Do you remember when we did the sheet swap last summer? It all happened right around the same time as Neil’s health issues were cropping up, and so I didn’t get to be as efficient at it as I had liked. And then when it was all over, I took my own precious little stack of sheets and tucked it away in my stash instead of using it on something cool.
Well, here we are 10-ish months later, and I finally dug into that stack. Three Sorbetto tanks, just for me:
This pattern gets easier to make with each one I do. I’m getting much better at darts and bias tape, that’s for sure.
The first top has some neckline issues, as does the third, but neither problem is a deal-breaker. I don’t even intend to fix the blue one. The gold one, though, I think I can improve upon, if I take a few minutes to re-sew that part.
I used custom bias tape where I had enough fabric, and store-bought where I didn’t. I like both looks.
And, bonus! The small pieces I had left of each sheet remnant were perfect for these:
These are for my 4-month-old niece. I made them all using the same pattern I have used before: the Made By Petchy Baby Dress. Aren’t they adorable? They’re so quick to whip up, and a great way to use those small pieces of fabric. I made each one just a tiny bit different from each other, either in the way the ties are threaded through the casing, or at the hemline (one of them is zig-zag stitched).
I wasn’t planning on using all of these swapped sheets for shirt-making, but the cotton lawns I ordered still aren’t here after nearly two weeks, and I just couldn’t wait any longer! I’ll just have to sew a few more shirts when the fabric finally arrives. You can never have too many handmade summer tops, I say!
16 thoughts on “Vintage sheet extravaganza”
The baby dresses are darling. You’re getting me worked up to make a bunch of summer tops!
I’m working on a dress right now, made from a vintage sheet. (I’m handsewing it all, so it’s not a one-day project.) Might end up being a summer nightgown if I don’t think it’s for public eyes, but that’s useful too.
I do that with sheets-turned-dresses all the time (use them as nightgowns, I mean). I’ll bet the hand-sewing is relaxing. <-- now there is a sentence I never would have uttered before I discovered knitting and crocheting.
The dress is done, here’s how it turned out:
Ooh, that is cool! And I *love* the sheet you used.
Really nice. I’ve got a shirt pattern I bought a couple years ago but haven’t been brave enough to tackle. I need to do that. Thanks for your inspiration. They are so pretty and I bet so cool.
I know how hard it is to get over yourself and just tackle that intimidating project, so I wish you good luck 🙂
I love these! I remember sleeping in the blue and the pink bedlinen. The shirts are very pretty, it makes me want to sew a few myself.
Thanks, Caroline! I’ve worn them a lot in the week since I made them. I brought them with me for my beach weekend, and they were perfect.
I love love love these! You have me convinced. I think this will be the perfect canvas for mastering the FBA.
Thanks! I found it to be a great practice for darts. I’ve never really had the hang of those before, but I finally get them.
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My Mom had a set of the yellow flowers. 😀
Cool 🙂 Of those three shirts, that’s the one that seems to get me the most complements.
can i asked what pattern you used? or did you make it up? i love them.
It’s Sorbetto from Colette Patterns: https://www.colettepatterns.com/sewing/sorbetto
Thanks for the complement!