Bridesmaid dress, revisited

Look out readers: I have a few Sewing Rogue posts up my sleeve! I had to save this one until after Christmas since it was a gift for my BFF, and I didn’t want her to see it before I gave it to her. Here we are about 7 years ago at her wedding:

I’m ordering people around I guess? It was the only picture I could find that showed the full dress, so deal with it.

Anyway, pretty dress, right? Everyone looked good in it. Well, unfortunately this dress has been collecting dust since that day, and its even moved with us a few times. It was time to revisit the dress! I wanted it to get the attention it deserved, instead of being packed up in our storage space all the time. So I decided to make a pillow out of it. Strangely enough, it matches BFF‘s bedroom decor, so it was a slam dunk.

First I got all my supplies:
-one bridesmaid dress with sash
-matching thread (I had thread to match the dress and the sash)
-matching 14″ zipper
-one 16″ square pillow fill
-pins

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I used this tutorial, which is really good. I’ll to my best to show my steps here. Sorry for the bad lighting, the sun was setting and I was really pushing the daylight on this one.

1. Iron the material

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2. Measure 16″ of the fabric and leave about 5/8″ on each side for a seam allowance (17 1/4″ total)
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3. Cut two of the squares and place them with right sides together.

4. Center the zipper on one of the sides and pin.
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5. Sew a 5/8″ seam from the very edge of the pillow to the top stop of the zipper. Do the same for the bottom stop of the zipper.
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6. Baste the zipper opening shut at a 5/8″ seam allowance. Press open with iron.
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7. Lay fabric out flat with right sides separate and facing down. Pin the zipper sides to the seam allowance you just ironed, keeping the zipper teeth centered over the seam.
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8. Using zipper foot on sewing machine, baste each side of the zipper to the seam allowance.
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9. Zipper is in! Now you just need to take out your basting stitches to show the zipper.
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There it is, little nugget!
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10. With right sides together, pin the other three sides and sew:
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11. Trim the corners so they aren’t so bulky:
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12. Stuff your pillow in!
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zipper works!
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13. Now time to do something with the contrasting sash. I found this tutorial for making a fabric flower and followed it to make this little navy rose. I used matching thread to hand-sew this little guy together.
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14. Then I took the pillow fill out of the pillowcase and hand-sewed the flower to the pillow. This was not a scientific process at all. I just wanted it to feel sturdy and I didn’t want seams to show.

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15. Tah-Dah!

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Here is is making its debut on our couch:

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Happy new year!!!

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4 thoughts on “Bridesmaid dress, revisited

  1. Jessica says:

    Genius and beautiful!

  2. joman says:

    I think I could do that, only one question, whats a iron ?

  3. Johanna says:

    LOVE IT!! Best present ever! I have been showing everyone that comes into my house. Literally brought it down to the dinner table at my mom’s birthday party. I’m obsessed with it. You’re the best. So thoughtful. xo

  4. Kim Favor says:

    You are amazing! Miss you lots!

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