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Vintage sheet extravaganza

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:

Colette Sorbetto Tank made from vintage sheet @lclarke522

Colette Sorbetto Tanks made from vintage sheets @lclarke522This 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:

Made By Petchy Baby Dresses made from vintage sheets @lclarke522

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!



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16 thoughts on “Vintage sheet extravaganza

  1. The baby dresses are darling. You’re getting me worked up to make a bunch of summer tops!

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. The dress is done, here’s how it turned out:

        1. Ooh, that is cool! And I *love* the sheet you used.

  3. 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.

    1. I know how hard it is to get over yourself and just tackle that intimidating project, so I wish you good luck 🙂

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. I love love love these! You have me convinced. I think this will be the perfect canvas for mastering the FBA.

    1. 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.

  6. […] I wanted to tell you about my latest Sorbetto. I only managed to make one more after the three vintage sheet versions I showed you and before my Ocean City trip, and I haven’t been back to the sewing machine […]

  7. My Mom had a set of the yellow flowers. 😀

    1. Cool 🙂 Of those three shirts, that’s the one that seems to get me the most complements.

  8. can i asked what pattern you used? or did you make it up? i love them.

    1. It’s Sorbetto from Colette Patterns:
      Thanks for the complement!

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