Girl's Fashion Tutorials | Sewing

How to Make a Dress in One Hour (or less!)

Want to make a dress in one hour (or less?)  Well I have good news for you!  I have just updated my pillowcase dress pattern to include larger sizes!  This latest pattern will fit girls sizes 2 to 16.

free dress pattern

The old pattern only went up to a size 8, which we were long past fitting into.

What’s great about a pillowcase dress is how easy and fast they are to make.  These little dresses are perfect project for those of us who have maybe lost our sewing mojo.  Nothing better than making something adorable in less than an hour.

Yes, you can totally make a pillowcase dress in less than an hour!

sew a dress in one hour

In fact, after I finished sewing my daughter’s dress, I sewed up a 2nd one (in different fabric) for our little niece.

I made the second dress in less than 50 minutes and that includes cutting out the fabric, looking up the measurements on my web page, cutting the straps twice because I was rushing and did it wrong the 1st time, having to stop to wind a bobbin, ironing and finishing the dress completely.  I even paused the process to take a few photos to document a step missing in the original tutorial.

The only time saving step was to use premade bias tape around the armholes.

Watch me make the dress in this fun little time warp video. Please excuse the no hair, no make up, house dress version of me – If I waited ’til all was perfect I would never do anything, lol.  (This is just a fun video, not a how-to video.)


My missy is asking for me to add elastic around the waist of her dress.  Stay tuned, I may do a little tutorial on how to add an elastic waist to a pillowcase dress.  (It’s easy and the older girls prefer it.)

Make a Girl's Dress in an hour or less with this free Dress Pattern. Fits girls size 2 to 16!

Free Pillowcase Dress Pattern

I’ve had this fabric in my stash for years.  I was planning to make placemats with it, but since it was one of my few cuts of fabric that was 2 yards, I went ahead and used it for her dress.

Sure wish I had a bit more to make something for myself.  It’s just so pretty.  (The fabric is called So St. Croix by Jennifer Paganelli from Free Spirit Fabrics.  Almost impossible to find now.)

Don’t forget to grab the latest version of the pattern here and sew your missy a pretty dress for Mother’s Day!

I included the next photo, just to prove they are never too old or dressed too pretty to play in the dirt, lol.

Also, we left the back door open and both kitties decided to join us!

Make a Girl's Dress in an hour or less with this free Dress Pattern. Fits girls size 2 to 16!

If you end up making one of these, be sure to come back and share an image to my facebook page or tag me on instagram using #scatteredmompatterns.

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