I spied this classic 80’s bed sheet at DI nearly a year ago, and was in love. It’s so undeniably late 80’s/early 90’s (I mean it totally looks like that couch I grew up with), and yet? And yet I totally love it. I mean, my last name ain’t Tribe for nothing. I decided to make it shine with Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges pattern, as I have long long wanted to give it a go, and was very much inspired by this look by Steven Alan.
I did make some alterations to the Darling Ranges pattern, as my muslin (I made a muslin!) had some issues. I adjust the dart angle and position (still didn’t nail it as you can see), and angled the side seams WAY out (like 2 inches on each side!) because it was pulling the back piece forward and my side seams weren’t straight down. I removed the added width I now had by adding darts in the back. I also raised up the neckline by one button, and lengthened the hem. Oh, and I cut a size up in the sleeve (as per several reviews I read), which fit perfectly. I also added a cuff, because the elastic sleeve wasn’t gonna fly with my thicker cotton and edgy (hah!) pattern.
The real bonus of sewing with a sheet is that it’s so so soft from lots of washings. I try not to think about WHY it was washed so many times, and just focus on how dreamy it feels. This dress is so comfy, and that alone will qualify it for some guaranteed game time this Fall. But really, I love it all around, and dig that it’s gonna dress up or down easily.
I’m definitely going to make this dress again, especially now that I have adjusted the pattern to be just about perfect for my shape. It really is a great design.
I’m in Sewing Summit crunch time, and have about 2,387 projects to do before next week. I try not get stressed, but I can’t help it; house shopping, school starting, trying desperately to preserve the abundant fruits and vegetables from my garden, planning for my Sewing Summit class, AND take care of and feeding my family have sort of just sent me over the top, and I’ve been staying up way late. My body apparently needs more sleep that I’m giving it, because I got sick today which is a real bummer. Hopefully I’ll bounce back soon, because really, I just have to bounce back soon. I need your tips on keeping your calm and dealing with stress! I am not a high stress person, but over the last couple years I’ve started really physically responding to stress like for instance I get lock jaw or get sick when things become hectic. It’s no fun, and I am really trying to deal with it better. I know everyone is different, but what works for you?