When upcycling to clothes, remember to look in even the unexpected places for nice & unique fabric options. For these Brueram dresses, I pulled a sheet from the bottom of our linen closet and a sheet from back of a bottom drawer at my Mom’s place. While the sheets are still functional, only slightly worn, and a bit faded, with some creative pattern placement, the sheets become fantastic, unique garments at a very (very!) cheap cost.
For my 5 year old daughter, I made the tulip skirt option from a pink flower and butterfly flat sheet. This sheet was used by my oldest daughter years ago – almost 12 years ago in fact. While my youngest daughter still liked the sheet on her bed, we decided to try it as a dress. And we are thrilled with the result!
Because sheets are thin (read: see through), I doubled the skirt panels to make an outer piece and a lining. I sewed the doubled skirt pieces as one though. For this dress, I added piping around the neckline, and bias tape around the bottom. Also for this one, I only used elastic in every other casing across the back.
The pattern has the option for shirring or for elastic casing across the back. To prevent the elastic from being too tight, I pulled elastic through every other casing on my daughter’s dress (see above). For my niece’s dress (see below), I pulled elastic through every casing. While it looks a bit different, the fit was the same.
For my 13 year old niece, I made the maxi dress option from a modern blues & greens flat sheet. This sheet was hand-me-down’ed to my Mom by her cousin years and years ago. Picture this sheet on a bed in the early 80’s. Can you see it? Can you see the modern, almost funky look? And now, see it as a maxi dress!
The maxi dress was a pattern test for Sofilantjes. I followed the pattern instructions exactly and it turned out great!
Have you upcycled yet? Remember to post your upcycle pictures at Sofilantjes Sew & Show group so we all can enjoy and be inspired by your work. AND REMEMBER, there is a challenge going on for pattern prizes!