A Summer Dress from an Old Sheet

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Don't faint, this dress is less than 72 hours old and is appearing here! I have been planning a dress like this for over a year but after a failed attempt at bodice fitting last year I gave up for a while.

I bought the burda block patterns this time last year and made up the bodice. According to measurements I had to do a fairly large FBA, but, this made the bodice massive and I couldn't be bothered working out why! Since then I have lost a wee bit of weight so decided to try again. I made the top in the largest size (16?) and after a few tweaks it was almost perfect!


The pattern alterations I did:
  • lengthened the bodice by 2 inches
  • dropped the bust dart by 1 inch
  • moved waist darts towards center by 1 inch
  • added bust darts
  • lifted shoulder seam by 1 inch
  • reduced slope on shoulder
I then scooped out the back and front more to get the look I wanted.

That looks like a lot of adjustments when I write it all down! I made 3 muslins and for number 4 I cut into an old patterned flat sheet that I got for £1.49 from a charity shop. 



I had to line the dress as the sheet was quite thin, but I am so please with how it turned out!




I have absolutely no idea when I will wear the dress, husband thinks I need an invite to a vicar's tea party (!) but I am going to use the pattern to try another dress with a pleated skirt and one with a circle skirt. I have lots of party dress fabric in my stash that my parent's have bought me and finally some of it will get used. If only I went to parties...!









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9 comments

  1. This looks great on you, good work on persevering with the fit, and now you can make loads!

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  2. This looks amazing, and it fits you so well! It just goes to show that fitting is worthwhile, even if it seems like a headache!

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  3. Gosh, that is a lot of work, but it has paid off! Looks like a great fitting dress! I love that print, would look great with a denim jacket!

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  4. Beautiful, totally worth all the effort.

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    1. Thanks! I just wish summer would arrive so I can wear it!!

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  5. That is a lot of adjustments but looks like it's worked out well and the dress is lovely. Love the fabric.
    Carolx

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    1. Thanks! I am planning lots more :)

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  6. That is a lot of adjustments but looks like it's worked out well and the dress is lovely. Love the fabric.
    Carolx

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  7. Gorgeous. You did a great job and I would be wearing that nonstop!

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