How I made a four-year-old happy with vintage sheet scrapsPosted: March 24, 2015
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!