Monday, April 28, 2008

The Dress to Match the Shoes

Saturday morning I awoke with an epiphany: I needed a new dress to go with my new yellow shoes to wear to church on Sunday. Although I have skirts in my closet that would look great, it was the shoes' maiden voyage and I couldn't be willy nilly and haphazardly grab a garment to wear.

I quickly rummaged through my container of vintage sheets and found this one. It has perfect little lines of flowers running diagonally with hints of red, blue and yellow. It was "the one."

We left the house early Saturday morning (to go to a flea market and go geocaching), so it wasn't until after giving the kids baths on Saturday night that I actually had time to sew, although I thought about it obsessed over it the entire day.

It is the same Simplicity 3835 we've come to know and love. I used the shirt top (with elastic) and the dress bottom. I added an extra 5 inches or so to the length to make sure it was long enough for my long legs. It hits right below my knee (although it looks longer in the photo). I sewed the back in one piece (on the fold) as I usually do, and sewed in the darts for the zipper-back dress and it fits. It wasn't hard to pull on and it gives the dress a more fitted appearance. Darts are good.

I was so happy with the dress that I had trouble falling asleep Saturday night (as I pondered other dresses in my future) and I awoke eagerly for church on Sunday morning (and that is a rare thing, as I am usually exhausted by Sunday morning). Last night I started on a new one for me and one for Spenser. She wants to match me so I better jump at the chance.

25 comments:

Karyn said...

Okay, could you be any more beautiful???? Please tell me you are going to make a zillion of those to wear in the summer.

I am NOT just saying that because I have to. That is a GREAT dress (for you, not me).

So pretty!!!!

LK said...

OH! That is perfect! A perfect fit, you look so good in it! Lovely...

Becky said...

That fabric ... er sheet ... really is the perfect medium for this dress. The pattern just circles you beautifully. I love it!! And it is the perfect compliment to those cute shoes :)

Melanie said...

What pretty fabric. You certainly have an eye for matching fabric with pattern. Well done -perfect for the shoes.

Tonya said...

Oh, I love it and it looks great on you! What a great fabric, can't believe it was a sheet LOL I wish I was long like you, I need about 3 more inches added to the length of my waist! LOL

Little Munchkins said...

I love the fabric too. You are definitely getting your money's worth from that pattern. I bet you can sew it with your eyes closed now ;)

Emily said...

Very pretty indeed! Gosh, are you gonna be on a rampage to sew matching togs for all your shoes?!

And then Spenser wants to be matched with you too! Do remember to sleep after every two days of sewing, ok? Lera, you hear me?

Jo-Anne said...

How Lovely! That dress looks wonderful on you. The shoes are great, too. :)
Happy sewing!

Gail :) said...

Looks Great! I always jump at the chance to match Gina :) Your shoes are adorable!

miss chris said...

Wonderful! Pretty pretty pretty. Perfect with those shoes, dahling.

Lola said...

I bought the pattern, and made 2 tops immediatly. I love it! Very flattering, even in a much larger size than yours! You've inspired me to try a dress now! Thanks Lera!

kirsten said...

very summery!

Madge said...

love it love it love it

laeroport said...

... and the necklace to go with it all! Fantastic!
Did you have to line it or are you wearing a slip? The sheets I find are always a little thinner than I'd care to wear.

beki said...

How cute, Lera! It looks fabulous on you!!

kostenuk said...

You are so clever!! Love the dress. It looks like it will be nice to wear when the summer heat starts.

I will NEVER look at thrift sheets the same again. Thanks for the eye opener!!

Melody

melissa sews said...

That floral sheet fabric is so pretty - it was meant to be your dress all along! I just may have to invest in that great pattern myself. You wear it so well.

hooli said...

OK... no more lunch lady jokes for you. This is magnificent. The shoes are a great point of inspiration and I hope they drive you to make many more sassy numbers like this sheet dress. Which, by the way, is totally amazing.

jessi said...

so so cute! When are you going to come make me one? LOL - like you don't have enough sewing to do for yourself and you live across the country!

amandajean said...

it is the PERFECT dress to match your shoes. and it looks so great on you!

a question: do you line your dresses or do your sheets come thicker than mine do? my lounge pants are pretty see through....thankfully I just wear them around the house. I am wondering what you do.

Jane said...

I had to zoom in to see your necklace which is such a perfect compliment. You scored with this outfit! Well done. To think it was ever a sheet!

FinnyKnits said...

That dress has a great drape to it - I'm constantly amazed at the magic you perform with thrifted sheets.

Nice going on this one - so cute!

Green Kitchen said...

Love the dress, necklace, shoe combo. Really, a wonderful version of a great dress.

Chara Michele said...

Just catching up on blog reading & I love all the dresses you have made with this pattern lately! Can I ask if you lined these at all? I love the shirt pattern (so glad I finally got around to making it), and was thinking about making a few dresses for summer but was thinking it might need some lining for the dresses.

Strawberry Cat said...

Hello! I have a question or two about this dress. Did you just trace the shirt pattern and extend it, adding the bottom of the dress pattern? I've made a few of those shirts and I love them, but I think I need one of those dresses now!

I love the sheet you used. You look beautiful in that dress!