70's bedsheet (Smocked Maxi-Dress 02/2013)

Added Jun 26, 2013

by AnninaNicole

Brussels, Belgium

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My mother-in-law gave me her old vintage bedsheets from the 70’s. I used Burda’s pattern for the smocked-maxi-dress-022013, which I tought would fit the 70′s feel. After zig-zag smocking the dozens of lines, tying tiny knots etc, I could finally sew side seams and try it on. It was too big and ill fitting. I had measured myself prior, followed size and seam allowances etc… however I do think my cotton was maybe a bit too thick/stiff. I removed all the smocking, made it narrower by a total of 3cm, and added one single smocked seam much higher on the waist, using the elastic-on-lower-bobbin method which I prefer. Instead of using up precious vintage textile to make the biais, I bought an olive green biais to balance all that faded pink. I might buy some more of the olive biais to add a thin belt over the smocked line.
I hope I did the biais work correctly since I didn’t really understand the instructions and followed the tiny illustration.
I’m quite pleased with the result. I finished it and wore it right away as it was hot and humid day. Perfect!

Material Notes

cotton bedsheet from the 70’s

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Women
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    Jun 27, 2013, 06.46 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    It was absolutely right to neglect the smocking. In your interpretation the dress looks better fitted and more girlish. I think why it didn’t occur to me:)) thanks for the idea:)

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    Jun 26, 2013, 11.26 AMby SofiaBlake

    Wow – this looks so cool. Yay for vintage sheets!

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    Jun 26, 2013, 07.43 AMby camis

    Nice fabric. And definitively the “after” dress. It fits so much better.

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    Jun 26, 2013, 07.37 AMby SENEBO

    Yes the top dress does work better, like the smocking on lower picture, was it meant to be under the bust line?

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    Jun 26, 2013, 07.37 AMby SENEBO

    Yes the top dress does work better, like the smocking on lower picture, was it meant to be under the bust line?

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      Jun 26, 2013, 02.59 PMby AnninaNicole

      hi,
      the burda pattern had many rows of smocking, quite low on the waist, actually, on the hip. It looked good on the model in the magazine, but not me. So I opted for a single smocked line much higher.

      Thanks everyone for kind input :)

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