Monday, September 24, 2012
The White Sheet Challenge
(week three of project run and play)
I used part of a queen sized 100% cotton 300 thread count sheet. I was tempted to dye it (hence the 100% cotton) or stamp it or do something crazy but my love of white won. I also wanted to use the existing hem on the sides and bottom of the sheet for the ruffles (and minimize sewing time wahoo), which were already hemmed with white thread (which doesn't dye well) so here it is.
I used my favorite pattern, simplicity 0351a (which I noticed has another pattern number but I didn't write it down. I tried to google it and it linked to my blog ha) for the top (I know, I've used it a ton) and the idea from my (again very cryptic) secret sewing jumper (using the Kati Cupcake Darla Jumper pattern) for the bottom. With the secret project, the tiers and ruffles were all different fabrics and it was fun to have them all peeking out. In hindsight I wish I'd covered up the tiers in this dress better (ie made the ruffles and tiers the same height). Guess there's always another time like week five or six of project run and play. I didn't copy the measurements from the pattern, just the general idea. I had to decrease some of the ruffle measurements too from my first calculations so I wouldn't have to hem any of them. :)
From the simplicity pattern, I measured the bottom of the bodice. Then I did some math at midnight and came up with the following measurements, which I'm documenting so I can throw away the receipts and envelope I scribbled on. All measurements in inches.
Ruffle 1= tier 1 x 1.7= 29.75 wide x 3 high
Tier 1= bodice x 1.3= 17.5 wide x 4 high
Ruffle 2= tier 2 x 1.7= 38.7 wide x 5 high
Tier 2= tier 1 x 1.3= 22.75 wide x 6 high
Ruffle 3= tier 2 x 2= 45.5 wide x 7 high
I added a waistband similar to the directions in the Darla Jumper except the bodice isn't lined in this dress. I made a sash from the bedsheet to tie in the back.
I'm also pretty excited about the texture in the top pictures and how these turned out even though my hand was numb (which has temporarily resolved my carpal tunnel- best news ever) and I was recovering from food poisoning.