Thank you all for you responses to yesterday's post. The weather here was gray, raining on and off, making for reflection. Your stories are thought provoking and weighty. I appreciate you all.
If I may, a return to the pillowcase? I purchased the linen on Ebay specifically for the purpose of making a dress. The next challenge was finding someone who'd be having a baby girl in the near future. While I'm pretty sure I've found someone, I've yet to hear back from her. That's okay, though, because I have her mailing address. Heh.
Step one! The pieces I need to cut for this are very simple. I've traced them on notebook paper (because I'm a big fan of using what I have at hand if possible) and cut them out (NOT - I repeat NOT with the sewing scissors! Use paper scissors! I will track you down and cut off your fingers if you use the sewing scissors for anything but fabric! Ask Karen. She'll tell you. Or Tanya.).
Anywho, I've cut them from paper and pinned them to the case. See?
The front bodice, or yoke (the front top part of the dress) needs to be pinned on a fold. The tricky part here is making sure it's on the fold, not on the seam line. Pillowcases typically are constructed with a single seam on the side and one at the closed end. Use the side without the stitches! If you have trouble, fold the pillowcase in toward the middle, having the sides touch in the center. Or fold it in half. Can you see where the pattern piece says "Fold"? That side goes on the fold.
The only other pieces I'm working with are the sleeve, back bodice and small strips to bind the sleeves and neck. Oh, and the placket. Tricky little thing. We'll get to that later. It's the biggest bugaboo in all of this. The sleeve is the other one which will be placed on the fold. Again, it's a good idea to fold the case in on itself and place the sleeve, in order to get two sleeves without placing the sleeve twice and moving down the case.
Can you see it? The one on the right is the sleeve, placed on the fold. Then cut those bad boys out. The remaining fabric, above and between the pieces you've cut, will be enough for the strips you'll need. The pattern tells you how to cut the strips. Look:
See? I just used my tape measure to make strips cut one inch by nine for the sleeves, and almost two inches by ten for the neck. Once those are cut out, I slice the pillowcase across, just a tad, to even out the top edge. It will be the top edge of the skirt.
Tomorrow we sew. Really! It will take no time. We'll have a cute dress before you know it! Stay tuned!
Until I write again ...