Striped Bedsheet Dress/McCalls 5613

By Amy Mayen

I told you when I made the Piped Pocket Tutorial that I’d show the you the dress I made it for. Here’s Bellas Striped Bedsheet Dress!


We finally got down to the park for some photos. When I wrote my Sewing Machine Cover post, I was talking about the joys and pains of having a big family. Well, when we got to the park, it was packed with kids and I swear half of em’ were related to me!


I used McCalls 5613. The dress features a full skirt, button tab shoulder closures, and the waist is elasticized in back.


I’m still shooting photos with my iPad, and once again, this light fabric isn’t showing well. I played in Photoshop Touch some, to try to help the over exposed lighting. Bear with me until I decide to buy a camera. (I have a nice Nikon point & shoot- but I’m too lazy to plug it to my computer & download them then transfer to the iPad.) I figure if I do that much work, I might as well invest in a professional camera.


Anyways, the pattern is really nice and easy. The only thing I can say is that it has enough room that I’m not sure it needed the elasticized back. However, I made a size 10 since Bella is soon going to grow out of her size 8’s. so don’t quote me on that yet. You can see its a little big on her.


Her cast is off now, and she’s wearing a brace for 2 more weeks. Totally unrelated to this post.


And I wonder if anyone noticed she’s been commenting on posts, thanking her “fans”. She got so many comments on her casts since her little arm was broken, that she’s pretty much a celebrity. Ahem.


Also completely unrelated, my daughter now has an email account. Although she doesn’t use it yet, I wanted to get her name before it was taken, and I thought it might be neat for her to send me pics she takes on her Kindle.

Gmail won’t allow a child her age to have an account. I had to pay 50 cents to get her a Yahoo! account, I guess to verify that there was adult consent. I’m very curious to see if they point advertising at a child. I don’t think Yahoo! is as ruthless as Gmail, but we’ll find out.

I should further clarify that she’s been leaving comments under fake emails, because I won’t actually let her use the account until I feel comfortable that she won’t be getting Viagra ads. She’s run into things on youtube and I had to answer some awkward questions. I wish I could pretend I was a perfect mom and it never happened…but I do limit useage and have since set up parental controls. Our kids are in such a different world than we grew up in. Sigh. I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day!

This dress has been featured on Pinkapotamus &Threading My Way, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Feather’s Flights, and Gingerly Made, and Sew Country Chick!


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  1. What a cute dress. Seriously wish I had a better relationship with my sewing machine…until then, I’ll just admire other people’s work and daydream :) Thanks for sharing at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Hope to see you again this week

  2. I love that this is made from a sheet! I keep looking for sheets at garage sales, but have not found any yet. You did a great job with this dress! It looks so nice and cool. I just started sewing and would love to make a dress for my 2 girls for the summer.

    Found you at the Say G’day Party. I posted a few things on that site as well, I’d love for you to check out my infant :)
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  3. What an adorable dress being modeled by the cutest young lady. This is a great reminder that you can make something beautiful out of things you already have. And, I love that your daughter is responding to comments…what a thoughtful little lady you have :)
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  4. The dress is lovely! I totally understand your concerns regarding your dauhter & internet. I’m considering all this too with my eldest one being 8 yrs old and growing up fast!
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  5. This dress is adorable (and so I’d Bella!). The sheet fabric was a perfect choice. Yay for getting the cast off, hope it continues to heal well. I love the photo with cousins everywhere. I am not sure which is harder, being a kid in today’s world or being a parent. Have a good week!!

  6. Great upcycling, Amy!!! The contrasting piped pockets really make the dress. Each generation grows up in a different world and those worlds are changing at a much faster rate.

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