Have you tried making a pillowcase dress yet? No? Well, you should. You really, really should. They are so quick and satisfying (oh, to start and finish a project in an hour!), pillowcase dresses are the perfect way to get back into your groove if you've taken a hiaitus from sewing clothes.
I mean, when I wasn't even planning this weekend, look what happened:
A little dress for ellie, our neighbor, for her first birthday. She is about as big as our two-year-old Fidget, who is on the small side for everything (but head circumference -- don't get me started about delivering that child while the OB is saying, my, that's a big head!). Watching the two of them together is so sweet. Anyway, Fidge thought this strawberry ruffled one was for her. The one I made her last year is more than a wee bit short. It's more of a swingy top now.
"Dis is my dress, mommy. You made my dress!" How could I not make her one of her own? She'll only be this enthusiastic about mom-made clothes for so long. Fortunately, I had an extra hour that night and was able to oblige her.
A few weeks ago I had stopped by Joanne's and found this fabric that looked like vintage table cloth... I had bought a bit of it for this very purpose, but had forgotten all about it. I folded it in half, sewed it up like a pillowcase and then deconstructed it into a dress. I think it's a keeper.
So. Two dresses in two days. I kind of feel like Lera. Or Jade, who makes these particular dresses faster than you can blink. There are several tutorials out in blogland for these dresses. So you have no excuse not to make one, too. This is the one I used, but Stacy also has a good one, with diagrams...