm working on 'Hebridean time' this week, I got here eventually though!! :D
Alison

Angie said...

It is definitely COOL!

I can't believe you got that out of one pillowcase (or did I read that wrong?)

And you could lay down for a nap on your bed & be camouflaged!

Love it!

Kate Kelleher Blue Sky Butterfly Studio said...

Ha! Men/boys what do they know? I think it looks fantastic!

red or gray art said...

i am continually amazed at you ever changing talents..lovely handiwork

Ingrid Mida said...

I'd say it was totally fly!
Happy Valentine's Day Kylie.

Fine Little Day said...

How very lovely Kylie, that dress looks great and you look great as well in it. Good job :)!

Blueberry Park said...

Definitely cool! Not that I'm a teensy bit biased with the delights of Orla ;-) And when our wallpaper goes up in a few weeks I'll think of you and your beautiful dress xx

Anna Bartlett said...

That is a terrific dress. Really suits you. I doubt my body would actually fit in a pillowslip, so you are today's weight-loss inspiration. I want to wear one too! I'm now looking at my pillowcases in a whole new light.

Clair said...

I never you you had to dust mirrors. When did that happen? Love the dress though, it's amazing!

Vic said...

I am jealous that ONE pillowcase can make you a wearable dress....! ;)

"Cool" is right, I love it.

Kate said...

Wow that turned out so well! Gorgeous! Makes me want to break out and sing a bit of sound of Music. (The bit where she turns the curtains into clothes.)

Kristina Sostarko said...

Kylie, I agree - 'cool' is definately the way to go: it's beautiful! and it looks sensational on you! I love it. x

collectingfeathers said...

Ab fab darling. I want to make one as well. Could you tell us what pattern you used?

xxNick

Sally said...

WOW! Love it. I just can't figure out how you got enough material out of one pillow case?!?! You must be tiny.

Tania said...

I'm going with way cool. Even more so, when you get to sneak onto your bed for a quiet camouflage nap.

Sandrine said...

Way way cool for me too!Though I do not think I can fit in my pillow case?:P... :)

Kylie said...

Thanks everyone :) I should have mentioned, they are MASSIVE pillowcases!! There's the normal size pillow part and then a 8cm border around the outside, so please don't think I'm squeezing into something petite here ;) I didn't use a pattern Nick - I just cut and tweak it as I go I'm afraid. Thanks again for all your great comments! Kx

june at noon said...

It's really cute. Very breezy and summery and a great way to use your resources!

Leonie Guld said...

I LOVE IT!!!! Brilliant!!

gretchenmist said...

i'm in awe of how you just cut and make ~ it turned out so beautifully. {i can't even make things work with a pattern!}
it's great to keep the print alive too ~ very cool :)

tiel said...

it's great, i love it.....but what guts to cut up the linen set! I just couldn't do it.

caramela said...

What a fabulous job you did with this! I love it! and yes- very cool- I can't believe how you just whip something like that up!
Annamaria xx

Izabela said...

it is so lovely!

I definitely need sewing machine! and some old pillowcases are waiting to be my dress :)

handmade charlotte said...

that is great! orla keily sheets?very cool!

Jenifir said...

Definitely cool! What will you do with the other pillowcase?

at swim-two-birds said...

wow, that's a supernice dress, kylie!!! and it fits you well!

Jonesy said...

cute printed dress!

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mady dooijes said...

you look stunning kylie, what a fabulous dress!

Gina said...

Totally gorgeous Kylie - and I'm thrilled that you found it so happifying to sew.

But since when is it possible to make a dress out of a pillowcase?! I could make, um, maybe a thigh cosie?

Jane O Sullivan said...

love it :)
what a cute dress
love your blog too kylie ...so fresh and affirmative

handmade romance said...

i say cool too. i love how the big flower is positioned at the hip! its such a happy looking dress too : )

angela said...

That is definitely cool!!

Bird Bath said...

I think that turned out fabulous! Love the print and comfy style. Looks great on you, and I bet you get plenty of wear from it.
I do like the comment about camouflaging for a little nap too :)

rabbit and the duck said...

Love the dress! You are inspiring me to try my hand at making clothes : )

lisa :: the red thread said...

Super. Cool.