How to Recycle a Vintage Sheet into a Spring Dress

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I usually show a before picture of my refashion projects, but I’m pretty sure ya’ll know what a bed sheet looks like, so I skipped it this time.  I’m often on the hunt for sheets at the thrift stores because they yield the most fabric for the dollar.  I scored a king size Ralph Lauren sheet for only $5.  The floral pattern reminded me of the chintz trend in the 80’s.  If you are a child of the 80’s like I am, then you probably remember chintz on couches, curtains and clothes.  It was everywhere!

I used Christine Hayne’s Emery dress pattern to upcycle the sheet because it’s a classic, vintage inspired pattern that suited the floral pattern.  I’ve seen many fabulous dresses made with this pattern in various prints – tribal, modern, floral.  It’s a versatile pattern I know I will be using for many future sewing projects.

How to recycle a sheet into a dress - I made sure the center the pattern on the bodice and skirt.

This bedsheet had a huge repeat in the pattern, so I had to be careful cutting the fabric.  I wanted the darker floral bouquets to be the center of attention, so I centered the bouquets on the front and back of the bodice and skirt.

How to recycle a bed sheet into a vintage inspired spring dress.

How to recycle a bed sheet into a spring dress. I scored the sheet at the thrift store for only $5.

Ugh, my pale legs are in desperate need of a tan.  At the last minute, I omitted the sleeves for a lighter look.  As much as I loved the floral pattern, it was too much of a good thing with the sleeves.  This was my first time sewing a lining in the bodice, and it was a breeze with the easy-to-follow instructions.  I love how the simple silhouette highlights the pretty floral pattern.  It’s a classic dress that’s modern and fresh.

I encourage you to look for sheets for your next upcycle project.  They are great for dresses that require lots of yardage and come in many patterns.  Most sheets are 100% cotton and wear well.  You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck by upcycling bed sheets.

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There are 25 comments for this article
  1. afrugalspinster at 5:08 am

    I found a large piece of floral yardage at a thrift store. I didn’t look closely at it when I chose it. But when I came home and started laying out my pattern I realized that it was a sheet. I love its soft floral print and crisp texture. I always get compliments when I wear it but I’m a little concerned that someday someone will say I have sheets just like your dress.

  2. afrugalspinster at 5:08 am

    I found a large piece of floral yardage at a thrift store. I didn’t look closely at it when I chose it. But when I came home and started laying out my pattern I realized that it was a sheet. I love its soft floral print and crisp texture. I always get compliments when I wear it but I’m a little concerned that someday someone will say I have sheets just like your dress.

  3. vintage51 at 12:08 pm

    This is so gorgeous…how great is that fabric? You did an amazing job of sewing this and placing the pattern. Terrific job…note to self…hunt for vintage sheets is now on. Cheers, Michele

  4. vintage51 at 12:08 pm

    This is so gorgeous…how great is that fabric? You did an amazing job of sewing this and placing the pattern. Terrific job…note to self…hunt for vintage sheets is now on. Cheers, Michele

  5. Helen Newton at 6:25 pm

    Just saw this on Refashion Co-op and wanted to tell you how much I liked it. I love classic styles and this has such a great classic line while looking fresh and modern. Your attention to getting the florals centered really make it top notch. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Now I’m off to check out the rest of your site. — HKN

  6. Helen Newton at 6:25 pm

    Just saw this on Refashion Co-op and wanted to tell you how much I liked it. I love classic styles and this has such a great classic line while looking fresh and modern. Your attention to getting the florals centered really make it top notch. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Now I’m off to check out the rest of your site. — HKN

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