How I made a four-year-old happy with vintage sheet scrapsPosted: March 24, 2015 Filed under: Home and Garden | Tags: Sewing, vintage fabric, vintage sheets 11 Comments
Several months ago I was delighted to get a gift from Amanda at Vintage Sheet Addict. She sent me a stack of beautiful vintage sheet pieces after I’d made a comment on one of her Instagram photos. (Check out her blog to see what she did with the same fabrics!)
I knew right away I’d want to do something special with them. Then one afternoon while the grandkids were jumping around the house an idea suddenly clicked: I’d make a dress for my four-year-old granddaughter.
I didn’t want to waste any fabric, so I did some simple calculating. All the sheet pieces were roughly the same size and would divide into 3-inch strips. A rotary cutter and a 3-inch-wide ruler made it fast and easy to cut a pile strips.
A few minutes later I was stitching the strips together.
This many seams would make a hem lumpy and complicated. I decided it would be easier to finish off the bottom with some vintage trim. I’ve got so much of it hoarded!
I saved the largest piece of vintage sheet for the bodice. I didn’t have a pattern and ended up making my own with a cereal box from the recycling bin. I roughly traced around one of my granddaughter’s shirts and tweaked the pattern until it seemed to “drape” on her pretty well. (Tissue paper or a paper bag would have worked better, but I didn’t have any.)
And at last, the Big Reveal!
I’m told she wore it to preschool the next morning and jumped around telling everybody, “My grandma made me a dress! My grandma made me a dress! My grandma made me a dress!” Thanks, @adabea1! You helped make two people feel like a million bucks!
“A cereal box from the recycle bin”–yes, you are your father’s daughter. 🙂 The dress is gorgeous and that hem is genius!
I’ll have to label the cardboard and put it in a drawer for my kids to find in a couple decades. 😛
Ah yes, I forgot about that part! I still have the cardboard pattern Dad used to plan the angle for the legs of weaving bench he made me.
Thank you, but it’s just the result of messing around with fabric for 50+ years.
Beautiful! I love that rick rack finish!
Thank you! I almost put on more and thought better of gilding the lily. 🙂
Gosh you would have made a 51 year old happy if you made it in my size! Super sweet.
Thank you, Laurie! Check out gertrudemade.com for fabulous vintage sheet dresses in adult sizes. Drool worthy! She’s on IG, too.
It’s so cute! Wish I could have seen it on Lucy!
I’m sorry, but I didn’t want to put her photo on the internet.