Monday, May 20, 2013

Lavender Lovelies - Vintage Pillowcase Dresses

My best friends recently brought me a treasure of an estate sale find - two gorgeous matching vintage pillowcases!  Although purple isn't usually my favorite color, these lavender floral pillowcases are truly lovely.  

The pillowcases have a pretty floral print that gets a bit larger as you move towards the open end and then finishes with a scalloped edge border in solid lavender.  Also, the fabric is crazy pick up your baby and hold her just because her dress feels super awesome.

The craziest part is that I believe the actual pillowcases were handmade as well!  There weren't any factory finished edges inside, which makes me wonder!  I'm thinking it's pretty awesome if they were handmade and then I reused them to make something else handmade!  

I was originally going to take the lazy route and just make the simplest version of a pillowcase dress with some grosgrain ties, but after my little revelation about the handmade nature of these pillowcases, I decided to spend the extra time and put some effort into it :)  I used the leftover fabric from the top to make the ties.

I also lined the dresses which makes them look so much nicer.  I stuck with the theme and used some fabric cut from a thrifted white sheet for the lining.  White sheets are definitely my go-to fabric for linings!

I love bold modern prints too, but mostly the simple beauty of a vintage floral is what makes me happy.  The girls seem to be quite happy with them as well :)

This picture.  It stops my heart a little bit.  I love these girls.  I love making them things that they can hopefully pass on to their own daughters someday.  This is why I sew.


  1. I love fun finds like that! The dresses turned out great :)

    Kayla @

  2. These are so gorgeous - what a great idea!

    I would love for you to link up at the Empty Your Archive party which has children's clothes as one of it's themes this week - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x


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