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Daffodil Tara Dress - recycled

Added Jul 31, 2010

by ara43

Pittsburgh, Penn...






I feel pretty darn cute in this dress.

I made it from two daffodil pillowcases I bought at Goodwill. The pillowcases were a matching pair except that the flowers on one were quite faded. I dyed the non-faded one a brighter yellow to make a two-tone dress. They were also very thin so I lined the dress with a third pillowcase and muslin.

This pattern is delightfully simple. It took me much longer than it should have because I had limited fabric (I was nervous about making a cutting error and not being able to finish) and because I lined it. I had never lined anything before and it took me longer to figure out than anticipated (as everything sewing-related does).

Again, I followed Grosgrain’s “A Frock by Friday” instructions.

Material Notes

3 thrifted poly-cotton blend pillowcases




Spring, Summer
Garment Type



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    Apr 23, 2012, 09.28 AMby henniem

    What a clever idea and excellent job! This dress is so pretty and i love the fabric :) Well done!

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    Feb 6, 2011, 09.37 AMby elisana

    love it!!!! would never have thought you used pillowcases to make this dress, how creative!

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    Sep 22, 2010, 01.57 PMby redslippers

    so very cool!! this is bloody brilliant use of pillowcases. it just works so well.

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    Aug 3, 2010, 10.36 AMby elthrudroad

    Beautiful fabric!!

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    Aug 1, 2010, 08.05 AMby bahrainbabe

    You are so creative and resourceful! The dress is flirty and summery and just plain cute.

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    Jul 31, 2010, 09.29 PMby thehouseofhearts

    What a beautiful dress! I am all about the recycled fabric. Nicely done. I am flattered to see you love your necklace. I’ll be keeping an eye on your creations as I need a kick in the pants to sew this summer.

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    Jul 31, 2010, 06.22 PMby magdamagda

    i love the big flowers print and the colour is just a delight, like everything else abt it actually!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 05.50 AMby fabricaddict

    This dress is beautiful – can’t believe it was pillow cases! and well done with the dyeing – the whole process was well worth it, it’s so pretty!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 04.42 AMby mischi

    Oh the yellow is so cheerful and lovely – your recycling is so resourceful – I never would have imagined that you could get enough fabric from a pillow case for a dress!

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