The other day I was walking through Target and saw that all of their back to college things were being clearanced out. I snatched up a few packages of jersey knit sheet sets, knowing that I would get a ton of yardage for a very little price. In fact, Kate has done the calculations. There’s about 6 yards of material in a twin sheet set….whoa that’s a lot of material for my $12!!!
The sheets sat on my shelf for a few weeks, and then it hit me….the gray flat sheet would be a perfect maxi dress! I whipped this dress up in about an hour…it is super easy! So easy that I thought I would make a tutorial for you all!
Here are the things you need to grab:
- a flat jersey knit sheet
- 1 inch wide elastic
- favorite t shirt pattern or shirt to trace (Kristin has a free tee pattern here)
- sewing machine
Alright…let’s get started on the steps. The dark gray in these pictures shows the wrong side of the fabric and the yellow shows the pieces you are cutting out.
- Lay the flat jersey sheet out in front of you lengthwise.
- Fold the left and right sides in.
- For this step you need to grab your t shirt or pattern to trace. Cut out the front and back t shirt pieces on the fold. End your pattern pieces 2 inches below your natural waist. Also cut out your sleeves, neckband, and if you wish, armbands (to finish off your sleeves). Sew these t shirt pieces according to your pattern directions, but omit the bottom hem.
- Open your flat sheet back up. The bottom part of the sheet will become your skirt with the hem becoming your bottom hem. Measure yourself from your natural waist down to your ankles. Take this measurement and add 1/2 inch. Cut out your skirt piece by using this measurement as your length (in the picture the short side of the yellow rectangle) and then use the length of the sheet as the width of your skirt (the long side of the yellow rectangle). Leave the left and right hem of the sheet behind when cutting out the width.
- Grab your elastic and measure around your waist. Subtract 1 inch from that measurement and cut the elastic. Overlap the ends of your elastic by 1/2 inch and zig zag stitch to form a tube.
- With right sides together, fold your skirt in half and sew the back seam (this is the short side of your rectangle).
- Flip your skirt right side out. At the top (unhemmed edge) sew a row of basting stitches 1/4 inch below the top. Sew a second row of basting stitches 1/4 inch below your first row. Gather your skirt together by pulling on the top threads of your basting stitch.
- Now pin your skirt to your elastic, with the elastic on the inside (wrong side) of the skirt, matching the top edge of your skirt with the top edge of the elastic. I also matched the zig zag seam of the elastic with the seam of the skirt. Sew the skirt to the elastic using a zig zag stitch.
- Turn your shirt piece inside out and match the top of the skirt (where you gathered the fabric and sewed the elastic) with the unfinished bottom edge of your shirt. Right sides will be matching. Pin around, placing the skirt seam at the back of the shirt. Sew the shirt to the skirt and elastic using a zig zag stitch or your serger. You will need to stretch the elastic as you sew. Flip right side out, and you are done! Great work!