Recycled comforter cover dress

I know, it sounds hideous.  It could be awful.  A recycled comforter cover... dress.  But let me explain.
I'm in a big chambray, classic blue-and white phase inspired by the usual (J.Crew, Anthropologie, Zooey Deschanel...) and found this embroidered cotton twin-sized comforter cover that I got about 10 years ago when I had a twin-sized bed for a brief period.  It was no longer in use.
I used a vintage pattern my mom made when she was my age, Vogue 8870 (more about this pattern later--I'm using it for some Anthrocopies soon!).  Retro 70's!
I had sooo much fabric (still do), and wanted to use the embroidery of the comforter cover as a detail on the dress--insta-trim!  I gave it a gathered skirt (I made it pretty long by modern standards to actually do a retro 50's/60's thing) and chose not to do the fastening down the front, or the cute collar/yoke/band thing on this one, so it's actually really different from this pattern... but you get the idea.  It's interesting about using vintage patterns; there are some things they just don't do anymore.  This pattern is a weird shape; rather than darts under and to the side of the bust, they just have one huge "dart" at the bottom that's actually a triangle shape cut out of the bodice piece, which ends up almost on the bias at the sides.  And they use a facing rather than a lining, which won't work for all my upcoming uses of this pattern, but worked for the solid chambray of this dress.

So here it is!

I love the full skirt!

27 comments

  1. You almost frighten me with your awesomeness :)

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  2. hey this looks fabulous! what a great remake!! I found an old old 80's chambray dress of my mother's last week. It goes all the way down to the floor and I'm thinking of chopping it off a bit and updating it. If I get around to posting about it I'll let you know.

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  3. wow, it came out so beautifully! Clever you!

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  4. Ohmygoodness cute! I love how you cut the skirt!

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  5. oh, GIRL! awesome.

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  6. That dress in the middle of the pattern looks like the Vappu dress I'm TRYING to copy! I've almost given up though, I sure wish I had that pattern!! :) I really do love the dress you made - I think it's great!

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  7. The dress came out great! I like to use recycled bed sheets and men's shirts for my dresses/blouses. Can't get any more frugal than that and I feel like I'm keeping something out of the trash dump. I also feel like I'm giving the item new life! Now your bedspread can be seen and enjoyed! It doesn't have to be cooped up in the linen closet anymore.

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  8. It's really *beautiful* and I love the way you made use of the embroidery!

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  9. This is fantastic! I love it! Your imagination is truly inspirational!

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  10. So beautiful. I am new to sewing..but have a great imagination and this has inspired the heck out of me. Thanks. Lovely. Really lovely.

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  11. It's great! I am new to sewing and bloging and your blog is always an inspiration to me. I can'y wait to get my sewing machine and start trying some of your tutorials.
    Cheers!

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  12. What a pretty dress! The fabric and embroidery are lovely.

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  13. I love this dress. I don't think it's strange to reuse fabric for a different purpose. I am always on the lookout for vintage sheets and fabric at Goodwill for my clothing projects.

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  14. I love you an inordinate amount. Will you come to my house and teach me to sew??

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  15. awful?? far from it! this little dress came out great! good job! :)

    -Zinnia

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  16. The dress turned out amazing! Love it! So cute :)


    Just came across your blog. It is lovely!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  17. Gorgeous! What a great idea, and you used the embroidery so well, love that you kept the corners of it - looks great!

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  18. OMG! It is wonderful! Great way to upcycle!

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  19. you are so very clever and resourceful! Well done you!! xxxxxxx

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  20. Absolutely lovely! And what a great re-purpose project! Who knew a comforter cover could look so cute!

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  21. this is super cute! Way to upcycle!

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  22. Wow! So lovely, I can't think of a better way to recycle bed sheets!

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  23. That is gorgeous! You got such a great fit in the bodice; it looks perfect!

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  24. this dress is so cute. i like the decision to put on straps, it’s still feminine and maybe now more innocent and dainty.

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  25. Truly beautiful. You did such a great job!

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  26. Very impressive! Love how you used the details. I saw the title of hte post and was like, hmmmm, what is she talking about??? Love it!

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