Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Dress using a Vintage Sheet: a tutorial

Today I have a fun tutorial especially for the first of April.  It's a super-quick dress-refashion using a vintage sheet from the thrift store.  I've been collecting vintage sheets for a while now and what better way to use one, than for a new dress for spring!

Because we're using vintage sheets we can make this really quickly by using the finished edges of the sheet as the hems of the dress. You need to find a sheet that is long enough when folded in half horizontally to be the desired length of your dress. If it's a large sheet, cut the width of the sheet to the size you like, depending on how full you want your dress to be. I measured my wingspan from wrist to wrist to decide how wide I wanted to make my dress.
Believe it or not, this dress only requires two seams! Easy Peasy!
After you've folded your sheet in half horizontally, pin the open sides and sew them together, leaving about a 6" opening at the top where your hands/arms will come through.
Now to make the hole for your neck, find the center of your dress by taking the sewn dress and folding in half again, this time lengthwise, so that the side seams match up.  Make a neat little cut at the center point depending on how wide you want you neckline and how big your head is.  I didn't even bother to stitch around the edges - just a nice raw edge to give some edginess to balance out the floral motif.
 And VOILA!!! You are ready to go!
I choose this sheet in part because it already had a ruffle on one edge which makes a lovely decorative hem.  As you know, ruffles are HOT right now. And this dress screams HOT doesn't it?
Throw on a belt and you've got a whole different look.  So versatile! 
This is a Maxi dress to the Max.
You could make this same dress out of a nice bright polyester or velour, wear it with some serious gold jewelry and unleash your inner- Mrs. Roper.
Or just stick with the original and actually look like a walking vintage sheet itself. 

People may even come up to you and ask where you got your vintage sheet so that they can copy your chic-vintage-retro-upcycled-look.  Just don't tell them where you actually got it. Leave them guessing because there is getting to be a serious vintage sheet shortage out there.  We don't need new band-wagon-vintage-sheet hunters coming in and diluting the available inventory, right?

I hope you enjoy this new project to add to your to-do list! Happy First of April!

(APRIL FOOLS!)

61 comments:

Colleen said...

April fool! You got me! Even before I say the full pic I was thinking-who would wear a sheet, even tailored into a dress?

Jamie Lee said...

Ha ha! You got me until the pic!

kelly said...

about halfway down i thought 'april fools, i hope'. you better watch out, though. i bet you $10 this ends up on pinterest as a real thing.

Marion said...

Now that is AWESOME! You have to wear it ALL day ;) And please get the Mrs. ROPER jewelry to match :)

BooksBound said...

Hilarious. And Kelly is right, someone will pin this. :)

Amy said...

Tha was hysterical.

mascanlon said...

Lol, you got me on this!

angela said...

Love it! Mrs Roper...vintage sheet snatchers...hehehehehehe

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Sew Create It - Jane said...

You got me! LOL I did your drink trick from last year on my youngest this morning! ha ha ha ha...still giggling about it! She couldn't work out why the straw was stuck!

Maryjean said...

This is sew good....I thought why why is she one of my fav. You got me good girl. And you are one of my fav.

Nedra said...

Oh, Amy, you made my April 1st! To take the time to make a tutorial and everything. I think you must wear the dress all day today, even if it is General Conference.

A.J. Dub. said...

LOL That is Awesome! Thanks for the giggle. :)

Laurie, the girls and Scott said...

Ah, Mrs. Roper - one of my style icons! I'm going to do this with my sheets as well. Thanks for the idea.

Shelley said...

I can't believe this hasn't been Fashion Today! My husband is going to love this new sexy look! Maybe Mr. Roper will want to "put up a shelf" LOL! Great April Fool's lol!

Ann-Marie said...

haha!! so funny! I dare you to wear it to church :)

Jill Ann said...

Ooh, that was a good one. LOL

Danny said...

Haha! I forgot it was April Fools Day so I was thinking, "Wow... does she really think that looks good? It looks like she's wearing a sheet! I just won't comment..." Ha! Thanks for the laugh!

Vanssmomc said...

I loved Mrs. Roper!! And too funny, what you call vintage are sheets I threw out, they look like some my husband and I had when we were first married back in the mid 70's, glad to see they are being re-purposed!! Thanks for the laugh!!

