oh yea she did!!!! … YUP! I took a superman suvet cover and sewed into this SUPER cute summer minidress! I’m SO proud of this one it’s unreal… oh yea there are things I could’ve done better… nothing’s ever perfect, but it’s SO DANG close!
Are you sitting comfortably? then I’ll begin…
Basically a few weeks ago I found a He-man Duvet cover in a charity shop
which I then sewed into a floaty prom-dress
. . . which was very good! but I did it very hastiliy without really making much of a connection between the fabric pattern and the dress style. also This prom-dess style dress is not suited to all venues … see exhibit B:
As you can clearly see… (1) this dress makes me look like the side of a house (2) if you’re not ‘dressed up’ it just looks like a nighty…. anywhoo… it still got me geek points at the party.
Well… as fate may have it I got a very vintage looking Superman Duvet cover from a Colchester chairty shop (while I was in town for the above party infact!) and felt I’d been given a dressmaking second-chance, If I was to reincarnate this bedding into something more wearable I was going to think about it more this time!
Did it turn out as I planned?!? of course not! but the modifications to the plan, I think, suit the pattern of the fabric much better! than what I’d planned!
First of all I use the Ute bouse pattern as a base for the top. As you can see on the burdastyle website, this version of the blouse has sleeves, I did intend to use these (even cut them out and interfaced the cuffs and everything) but I ended up omitting these because it has been BLOODY hot in the UK for the last week or so and I really wanted the dress to be finished ASAP.
Then I used Grosgrain’s tutorial on turning a blouse into a dress
… but of course! I didnt have to make the blouse and then cut off the bottom! As it was a print at home pattern I could just simply cut off all the pattern pieces at the waist! surprising how much fabric that saved!
Originally I’d planned to make a longer ciscle skirt by adding panels ot the bottom… but again! it was hot and I was impatient!
also ANOTHER cool thing about this dress.. the ‘button’ closure? PRESS STUDS! from the bottom of the duvet cover! upcycling FTW!!
Also, that bias trim 🙂 I MADE IT! … that took a while… but I’ve got loads left! It’s the first time I used bias biding, it’s not that tidy, but not many people are looking at my arm-holes! 😉