Ola Jane Patterns: Sew Flouncy Tiered Pillowcase Dress

I have a confession... most beginning seamstresses start with pillowcase-style dresses.  I've been sewing for nearly two years now and this is my first time sewing this style of dress.  It doesn't matter whether you are a new seamstress or experienced, the Sew Flouncy by Ola Jane Patterns (formerly Foot Loose and Fancy Free Patterns) is so much more than a basic pillowcase dress.  For starters, it's a 3-tiered dress and has 3 neck options: double bows, single side bow, or button closure.  Its professional finishing techniques take your sewing to the next level.

Choose different fabrics for each tier or use the same fabric throughout.  I absolutely love both versions I sewed.

  This red, white and blue one is perfect for a 4th of July picnic at the park.

Of course, I had to make a solid colored version as well and this eyelet is perfection.  
The scalloped hem detail of the eyelet is icing on the cake.

Let's delve into the pattern details, shall we?

Yes, you read that right --  only 1 tiny pattern piece to print!! My printer was thankful for the break. 
I also really love the professional finishing techniques.  All of the side seams are french seams -- no exposed edges.  The armhole bindings are topstitched with a decorative feather stitch or you can use a double straight stitch.  There are also instructions on how to understitch the binding which really helped it lay better while topstitching.

This dress goes together rather fast!  There are tips included to getting your gathers even as well.   At the beginning of the pattern, there is a section on straightening up your fabric which is helpful for cutting the tiers.

Oh, and the twirl!!!  Yes, my tiny dancer had a ball twirling around!

So how's the fit?  I have to say, I'm really happy with the fit. My daughter is skinny and I often have to sew her a smaller-sized width.  The sizing measurements list gives you the finished length of the dress so based on that, I chose to sew a size 3 for my 3 year old.  Because the neckline is gathered, the fit is completely customizable!  

For this yellow dress, I used a gorgeous eyelet material with a scalloped hem, purchased at Hancock Fabrics.  Not only is the hem beautiful, but I also saved time by not having to hem it!  I used yellow satin ribbon to tie at each shoulder, making construction even faster.

This perfectly patriotic version came together with This 'N That by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex Fabrics (in Dew Drops Rose and Elements Cobalt) and Riley Blake Fabrics (Star Spangled Stripes Fireworks White).  I made a single fabric tie out of my leftover red tier.

I think it's safe to say from the million pics in this post, that I love this pattern.  I was able to create two totally different looks just by changing my fabric selections.  In no time at all, you will be done sewing and your daughter will be out twirling.  

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22 comments on "Ola Jane Patterns: Sew Flouncy Tiered Pillowcase Dress "
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  2. I don't know what I would sew first, it's all cute!

  3. I would definitely sew the sew flouncy!!!

  4. I would make the reversible bonnet first. DD needs one for summer!

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  6. I would probably make the sew twirly first

  7. The Kanzashi fabric flowers! Those are adorable!

  8. I would totally try this new one first! And I'd have to find some eyelet fabric too, because it's beautiful

  9. Oh! I need to make this... and hope that some of my 1yd stragglers of fabric will work! :) You did a lovely job.

  10. Sew flouncy tiered sundress, definitely! So flippin cute!!

  11. I would make the A line jumper first - so cute and practical!

  12. I would make a one of the dress's first, but would have my granddaughter pick out the pattern. Thanks for the chance at an awesome give away:)

  13. Sew Flouncy. Lovely patterns. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I love the yellow dress - so gorgeous! I think I'd either start with that or the vintage bathing suit

  15. I think it would be the Sew Cool for miss 13, Sew Sassy Skirt for miss 11, Sew Dapper for mstr 6 and the Sew Girly Tutu dress for miss 2.

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  17. I'd make the 'Sew Flouncy' first! I love your version in yellow eyelet. I have some pink eyelet that would be perfect for it!

  18. The "Sew Twirly" tiered peasant dress

  19. I was just doing two pillowcase style dresses. Will switch to this one now. Way cute with the tiers. Great give a way. :)

  20. I would make the "SEW ADORABLE" Shirred Underdress!


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