When I was browsing the clearance fabric at Joann, I saw this rib knit in bright orange. I thought it was the perfect Halloween color. I had already made ghost Halloween dress for Baby Momo, and was not planning making a pumpkin dress. But since the ghost dress did not turn out as good as I like, and here there was the perfect orange color fabric in front of me, I decided to make a pumpkin dress. I had never sewn rib knit fabric, and was curious to know how it will turn out as dress too. I would never know if I did not try.
So the orange color fabric was made into another pillowcase dress:
I decided to add the pumpkin face after the dress is complete. First I wanted to see how the dress would turn out.
This time I referred to three pillowcase dress tutorials.
First, again I referred to Prudent Baby's Pillowcase Dress tutorial for the basic pattern and construction of the dress. This time I made the dress shorter and narrower to fit my baby Momo better.
Then I followed Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress tutorial from The Mother Huddle for making armholes. I liked the idea of not using the bias tapes. I think this especially worked fine for the knit fabric.
Lastly I followed Pillowcase Shirt tutorial from The Polkadot Chair for using elastic in the dress casing. I really like this idea, since the ribbons stay in the place and there is no choking worries!
I used starch spray on the fabric, and it really helped me sew the knit fabric.
I added ruffles on the bottom to make this a really cute dress.
I really like it that the knit fabric does not fray and I don't have to finish the edges.
I liked the dress as-is, and debated myself if I should add the jack-O-Lantern face to the dress. I thought about it for 1 day and decided to add a very simple face to the dress. After all, it is a pumpkin color dress and it is Halloween time.
Baby Momo will be wearing this dress on weekends in October.
I really like this rib knit fabric. I should have used this kind of fabric for the ghost dress too. Well, that is something I will do next year...