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If you’re a mom, you probably know that “Me Time” is really hard to find sometimes. With three young girlies, it feels like I never have a moment where at least one of them doesn’t need something. So I’ve learned to compromise and multi-task. Since I’m breastfeeding Maya, I have the perfect excuse a few times a day to sit down and enjoy a moment–not completely by myself, but close enough. Those few minutes are the perfect time for leafing through a magazine or brainstorming my next project.
So this past week I went through both InStyle and All You magazines to find things that stood out to me then cross referenced those things to come up with a project that was inspired by something in BOTH magazines. And it wasn’t hard to find the perfect project–a Norah dress upcycle.
Combining the lacy white trend with upcycling a sheet was a natural project for me. I love to sew, and I have several sheets that I’ve been wanting to find a new purpose for. I also had a sheer curtain panel with a simple stripe that would combine with the sheet to create a beautiful dress–the Norah dress by Mouse House Creations that I’ve been wanting to sew up for a couple of months now.
The benefits of working with sheets is already-finished seams and lots of yardage. By using the finished edge of the sheet and the curtain panel, I was able to save time and effort hemming both the dress/lining and the sleeves.
I added in a little vintage lace I found at a thrift store to give an extra touch of “lacy” to the collar. The result is something simple, classy, and a little vintage.
And I love it. I made it a little bit big so that she can grow into it and wear it for a while. I love sewing for them, but it’s fun to get a little more wear out of them when they grow through the size. I do find it a little ironic that I created a white dress for the child who is hardest on her clothes, but it was her turn, and out of all my girls she gets the fewest new clothes. So putting a brand new dress on her this morning made her extremely happy.
I’ve loved this challenge for whenever you’re in a creative rut–find something inspiring and make it your own. And when you pick up these magazines at Walmart like I did, make sure you use this $1 off coupon for inspiring and thought-provoking savings as well (save $1.00 on ONE (1) PEOPLE®, InStyle®, PEOPLE StyleWatch®, All You®, or Real Simple® magazine. The Walmart digital coupon is available 1/14/15-2/16/15 (while supplies last). Brynley has definitely got some great idea formulating here.
Here are a few other upcycled and refashioned projects if you liked this one:
Easy Maxi Dress Tutorial || Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet || Pinstripe Dress from Pants
Sweater to Cardigan Refashion || Gathered Back T-shirt Refashion || Ruched Maternity T-shirt Refashion