September 5, 2008

Gettin' Creative

I am so proud of myself. Well, really I should give the credit to God because He gave me the idea. See I've been itchin' to make myself a dress, but have not been able to find a pattern in the style I want. I love the vintage 1950s-1960s look, but cannot find anything in plus sizes. Plus, I don't have extra funds at this point to buy fabric or patterns.

So, I got to digging in a box of patterns and found two that I never cut- the bottom of one I loved, but the top was immodest. (why did I buy it??) The other one was slightly frumpy, again, why didI buy it? So, I mixed the two together.

Now, where to get fabric? Well, I bought a really nice Ralph Lauren sheet right after we got married, thinking it was a set. Well it was just a queen flat sheet and I've kept it because it was so pretty. Yall, I made a dress out of a sheet!!

What a way to go, the fabric is such good quality and there was so much of it! This has turned out to be the prettiest and most flattering dress that I've ever made for myself! I had to fudge the patterns a bit to get it the right size, adding extra here and not so much there, and it came out perfect. I cannot believe it- plus is pulls over my head, no zippers or buttons. The problem is, how do I duplicate another dress? Well, I just wrote down what I did and will have to work with it each time. All I have left to do is finish the neckline and hem it- then I'll post a picture.

And, I cut out the pattern, cut out the dress, and sewed most of it in a few hours. Major plusses!!

I think from now on I will be hunting for queen sheets at Goodwill and garage sales :)


Jennifer said...

Fantastic! Don't you just love it things come together.

prayzgod said...

I can't wait to see the picture. This sounds really cool. :-)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see it!


Mrs. Darling said...

I know how to sew and I used ot sew all my dresses and my kids dresses but I never learned to like it. Yesterday I shortend the legs of five pair of pants for my son and it involved bringing out the old sewing machine! I had dreaded the chore but it ended up not being as bad as I had remembered it being. LOL

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea... I've done the same thing myself with several different linens. Be sure to check yard sales as well. I find good linens for under a $1 each year. The fabric quality is often much better and it is easy to cut around a stain. I'd love to see a pic of your dress if you post one... so, if you do, please leave a comment on my blog so I don't forget to come back and look at it :)

Toni said...

Wow! What a great idea!! I really want to learn how to sew. I have a machine but can never seem to find the time to take it out and try to figure it out.Blessings!

The Road Less Traveled said...

LOL, oh I guess if I would have just continured reading I would have found out that you put two seperate patterns together to create the now I'll change my oringinal question on the previous post to: could you share the pattern & numbers with me...hehehe. I'm really liking that dress, I too am a plus size and I think it is so slinderizing and feminine and the biggy 'modest'
Thanks Penny in TN