Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sew Sunday: Three Sheets to the Wind

Apologies for the poor image quality, my camera doesn't do well at night

Or rather, just the one.

Seriously though, I had the most brilliant idea that I got from the lovely Meghan of Meg's Ragged Edge. She makes many of her own clothes, including some mega cute dresses, out of thrifted fabrics. Some of them have been thrifted sheets. A crafter's secret for fabric on the cheap.

When the DH and I got married, we were gifted three sheets sets. One of which was a black jersey sheets set that the DH hated to sleep on. I liked 'em because they feel like just like a soft tee shirt, y'know the one you always grab on weekends and comfy days. So it's sat around being unused.

I stumbled across the fitted sheet over the weekend. Flopping it around in attempt to fold it, I eventually tossed it across my shoulders while cleaning up. I passed by the mirror and realized, huh - it kind of looked like a bubble hem, and I can't remember who was posting about bubble hems, but I remembered reading the post (I never remember to bookmark things, please comment if it was you!).

Layered up 
I grabbed my MIL's mannequin and started draping. I thought about stealing Sal's idea of taking a piece of jersey and making two holes as a long vest, but further experimentation led me to cut arm holes and a neck hole. I rolled a hem and using my stretchy stitch sealed them around, then did a gather at the shoulders.
Front and back

Add a belt or my harness and it's a funky dress. I haven't decided if I want to stitch together the hemline any to make it wearable on its own, because I like the layering possibilities so far. But I am thinking of some additional seams to have a little more structure to the bodice. I'm out of black thread though, so it may wind up with orange seams - hmm!

Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater! I took a sheet and made it neater! What do you think of my sheet dress - repurposed chic or keep it in the bedroom?

26 comments:

  1. That's great! I love it. Very industrious. I once made a dress out of an antique flour sack. It was just enough bigger than a pillow case that it fit all the way around my hips. I loved that dress and wore the heck out of it. I hope you'll get a lot of wear out of this one!

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  2. Megan Mae, you are just awesome! I love it - you've created a wonderfully dramatic silhouette with this amazing repurposing, and I adore your hat, purple jeans and Eject boots. Nicely done!

    Bubble hems were featured recently by the wonderful women of Dylan's Dress and Highly Irregular Style (the latter with tulle and teacup).

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    1. Dylan's Dress! That's who it was. I read so many blogs some days, and something will click in my head later but I'll forget the source. Thanks for the heads up!

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  3. Very cool! I love the bubble hem and the asymmetry.

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  4. I want this so much. I wish I hadn't cut up my black sheet already. Those boots are fabulous and I love your star necklace. :-)

    I really envy your harness belts. I feel like I would wear that all the time, but the style and the attention it might attract make me nervous. I might have to try and get over that.

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    1. I really like my harness belt, but I will admit to having gotten both really great responses and really rude ones. I have a pretty tough skin for rude comments on my clothes.

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  5. Megan--BRILLIANT!!! It looks like a designer dress!! Seriously--if you hadn't told me you made it from a sheet I'd have never known it!
    I also adore sheets for projects. I made shepherd outfits for our christmas program out of thrifted sheets--far more affordable.
    I have a gorgeous floral that's earmarked for a maxi dress for next summer!
    I like to pick up vintage pillowcases for the fabric for quilts and such.

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  6. You are so talented AND beautiful! I would never ever have guessed that it was made from a sheet. I saw in some magazine that harnesses are really in right now. You were cool and wore them before they were officially in. That makes you a trendsetter.
    You look like you could fit right in on an episode of Firefly onboard the Serenity.

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  7. WOW Definitely Repurposed-Chic. You got talent. I like it with the harness but I love how you are wearing it today with the fedora. Funky, cool, different!!

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  8. Well, your weekend post *definitely* doesn't disappoint! This is great. So clever - the look with the harness is my favourite. I love how you came across the idea accidentally too. I used a duvet cover to make a curtain and thought that was daring, but my lovely - you take it to a whole different level of creativity :-)

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  9. Love it! I think it was a great way to re-use a sheet like that! I wish I could sew, I'm always so impressed by the things that you do!!

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  10. I love it, too. Of course, your amazing figure makes anything look good - even bed sheets :) But you did a great job of discovering what the fabric does best on you. It looks like a much more expensive funky, modern dress.

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  11. I think this is awesome, and you should definitely wear it as is. You can always stitch it up later, if you so choose.

    I totally approve of repurposing!

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  12. I love this look! Audi immediately sprang to mind when I saw this look, and it's great on you, too! Growing up, Freeda and I had a lot of matching dresses my mom made from sheets. I need to see if I can get Mom to dig out some of those old photos... I would love to post some.

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  13. I'm very impressed by this refashioning. I can imagine all sorts of styling possibilities and jersey is comfy!

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  14. What a cool dress and amazing talent to whip it together! I love it layered over the jeans.

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  15. You are so fabulous! I love that this gorgeous dress was made out of a sheet! And it sounds so comfy with that jersey fabric. You did an amazing job Megan!

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  16. Holy, I love this so much! How amazing! Love it worn with and without the harness!

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  17. I love this sheet dress too! This is awesome. I like it as is but will be curious to see if you do anything else to it.

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  18. Very, very cool, Megan. You look fantastic in your MMD designer sheet dress. Who knows what the pillow cases will offer up to your creativity!

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  19. This is awesome! I NEVER would have thought that the dress was a sheet! Even now, knowing that it is, it's hard to believe!

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  20. Very cool dress, looks great with the hat!

    XO Arezu

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  21. that's super creative! I love the end result with the harness, such a great idea!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  22. I utterly love this. awesome.

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  23. Megan, waaaaay cool!! You look so awesome in just everything. This is genius!

    I think it was me about the bubble hems. http://dylansdress.blogspot.com/2012/10/styling-bubble-dress.html

    Was it that?

    Anyhoo, I have enjoyed catching up with your blog this evening. Life's been BUSY!! Yikes!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  24. I adore this...it looks so amazingly cute, can't even think of it as a sheet.
    LOVE

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