You cannot defeat me recession!

You cannot defeat me recession!

Retro dress from vintage sheets.

In Ireland all I seem to hear is bad news about the economy and how much trouble we’re in.  All this serious talk is scary so I’ve applied practical solutions to make me feel less worried.

Run out of food money? – Grow your own! – Now I can have green tomatoes and inch long carrots whenever I want.

I learned Diy beauty tips like homemade exfoliation and hair masks

My latest experiment is making my own clothes.  This Retro style dress is made out of an old sheet.  I drafted the pattern by reverse engineering a dress I had that I liked the fit of.

You need

  1. 1 dress you like
  2. Paper – newspaper will do
  3. Marker
  4. Sheet
  5. sewing machine and thread

I just drew around the dress, folding it in half . The patterns are cut on the fold.  Push the edges away to draw around them. I made a bodice front and back, facing for the neck and sleeves and three parts for the skirt (2 back, 1 front).

I made a facing for the bodice which I find is easier than binding the neck line and armhole.  This brilliant tutorial from Crafterhours explains facings better than I could. —




Draw around your pattern onto your fabric – I used tailors chalk but soap works just as well.

Cut out.  Assemble your facing and bodice and sew.

The skirt is easy, you just sew the edges together.

Then gather your skirt .  Stitch long  stitches around top of the skirt- I find it easier to hand sew them.

Pull the threads and gather the fabric.

Pin to the bodice, right sides together, at the centre and side points.

Make sure the gathers are even and sew both together.

You can hem the skirt by sewing or by using iron on hemming tape which is easy and it stiffens the end of the dress which works nicely with wide skirts.

Success! Now all I need to do is work out how to make gold out of coffee grinds 😉

ps My next project will be This – free vintage dress pattern from the V+A museum

These lovely dresses are from avoca – love!

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