Lee said...

LOL!!! This is hysterical! Thanks for a good laugh over my coffee. : )

Gwen said...

LOL!! You totally got me! I was anxious to see the dress that you had made-- thinking that I may make one for myself... then as I scrolled down and saw each picture, I was thinking, "What!? Is she serious!?" I had totally forgotten about April Fool's for the moment, even though we *did* remember to fool my Mom and Dad this morning. We stuck bright yellow silk flowers all over a tree by their sidewalk. :-)

Sarah said...

Got me too. Thanks for a laugh!

EJ said...

I seriously laughed out loud! You are awesome.

Sandy said...

Got me too until the picture and I thought...."she can't be serious". Good one!

Katy Cameron said...

Excellent, the soft focus on the pics really makes it ;o)

Heather said...

That's hilarious! Thanks for the laugh :-)

hiddencourage said...

Love it!!! And, I agree about the run on vintage sheets!!

Jenny said...

You are so bad. You got me too, for far too long.

Melissa B said...

Toga party!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

You are HILARIOUS!!!!! Love it almost as much as I love you!!!!!

The Tulip Patch said...

I kept waiting for you to shirr (or however you spell that) the bodice and make it really cute. I am SO grateful it was April Fool's! You got me!

Farm Road Ramblings said...

And you left the tag on for added class! Thanks for the laugh. :)

Kari said...

Ha, ha!!!! You rock that sheet. :)

Dayna at Precut Paradise said...

You actually had me for a second...I use flat sheets to make things sometimes! But that is really something!

Candice said...

I was dying! You got me- LOVE it!! So fun :)

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Oh dear. I was really worried for you until the penny dropped with the final pic and comments. Thanks for the laughs!!

Cathy said...

OH my goodness! I thought your were serious for a bit! Seriously crazy! Phew! You actually don't need a fashion intervention!

Sara said...

LOL I was about to take your link right off my blog roll! You totally got me. i was like, "She CAN'T really think that looks good." hahahahaha

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Oh my goodness, Amy, you are too funny!!! Love it!

Heather said...

Oh man, this totally got me until I saw the last picture. For a minute I was in despair - Oh I hope she doesn't actually go out of the house wearing this!!! Nice one. :)

Ms. De said...

I seriously didn't get it and then thought I'd see if anyone really thought it was cute and maybe it was just me!! Great one!

vintage grey said...

Ha! This was a good one Amy!! You got me! :) xo Heather

Joani said...

All I could think is 'how can she get away with only 2 seams, doesn't the neck need to be finished?'. Good for a laugh!

CathyK said...

The joke is on me!!! I sure was fooled! Thank you for a good laugh! I needed one today!

Elisabeth Dibble said...

I love it Amy! :) Now that might actually be something that I could make. :)

Thimbleanna said...

You're TOOOO funny Ms. Amy! Happy Belated April Fool's!!!

Elsa said...

I was shocked till I read the comments! teehee, you got me!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

You look like an easter angel! ;)

mags1179 said...

Oh I was sooooo worried that you had lost your sense of style!!!! OMG, you got me good! Thanks for the laugh!

Svetlana said...

Oh, my!!!! I could not stop laughing, at first I thought What the ..? who in their right mind would even consider wearing a sheet dress. You definitely got me.

Carolyn said...

I laughed so hard!! That completely fooled me - especially since I saw it late :) Very flattering project - I'll have to try it ;)

Calli Makes Do said...

Amy, I just laughed til I cried. Now I'm even more grateful you're my friend! You are awesome.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Tears. I have tears! And I was going to be all congratulatory about you sewing clothes for yourself! Ahh, this was great. Love it so much. :)

tracy_a said...

Thank you!!! So funny.

Colin said...

I had these sheets as a child....my mom still has them!

Judi said...

That is too funny - you had me going the whole time........

Claire Jain said...

LOL! Mrs. Roper :-)

Amanda Shih said...

Hahahahahah!

Lynn said...

Good grief! I was actually at the point where I thought I would unsubscribe ...

anneski said...

Bahahahaaaaaa

Rebecca Grace said...

Mwah ha ha! Now you're all set for EASTER SUNDAY! :-)