Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easy (made by me!) summer dress, two ways

diy sewn dress styled two ways

So last summer I (Jessica) drafted a super simple, super easy pattern for a dress last summer and sewed three of them. It was supposed to be a blog post, but by the time I got around to creating the tutorial it was already fall, and this dress as well as the tutorial weren't so fall appropriate.

One of the three dresses I made was this one below, from (of all things) a vintage bed sheet. I loved the ocean scene as a pattern, and the sheet was super soft. It made a gorgeous dress! So gorgeous in fact, that my good friend Suzzy saw it and went absolutely nuts for it. She is obsessed with the ocean and the color aqua, and dresses. So when she saw a picture of this dress she very gently hinted that she would be willing to take it off my hands for me. With force, if necessary.

Of course I agreed to let her have it! And today I thought it would be fun to show you all how we both styled this one summery dress, two different ways. And stay tuned, because I'll be posting the tutorial for making your own very soon as well!


The pictures below are of me from last summer:

diy sewn dress styled two ways

Since I own absolutely nothing aqua colored, I played up the yellow in the sun with a thin yellow belt and yellow wedge sandals, and added a nude beaded necklace. Oh yes, and a tan. I'm a minimalist.

Below is the lovely Suzzy (you've probably seen her before, she also modeled for our headwrap crochet pattern). You may have heard me mention her a time or two, it's her adorable baby girl who modeled for our newborn crown crochet pattern, and our baby gown from adult tee tutorial.

diy sewn dress styled two ways

She was much more comprehensive then I was with her accessory choices, probably because half her wardrobe is aqua colored items. No joke. She even had beaded aqua colored flip flops that perfectly matched the dress, and a pair of sand-colored starfish shaped earrings made of abalone.

diy sewn dress styled two ways

She also wore a cute beaded bracelet, and added this vintage crocheted bag. The bag was actually also from me, it was her birthday present! I saw it at thrift and knew she'd love it. And it just practically begged to be paired with this dress!

diy sewn dress styled two ways

A huge thank you to Suzzy for being willing to model for me! I love featuring other people's outfits, and I especially love it when I can show you all how we style DIY items. Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorial on making this dress, and if you're looking for more sewing projects to keep you busy in the meantime, you can check those out on our sewing page!

~Jessica

16 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to the tutorial, this looks like a kind of dress I will need several of! I love the idea of a dress from a bed sheet, new fabric can be so expensive so a bit of re purposing is brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Julia! Bedsheets have been my go-to fabric source for a long time. A lot of time its high quality cotton, cute prints or solid colors, and you get yards and yards of fabric for a tiny fraction of the cost! Even if you buy new bedsheets you can get them places like Ross and T.J. Maxx for under $10.

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    2. That's brilliant! I'm going to have to go check out Ross and T.J. Maxx, gotta make some summer dresses!

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  2. I love this dress! It would be a dress that I would wear all the time.

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  3. You did a great job!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  4. I adore the dress! That sounds like me doing something for a season, but it's too late to do anything with it because the season is over! :D Some of those vintage sheets are just so dang soft...I miss those!

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  5. You made this!?! OMG - I'm amazed!
    xo,
    Al
    www.sparklesandstilettos.com

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  6. I like both, but the pop of yellow was my favorite

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  7. So pretty!! I love the fabric/bed sheet!!!

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  8. This dress looks pretty and comfortable at the same time, just perfect for summer time! Great job!

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  9. Love your dress! I'll be totally waiting for the pattern!

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  10. This is super cute. I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

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  11. I think I'll be hanging out for the tutorial! Love the dress paired with the yellow belt. I'm going into Autumn here - but hey, they can always be sewn up in advance - Spring here is a busy time! :)
    Sheree

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  12. what a super cute DIY idea!! Love it ♥

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  13. What a great dress! I love the pops of yellow in there! :)

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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  14. I can't find the tutorial for this great dress. Have you done one yet?
    Julie
    jcraven1958@hotmail.com

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