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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42 Responses to Striped Bedsheet Dress/McCalls 5613

  1. Ginger says:

    Hey Amy! You have been featured this week!

    Love how cute this dress turned out!
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  2. Stacey says:

    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

  3. Christine says:

    Totally LOVE the dress Amy!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!
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  4. I want a dress like that!! I envision eggs in those pockets. :)
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
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  5. Cathy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

  6. This is just an adorable dress and your little girl is so pretty! Hope her arm is healing up nicely. Your pictures look good to me. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

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  7. Gina says:

    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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  8. So cute! Love the pockets. Perfect for an arm sporting a brace :)
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  9. Another pretty creation! Perfect for summer! And love the pink cast. Hope she gets better soon! If you’re linking up this weekend I’d love for you to show it off at All Things Pretty.
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  10. Pam says:

    Hi Amy, I’ve featured your Striped Bedsheet dress today… Threading Your Way ~ Features
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  11. bedspreads says:

    Wow what a adorable dresses..They didn’t like they were made from bedsheets..Love it..

  12. T'onna says:

    Cute dress! Cool pockets! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!
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  13. dropped by from APIMP – this dress is gorgeous and your daughter looks the same in it :)

  14. Love this dress! I would never have guessed that this was a bed sheet…amazing!
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  15. This is sooo sweet.. I love the big pockets and buttons and seriously what a great way to upcycle your sheet!
    Love it~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
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  16. Kelley says:

    The dress is adorable! And I was wondering about the cast, so thanks for the update! :)
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  17. Angel says:

    This is the most adorable little dress. I’d have never thought is was a sheet.
    Thanks for sharing it at my Blog Hop. I’m also your newest Follower.
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  18. lovely dress! :-) & your daughter is so pretty! I like your pictures with your iPad they don’t look bad at all! but I understand you, I take mine with my iPhone and then transfer them, then edit them; too much work! :-)
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  19. claudia says:

    super adorable! thanks for sharing on pin it mondays :)

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  20. Katie says:

    Leave it to you Amy to take a boring bed sheet and turn it into something fabulous! Just love it!
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  21. Beautiful dress! I love the piped pocket and pretty pastel colors! It’s a perfect dress for summer!
    Thanks for linking up!
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  22. Lisa Newlin says:

    Does the pink cast come separately or does that come with the pattern as well? :-)
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  23. Betty Taylor says:

    Love the beautiful dress! I think it is good that you are teaching her to use email and allowing her the chance to use it while supervised. They will learn how to do these things, I just think it is better to learn things with your parents.
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  24. 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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  25. Nicole says:

    These are beautiful! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Nicole
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  26. Angela says:

    You did an excellent job! Thanks for linking with HickoryTrail

  27. The dress is adorable, Amy! And yes, our kids grow up very differently to how we did {not always sure it is for the better ;-) Thank you for sharing at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

    With A Blast
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  28. Cindy says:

    The dress is pretty! I especially like the pockets with piping around them.:)

  29. Marieke says:

    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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  30. What a great dress Amy, looks perfect for the lovely weather your having :) its been raining here all weekend :( have a lovely week :)
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  31. Rachel says:

    Really cute dress! She looks really happy in it too, always a plus.
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  32. I love these photos of sweet Bella. The breeze and Bella playing with the pocket just add so much heart.

    Sue xo
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  33. Hannah Smith says:

    What a beautiful dress, and a very happy little girl from the looks of it! My little sister broke her arm a few months ago and her cast looked exactly the same, bright pink with doodles all over it. Most of them from me ! HEHE :D xxx
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  34. That dress is super pretty! And the model wearing it is so lovely. Love the pattern you used. It looks just so perfect for summer!
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  35. What a cute little dress! Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
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  36. What a cute little dress! Thanks for linking this to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  37. MammaNene says:

    I love this dress and anyone can say it comes from sheets!!!
    (the pocket is great, but the newly-e-mailed model is really awesome… I hope this 14 days are running so she can be two-armed again!)
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  38. It’s actually pretty decent photos from your ipad – I was certain you had a “real” camera going on. :P
    Whoah, many things you have to consider, when your child is getting online, huh?
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  39. Gina says:

    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!!

  40. Mel says:

    So pretty Amy, great ideas to use the sheets
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  41. Pam says:

    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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