A dress made from a $1 painter sheet

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I have a selection of vintage patterns, collected from op shops and eBay over the past few months, with good intentions of making my own clothes. I thought it best to start with an 80's tunic asymmetrical dress, which is nothing amazing, but is the easiest pattern in the bunch:

99c from eBay
The fabric for my first attempt? a $1 'painter sheet'. A painter sheet? Yes, the op shop (in Cheltenham) downgraded this white material to be used I assume to cover furniture and floors when decorating. Such a waste I thought, that leaf print is far too good for decorating purposes surely? Sold for $1 *cheer*

$1 painter sheet

This is the first time I've ever seen a pattern out of its packet. At first I found the whole thing a little bit overwhelming, and quick frankly, a pain in the arse because it is huge and the paper is so incredibly flimsy. The only floor space big enough to organise my pattern - out on the deck - is not great when the wind blows.

quick grab of nearest heavy object to hold down that flimsy paper - toy dog

But wait, look, I did it!

I decided not to go with the asymmetrical design, because, aside from the fact I did not have a constrasting fabric, I didn't really like the diagonal line anyway.

I've had to resort to taking photos in the mirror!

I wear my tunic painter sheet dress with a thrifted scarf, and Ann Taylor Loft thrifted heels. It turned out good. There are no fussy zips or buttons.

A quote from my Mum in relation to my sewing pursuits: "I never thought I'd see the day.."

Image c/o we heart it


Hayley Sarah said...

Yay! Knew you could do it. Looks great!

Unknown said...

Thanks Hayley!! :)

nicole said...

looks fantastic! job well done!!!

BopBop said...

lovely! I think I may have the same sheet in my fabric stash. Will look at it completely different now. :)

Sleekit said...

You need to teach me to sew, I love that frock, so Spring! Those yellow shoes are gorgeous, love the colour

Sleekit x

hed said...

Holy cow you are a fashion MacGyver! I'm going to send you a potato sack, red dye, safety pins and thread...make me some pants! :)

Unknown said...

Hed you are too funny, what about this:


Nikol said...

Very lovely! Great job!

Justine said...

Great job! I love your shoes too :)

Just Better Together

Emily said...

Love your dress! Great material and heels. :)

Anonymous said...

I just today finished my first shirt-from-a-pattern and for the arm and neck bands i used the same fabric! It was a pillow case.

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