Monday, April 13, 2009

Vintage sewing & pillowcase dresses, apron skirts

Business is kind of slow right now so I ventured into a few antique stores this weekend and got some new ideas. I will make some pillowcase dresses, tops, and apron skirts. I saw some pillowcases that had beautiful blue handembroidered edges/tatting. I think they would look great with a monogram in at the top of the dress. I did not buy those pillocases, but email me if you are interested in something like that.

I think these ladies hankerchiefs pictured below are beautiful and decided they would make up into great apron skirts. I will use a coordinating gingham for the main skirt and sew the hankerchif on to look like an apron. They will look great with just a plain white tee. I will sell each skirt for $29. shipping will be $3 Email me if you would like one and I can make it in your size Sold
Antique hankerchiefs with gingham fabric Sold

This is an example of an apron skirt. I do have the patchwork fabric below if you are interested in that fabric - but this is NOT my skirt. I am just using this image to give an example. I can make a skirt with any fabric with added embillishments like pom poms.

Next I found 2 matching handembroidered pillowcases. I am going to sew these into pillowcase dresses. I will use grossgrain ribbon for the ties. The length of the dress will be 28 inches. I can make it shorter but I can not make it longer. They would make darling matching sister dresses. Email me if you would like to purchase - I have only 1 set of these pillowcases. I will sell these dresses for $32. Shipping will be $3

Notice the beautiful tatting along the edge of the case

Below is a handembroiderd rose pillowcase dress. I think it coordinates well with the Amy Butler dot fabric. I plan to make this pillowcase into a top and make matching bloomers or shorts for the bottom. The top will look like a pillowcase dress it will just be made shorter to be a top. I will use grossgrain ribbon for the ties. Email me if you want to order - I have only 1 of this pillowcase. This set will be $42.

Antique pillowcase and orange dot fabric

Picture for a visual for a top and bloomer/short


  1. Did you send me an e-mail saying that you put the BDHQ button on your blog? If not- you need to so that I can put your name in the hat for the Spread the Word prize (a coach bag among other things is the prize). Thanks for spreading the word!

    On a different note, where did you score the vintage linens?! I keep hearing about the fairgrounds/flea market but have never been. I'm looking for vintage fabric to sew Dorothy's/Lael's window treatment in their room. An old chenille bedspread would be perfect but I don't know where to start the hunt. :-)