If you’re a fan of Chick-fil-a, you know that last week was Cow Appreciation Day. And what does that mean?? You can drop $30 on fabric so you can make outfits and earn yourself a free lunch (which, said lunch probably would have only cost $20…. seems about right) – we LOVE dressing up each year. I wanted to step up our outfits this year…
Way back in 2009 I used cow fabric to make my girls some simple skirts. They’ve been wearing them each year since – I thought that the size 2T skirts should finally be retired this year, seeing as the girls are 8 and 6 years old…. here’s 2009, for your reference:
So – the day before Cow Appreciation Day, I swung by and grabbed some fabric. I had thought I’d do simple peasant dresses for the girls the next morning, but then I realized that even easier than that would be pillowcase dresses – perfect! And they can grow with the girls – as the dresses get to short, they can turn into tunic tops. I was able to make 2 pillowcase dresses for them, one pillowcase tunic for me, and a pair of shorts for my oldest, all before we headed for lunch at 11am. Phew!!
I made these just like regular pillowcase dresses, but added the pop of pink on the trim and casing. I talk about how to make that on my Shirred Pillowcase Dress Tutorial – so you can follow that, just don’t do the contrasting band across the middle or the shirring. Actually, if you did a middle band in pink it would be super cute – I was just trying to make them really fast and so it was basics for me.
Love when they enjoy getting their picture taken!
Shorts whip up so easy – the shorts pattern from Dana at MADE is my go-to – love it!!
Trying to take pictures with a 10 year old boy is crazy. Me “what are you doing do there?!” Him “posing – take my picture like I’m a cow”
Me: “how about turning around so I can see the fit in the back” Him: stick out rear and giggle.
For me, I just made the same pillowcase-type dress like I did for my girls, but I was low on fabric, so it’s more of a tunic top than a dress. For my preschooler, we borrowed a cow costume, so he didn’t need anything. I put my second grader in charge of making ears on headbands for everyone – she just cut out felt and hot glued it on. It was a fun time!
So if you ever need a quick cow outfit – or any theme really, as long as you can find fabric for it – go with a pillowcase dress. I love how it’s a costume, but it can be everyday wear also. Super cute, Super easy