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Art Nouveau Meets the 50s Party Dress

Added Sep 26, 2011

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I found this beautiful bedsheet at the thrift store for $3, and I immediately knew that I wanted to make it into a dress to to wear to a friend’s wedding. I drew up a simple, form-fitting bodice and attached a circle skirt for the skirt portion. The bodice is lined, and I included a grosgrain waist stay and a hand-picked lapped zipper. I wanted the dress to be nice and full, so I used a refashioned thrifted white skirt for a petticoat for added fluff. The final touch was a cummerbund-esque belt that tied in a bow at the back, using material that I already had in my stash.

Unfortunately, the actual wedding day was gray and cloudy, but I still loved how beautiful and swishy my outfit was!

Blogged here and here.

Material Notes

Poly/cotton blend bedsheet




Garment Type

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    Oct 22, 2011, 07.04 PMby step-van-b

    I love this dress! Hard to believe this was a bedsheet before. Congratulations.

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    Oct 6, 2011, 02.35 AMby sernasew

    This is REALLY NICE! you’ve inspired me to go out looking for bedsheets . . .

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    Oct 4, 2011, 08.39 PMby eversmiling

    I love that you used a sheet for the fabric. Great job.

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    Oct 1, 2011, 06.20 AMby ssarryo

    Wow! How pretty and timeless! : )

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    Sep 29, 2011, 04.24 PMby CationDesigns

    Thank you for all your kind comments, everyone! And yes, bedsheets do make great eco-friendly fabric sources. It does take some regular checking in on your local thrift stores to score a unique find, but you’ve be surprised how often it can happen!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 08.30 PMby Susie2

    What a stunning dress, so beautifully feminine :-)

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    Sep 27, 2011, 08.05 PMby zoepopi

    This was a bedsheet??!! gosh, i wish i had an eye for these things like you do! you look absolutely beautiful in your dress =D this makes me want to go bedsheet shopping

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    Sep 27, 2011, 07.35 PMby heisk

    absolutely stunning:)

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    Sep 27, 2011, 06.58 PMby Dana Hako

    it is so cute!!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 06.47 PMby jude999

    A lovely dress! Very elegant. Well done.

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.28 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    what a perfect elegant and gorgeous creation! that does not look like a bed shett to me. looks like a masterpiece!!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 04.41 PMby ecila

    Très chic! ; )

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    Sep 27, 2011, 03.30 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Soooo pretty! Fantastic use of a bedsheet!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 11.42 AMby deids

    amazing!! well done!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 09.31 AMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    beautiful dress- the colours are gorgeous! xx

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.55 AMby sunnydays212003

    Love it!!! That was an awesome use of a bedsheet :)

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.37 AMby baka-pepica

    very very nice, and bed sheets are great!!!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.34 AMby nicoleangeline

    A bedsheet?! wow. You did a wonderful job, it’s beautiful.

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.24 AMby poppykettle

    The fabric is an absolute winner – you’ve transformed it so well into your dress. Looks great!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 05.22 AMby missb-1

    Wow, very pretty. The fabric is perfect for this design.

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    Sep 27, 2011, 02.25 AMby elaineren


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    Sep 27, 2011, 01.09 AMby su-z

    It’s hard to believe that’s a $3 bed sheet – it looks great as a dress. You did a wonderful job!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 12.41 AMby skeeler

    wow – you certainly know what you’re doing!!

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    Sep 27, 2011, 12.10 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    It’s very elegant and pretty. Love the print on the fabric and the belt. Great job! :)

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    Sep 26, 2011, 11.49 PMby tessi

    VERY pretty!

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    Sep 26, 2011, 10.42 PMby patti-r


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    Sep 26, 2011, 10.28 PMby karamelkel

    Its beautiful! You did an amazing job!

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    Sep 26, 2011, 10.18 PMby eunnyjang

    so beautiful; absolutely lovely. I love the combination of thrifted materials and fine details. Fab!

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    Sep 26, 2011, 10.18 PMby jacquipardue

    looks perfect!

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