vintage sheet to maxi dress

tada! I love* posting my to do list on the blog, then I have some accountability with you guys to finish it! so here’s my finished vintage sheet into maxi dress! I kind of love it.ย  Especially with this belt I thrifted on the same trip as the sheet. I only wish I’d sewn pockets in! Well, it’d be easy to unpick the seam and add some, but let’s face it, it’s done and I probably won’t.

*only when it’s something I really want to do…and not something like tweeze my eyebrows or vacuum my sewing room floor.

It’s swingy and flowy and fun. (and that strap doesn’t want to stay on my shoulder.) It was not too bad of a sew (I used this pattern), just a little crazy wrestling with the fabric to cut the pieces out. It was a BIG sheet. I have a ton leftover. Do I sense some mommy and me outfits? (just kidding guys! or am I…)

I even whipped out the shoulder pop for you guys. (that’s a legit modeling term. er, swear.)

ย  and the “hippie dancing in a field”.

Thanks to my sister Janae for taking these pics for me, and to the runners who ran past as quickly as they could, avoiding eye contact with the weird girls taking pictures in a field. We appreciate your eye contact avoidance.ย  It made it much less awkward.


  1. Super cute Jess. I love those kind of dresses. And cute pics too!

  2. Cute! Now I wanna make mine! BTW LOVE that belt!!

  3. LOVE it! Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love how the dress turned out!

  5. CUTE! I love it! And what a fabulous sheet! The only good vintage sheet I have is suuuuuuuper thin, and also not fractionally as cute. Also I’ve made the pillowcases into dresses for the girls already so it’s really doubtful that I should make myself a maxi dress out of it, despite it being tempting. Because you just know Nicole would be demanding we all match. And though my little heart would be full of much joy, it would be the “lets not leave the house though ‘kay?” kind.

  6. It’s beautiful!

  7. Looks Awesome! Your sister did a great job with the pics!

  8. First of all, this post totally cracked me up! There is nothing more awkward than someone seeing you take pictures of yourself (which is why I usually do it in my backyard while my neighbors are at church…so sneaky). As for the dress, well, it’s gorgeous. It really does look lovely on you and perfect for summer. And I’m in awe that you made it out of a sheet. Oh, and you know I’m all for mommy and me matching outfits!

  9. LOVE the cross bodice. You did great!

  10. oh man! i love it. you look great!
    i totally get the photo shoot embarrassment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. love it!, that is one steal of a sheet!

  12. It is so cute! I love it.

  13. wow, totally beautiful jess! and way to go with the pics, they’re awesome.

  14. Fab! And I am so with you on the vacuuming and eye-brow plucking. I can think of 100 things I’d rather do before either of those.

  15. This is too cute! I’m featuring this on my blog tomorrow! Stop by and grab a button.

  16. Jess it turned out so cute! It looks breezy and perfect for summer!! Love these pictures of you too!! I think you should use the leftover fabric to make coordinating outfits for your girls (mixed with other fabrics). You don’t all have to wear them on the same day. . . . ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad the runners didn’t stare you down. ha.

  17. LOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!! Cute pictures too! And belt!! I pretty much love everything about it!! It turned out so cute and it looks so cute on you!!! LOVE IT!!!

  18. love it! Love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Nicely Done!!!

  20. super cute!

  21. This is AWESOME! You’re like the nanny from the Sound of Music (only 10x cooler and not a nun).


  22. That dress is lovely!!

    I’m thinking of picking up sewing again (turning old dresses into skirts is my next project) and your post has given me a bit of a nudge ‘cos I know how good it feels to wear something you’ve made yourself and that no one else has!!

    So, thanks – and again – beautiful dress!


  23. Love this!! How pretty! What maxi dress pattern did you use? or could you do a tutorial? I’m about to have a baby in a few weeks & have tons of vintage linens so this would be great for the end of the summer to hide the post baby bulge..LOL So cute!

  24. It turned out super cute! I love it! And the belt goes great. Good finds!

  25. Oh how I love vintage sheets! I’ve got like 30 waiting to be transformed into something awesome! Your dress is fabulous… love it!

  26. Love it! You look so gorgeous!

  27. I love it! I have been dreaming of making myself a maxi dress for a long time.

  28. This turned out so pretty!

  29. That is super cute! And the belt is awesome with it. Great job!

  30. Super cute! You could always add pockets on the outside like you have done for Sadie’s dresses and skirts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. i think you should do the mommy and me outfits than i won’t feel so weird doing it too!

  32. Very cute!

  33. Oh my gosh I love it! Well done.

  34. i love it!!! great job! what pattern did you use for it?? i want to make one!!

  35. How cute are you? Why can’t I ever find sheets like that in a thrift store…all I find is sheets that are close to needing to be burned.

    It is super cute and looks like you had fun with your photo shoot.

  36. Maxi dresses aren’t always seem to be the most flattering, but this pattern in the fabric you chose with the belt looks great! Pretty pictures too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I LOVE IT!!! ‘specially the hippy in the field bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh california! Hope you’re having a happy summer!

  38. Beautiful…can’t wait to go to the flea market this weekend and browse the linens!

  39. Oh Jess, It looks fabulous. You are totally getting me motivated to start sewing for myself. I can do it.

  40. So cute!!! It looks so great on you. Way to go!

  41. Just started following you a few weeks ago, LOVE your blog! I also love the idea of using a sheet. Awesome dress.

  42. You look fantastic, Jess! Really nice job. The belt is perfect!

  43. Beautiful. and you just know that you will succomb to the mummy & me matching outfits… don’t fight it. lol.

  44. Found it! This turned out great, I love adding the belt, and the great print. It looks really comfortable too!

  45. So very cute!! You look great!

  46. would love to feature on the vintage sheet blog. lmk if that is all right. [email protected]

  47. HEY! I OWN that sheet! ๐Ÿ™‚ Had it in blues, too! :)Great blast from the past!~ Thanks for sharing!

  48. “We appreciate your eye contact avoidance. It made it much less awkward.”

    haha. The fabric and design is very creative and beautiful, eh. Though, it’s also weird that you are modeling it in the middle of a field.haha.

    Cathy@embroidery digitising

  49. This is so beautiful! I can’t believe that fabric is from a vintage sheet. It’s fantastic!
    I did a little maxi dress series and would love if you linked up your dress!

  50. Super cute! I’m going to have to make one of my own now!

  51. I love this dress! Now I have to go through my moms linen closet to find a cool sheet.

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