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 make this dress 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.
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.
At the last minute, I left out 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.Follow my blog with Bloglovin