Monday, April 16, 2012

Tiered Vintage Sheet Dress

Around a year ago, I started collecting vintage sheets and fabrics.  I shared my collection a while ago too.

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I know that I want to make a quilt with them eventually, but driving home from work one day, I had this vision in my head to make Layne's Easter dress with the pink one.  

I started out with this cute little top from Old Navy (Reg. $12.94 that I scored for 30% off and free shipping).


I took a total of about 4-5 hours {including two fights with my sewing machine and running out of white thread and having to resort to green}.  But this girl looked beautiful on Easter Sunday!

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I don't have a tutorial considering it was sewed on the Saturday morning and night before Easter!  But I will explain a bit on how it was made.  This probably won't be simple for a beginner, but someone who has some experience sewing should be able to pick this up:

The skirt was constructed with a plain rectangle of fabric.  I figure the width of the fabric by cutting a piece of elastic to Layne's waist measurement and stretching the elastic out and measuring it.  The length of the rectangle was just the length that I wanted to skirt to be.  

For the tiers of the skirt, I took the rectange width from above and multiplied it by 1.5 to give my tier widths.  Then I made them 6 inches long.  I hemmed one side and zig zag stitched the other.  Then I used my ruffle trick from my ruffle shorts tutorial to ruffle the top of the tier.  I repeated that 4 times to make four ruffles.  Then I sewed the edges of the tiers together to make a circle.

Then I stitched the top of my rectangle piece to my elastic by stretching and pinning the elastic to make sure it would be even.  Next, I stitched the side seam together to close the skirt.  I added the tiers starting at the top and overlapping the tiers slightly so you wouldn't see the sewing on each tier.

Attaching to the top was sort of tricky, but I pinned the skirt to each side and once in the front and back.  Then I created pleats and pinned the shirt to make sure it looked right.  

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Lastly, I sewed a simple 2" wide sash to wrap around and tie!

11 comments:

  1. This looks great, Sarah! Layne looks adorable.

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  2. Hi, I love this dress. Great job and you did it so simply. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a new follower and found you via Whatever Goes Wednesday. Love if you'd link it to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on now.

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  3. very nice! sure looks great on your daughter. I can see ya sewing her prom dress the day before also.. lol. That's how I roll!

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  4. This is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ create.craft.love.

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  5. This is seriously gorgeous. I love that it is made out of sheets. Thanks so much for linking up to my Feature Friday Linky Party. I am so making a dress like this:>

    Dnaielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  6. Hi Sarah; I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your new GF friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
    This is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wow. I absolutely LOVE your collection of vintage fabrics, and this dress could not be any cuter!! What a lucky little lady! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  8. This turned out adorable! Someday I will have a little girl I can dress up in pretty ruffles. Remember to link back if you would like to be featured for the DIY under $5 party.

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  9. That turned out great, the top is perfect for a dress!

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  10. OMG Sarah, this is so cute! I love it! You are so creative. I would love to have you do a guest tutorial on the Vintage Sheet Blog sometime. Something for kids would be awesome but anything you create would be amazing. Let me know if you are interested. :)

    Totally pinning this post. Thanks for sharing on the Vintage Sheet Blog Weekend Link Up Party.

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