A wee bit of story and some more pictures!
Pillow case dresses seemed the perfect project for the swamped auntie who needs a present (my SIL said she preferred handmade, I was committed). The tute I relied on in the main (can I never just follow directions?) said it was a 45 minute job: http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2004/06/done_is_better_.html and I quite agree that it would have been if only I had some colorful pillow cases and wasn't a ham handed silly head. But we rescued, we rescued!
I tried to get some interesting pillowcases but found none at our local goodwill. This led to all sorts of interesting chaos. "No problem," I says to myself. I will make me some lovely bias tape from the fabric that most suits me niece and put on some e-z applique" But, oh, what a ham-handed mess I made of it! Wrong folding, wrong size and wrong sewing.
So I made the dress twice. Second time looked much nicer around the binding. And my 3YO saved the first one by agreeing to adorn it with her drawings (I had some fabric pens and an embroidery hoop, phew!) So now her cousin will have a pillow case dress and a coordinating pillow case smock, or?
I put wee blue bits near the intersection of the hem and side seams:
And a sort of medallion with (more messy!) contrasting stitching:
Maybe the first one is better? Eek. Here are more pics and I promise an action shot if I get one from my SIL.
Whatcha think? Tips on applique, bias tape, everything! most welcome!
P.S. I almost forgot the ode to bias tape! It really really makes a difference if you cut it on the bias, it went on like creme, like butter, like frosting! It just curved right to the fabric ... after I followed the instructions of course ;-) I just gotta find my own way I guess.