Wednesday, May 26, 2010

super-duper cute and easy pillowcase halter top

I bought this vintage pillowcase for two dollars at the thrift store yesterday. First I tried making a camisole and attaching it to a camisole to make a dress...I didn't at all like the way it looked. So I ripped it apart and this morning before I took my eldest to school I made this!!

I will write a tutorial and take pics when I make another one. Here is a brief description of how I did it. I measured around her just under her arms. I added two and a half inches to that length. I cut a band about 6-8 inches wide from big sister's worn out jeans. Folded it in half and made a tube which I then reversed.

I made two straps and sewed them against the back on the middle front.

Then I cut the pillowcase off to shirt length. Yesterday when I took the dress apart I discovered that the fabric is a bit fragile, so I made a nice wide triple thick hem on the top. I cut a access slit in the back which I hemmed and then reinforced with some gross grain ribbon. Then I made a gather stitch and gathered it to fit the band. I made sure that the medallion center of the pillow trim lined up with front and center. I sewed the pillow case to the top edge of the band so that it hangs out from underneath the band (does that make sense?)

I've been finding lots of handmade pillow case lace lately which I can find in baggies for less than a dollar. I cut some, used a tight zigzag to stop the raveling and then sewed it to the top front of the band.

Then I added a button hole and button and tada!!

I am sharing this at:

My Backyard Eden: Make it Yours Day

Its So Very Cheri: Spotlight Yourself

Nicki's Nifty Knacks: Getting Crafty on Hump Day

House of Hepworths: Hookin' Up HOH

The Train to Crazy: Make it, Wear it!

Fireflies and Jellybeans: Show off Your Stuff

Somewhat Simple: Strut Your Stuff

The Shabby Chic Cottage: Transformation Thursdays

Life as Lori: Get Your Craft On Thursday

Beyond the Picket Fence: Under $100 Linky Party

Under the Table and Dreaming: Sunday Showcase Party

Craft Envy: Saturday Spotlight

Along for the Ride: Saturday is Crafty Day

Finding Fabulous: Frugalicious Friday

Debbiedoos: Garage Sale Partay

Lit and Laundry: Finished for Friday

A Vision to Remember: Check Me Out Saturday



  1. That top is so cute!! I might start making some of Lawson's old pillow case dresses into halter tops. I am over the pillowcase dresses...I think.

  2. It certainly is a super-duper cute top! Lovely vintage look to it!

  3. Anonymous1:06 PM

    I like it very much. I turned out really cute. Very elegant looking. Mom

  4. How very, very cute. xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

  5. This is so great
    i cant believe it that it started as pillow case.
    Ur girl is adorable too

    Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment

  6. Anonymous7:31 PM

    Please, please, please make a couple for my daughter. so cute! love you sis!


  7. Please post a tutorial - I have a girl who would love one of these.

  8. That is super cute! And I love your pics! I love the smell of those bearded iris!
    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the tutorial!

  9. awesome! your daughter is adorable! I'm visiting from f&j.

  10. Now that is just too cute! Your daughter is darling too! : )

  11. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Very pretty!

  12. That is AWESOME!!!! Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!!!! :)

  13. So cute! What a fun little summer top! I stopped by from the Shabby Chic Cottage. =)

  14. Well this is just adorable. That pillowcase is super cute and I love the top you made it into! Nice job. :)

  15. This is gorgeous! I love the detail at the bottom!

  16. Om goodness, I want a top like that...that is adorable!~ How creative to come up with something so cute and trendy. Your pictures are fabulous too...your daughter is adorable. Thanks for linking up to the party. I hope you have fun enjoying the others as well. Have a wonderful, safe holiday weekend.

  17. This is just adorable! And your cute little girl is the perfect model! I have a cute little niece who is 1 1/2, and this idea would be perfect for a sun dress for her! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Anonymous7:47 AM

    How clever MoM and she is adorable!

  19. Wow, what a creative use for vintage linens. You are also such an inspiring photographer. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  20. Oh how cute! The pictures are adorable in themselves. Great job!


  21. That is so cute! Maybe you can figure out how to make one for yourself.

  22. Absolutely clever and adorable. Visitingyou from Debbie's and I'm really glad I did!

    Your daughter is adorable!

  23. That is so precious and sweet--thanks for sharing!

  24. AS IF!!!! That is just about the awesomest!! I've done the whole pillow case dress thing....but this is so cute!!!! Way to go!!

  25. This is gorgeous! So clever and creative. Great vinatge pillowcase - the details are fabulous. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  26. This is so cute! Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Hi Melissa! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your halter top today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  28. Love the Pillowcase Halter Top! What a Great Idea. I'll have to make one for myself!