How to Sew Pillowcase Dresses and Tops

What can be more intriguing than to stitch our clothes and that too using pillowcase!! Usually, pillowcase dresses are stitched for young girls, but even older ones can get one stitched.

Many people get quite fascinated when they want to stitch pillowcase dresses and quite rightly so! It is quite interesting to stitch them.

Talking about these pillowcase dresses and tops’ advantages are that you can stitch it is relatively less than a day (Sit a Sunday chitchatting with your loved ones and stitching these lovely dresses).

Talking about one of the most valuable things in the world after time, money is hardly an issue. These dresses are inexpensive and a reason why many prefer it!

Also, you get to be your designer! What is more advantageous than this perk. Design as you wish. Use your favorite colors and patterns. Ensure that you are stitching one of the loveliest dresses ever. So, without any further ado, let us begin!


  • ½ – 1 meter of fabric, which depends upon the dress size.
  • ¼ meter fabric for dress band (if you are planning to use one).
  • Two meters of ½ inches wide ribbon.
  • Double fold bias tape (Extra wide is preferable).
  • Sewing machine and accessories.
  • Tube Turning Tool.
  • Safety pins.
  • Fray check.
  • Seam Gauge.
  • Pen/Pencil/Chalk.


Before you start stitching a pillowcase dress/top, you need to take a few measurements (preferably in inches) for the one whom you are stitching.

  1. Width of the collarbone.
  2. Length from center of the collarbone to the dress length (you can decide the dress length according to your convenience).
  3. Distance from collarbone to 1-½ to 2″ below the underarm.
  4. Hip measurement.

For a Pillowcase Dress with a 3″ Band:

  • Measurement I = Neckline width
  • Measurement II = II – 1.5’’ = Main Body Length
  • Measurement III = III + 1.5’’ = Armhole
  • Measurement IV = (IV × 1.75’’)/2’’ = Main Body Width

For a Top or Dress with a Band:

There will be the following cut pieces:

  • Two primary body pieces = II” × IV.”
  • Two band pieces = 6″-6½” × IV.”
  • One strap piece that is usually 2½” -3″ of fabric.

Once you are thorough with the measurements, you need to do the cutting. You can either use scissors and a ruler or use a rotary cutter. Use it according to your convenience.

Once you are done with all the cuts, make curved armholes on the main body pieces. Place one main body piece on the surface such that the top edge of the main body piece is at the top.

Now, fold the right edge of the main body piece over the left edge. Ensure proper alignment of the edges and corners. Measure the neckline (I) width to the left of the fold, and mark with a pen/pencil/chalk. Now, mark main body length (III), down from the top of the main body piece to all along the unfolded left edge.

Now, join these two marks with a curve. Trim the remaining part and discard one of the scrap pieces. Fold the remaining main body piece similarly as mentioned before and use the remaining armhole scrap as a template to trim away the armhole on this main body piece.

Sewing the Garment

Firstly, place the two main body pieces together. Right sides should be facing each other such that the sides align with each other. Pin them if required.

Now, stitch along these side edges considering a ½″ seam. Finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. Press this seam to the back.

Now, cut two lengths of extra bias tape, which would be equal to the armholes’ length. Further, fold the top edge of the dress under ¼″ and press. Continue to fold under an additional ½” to 1″ and press.

Furthermore, stitch along the bottom folded edge. It should form a casing. For a dress/top with a band, place the two band pieces together such that the right sides are facing each other. Align the short and long ends, respectively. Pin if necessary.

Now, stitch along the two short ends. Ensure an allowance of ½” seam and press them open. Fold the piece such that the wrong sides of the piece are facing and press them. Folding must be half in length.

Now, pin the circular band piece, preferably to the lower edge of the Lightbody’s side of t Stitch this band to the main body. Ensure a ½″ to 1″ seam allowance. Finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch. Press the seam towards the main body and topstitch above the seam.

Further, fold the strapping piece in half lengthwise. The right sides must be facing each other. Just ensure that you are stitching along one of the shorter ends and the longer edge with a ¼″ to ½” seam allowance.

Please be a bit extra cautious during this step. Trim the seam to 1/8″ to 1/6″. Now, use a tube turning tool to turn the piece. Turn it towards the right-side and outwards. After pressing, topstitch the pieces.

Use a safety pin to pull the strap through the front. Now, back the top casing and secure it with a pretty bow.

Voila! You are pretty much done with a pillowcase dress!

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