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It's a Sham! No. Really.

Added Apr 18, 2010

by hstorm799

Jackson, Tenness...






It IS a sham. The back of one. The front was HIDEOUS. I am currently repurposing as much as I can of my late mother’s wardrobe that was not in donatable condition. There was only the one lonely sham and there were small holes in it from the pulling on the ties. I used no pattern. I cut for an empire seam where the small holes were and had 2 short rectangles and 2 long. I based the widths on her measurements, added a button loop to the back, which I learned to do from my last project. I used the sham’s ties as the top’s ties and front bow. There was enough fabric left from the cut down width for pockets, to which I added the leftover ties as bows. I just found the other sham, so this may become a tiered dress or a pair of shorts. I’m not into allover prints, so probably the dress.

I am just updating after adding instructions on how to make this top. Enjoy!

Material Notes

100% Repurposed Cotton, 1 button




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic

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    Jun 8, 2010, 07.52 PMby mrsmg08

    so cute. I love this.

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    May 5, 2010, 01.12 PMby liz1611

    looks great on her, and i know it was really easy. great idea on the button closure!

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      May 5, 2010, 05.13 PMby hstorm799

      Thanks. The fabric that I wanted to repurpose told me what to make! Sounds crazy, but it was a great process, and the damage in the fabric determined the placement of the empire waist, the finished size, etc. I am planning many more repurposing projects to post here in time!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 08.20 PMby minnieburton

    It’s a real beauty. I love pillowcase refashions!

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    Apr 21, 2010, 09.48 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    thanks for the pattern…and yes I did get an email from you about adding the pattern but it’s funny because I can’t find it here on the site…odd. Thanks again!!! I will post my project when I complete it!

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    Apr 19, 2010, 11.50 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Do you have the pattern for this top? I would love to know how you made it. I would like to incorporate this one into my granddaughters wardrobe…good basic summer top!

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      Apr 19, 2010, 01.51 PMby hstorm799

      It’s really easy. I didn’t use a pattern, but maybe I’ll do a tutorial or make a pattern. My daughter wears a 3T, but I really sized it using her measurements. What size is your granddaughter?
      And if you add me as a friend, I think you’ll get an email when I put it up.

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    Apr 18, 2010, 01.14 PMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Great Job!!!!! and the model is adorable!

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      Apr 18, 2010, 04.07 PMby hstorm799

      Thanks! She doesn’t like photo time, so I’m lucky she isn’t scowling.

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    Apr 18, 2010, 03.46 AMby whimc

    Adorable! I love how you recycled a former sham into a darling child’d garment. Great idea to reuse the sham’s ties as well. Good job!

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