If I had mad tech skills I could be writing up a whole scrolling message about planning this dress or something, but since I do not possess such skills, I will instead attempt to regale you with my wit... or distract you with lots of pictures!
I have been hanging on to these vintage Star Wars bedsheets for a very long time, wondering what to do with them. I always wanted a skirt, but the thought of cutting into this sheet was a bit terrifying. And then last Spring I was a bit mopey and to snap myself out of it I decided to adopt an attitude of seizing the moment and just going for it (in life in general). (Please note - I am not making light of depression and suggesting that people can snap themselves out of it, I was not in that place, or if I was, it was temporary and extremely minor. More like a bit sad). And yes, I realize that making a dress is not a big risk to take or anything, but seriously, cutting into vintage Star Wars bedsheets... it can be a little intimidating. If I screwed up, I would be ruining a lot of fabric! The fear of failure looms large. And these sheets are pricey on ebay! (I was lucky to score mine at thrift stores for cheap!) And so I measured a lot more than twice, and cut once!
I settled on a pattern that I modified a lot - the Blue Ginger Doll Odette dress. I changed it to a v-neck front and v-neck back as well, and narrowed the shoulder straps. I also altered the armscye and the darts. I basically used it as a starting point for developing my own bodice sloper, although after some wearing I realize I need to alter the bust darts again - they are way too high!
After I made the bodice using a print on white sheet, I auditioned it with various sheets for the skirt (yes, I have several Star Wars bedsheets...nerd alert! Nerd alert!)
|White bodice with light blue sheet for skirt?|
|White bodice with dark blue sheet for skirt?|
|White bodice with light blue Empire Strikes Back sheet for skirt?|
The skirt is a basic rectangle that I gathered at the waist. It has a zipper in the back. Both the bodice and the skirt are lined, and it has very deep pockets!!!
I finished it just in time to hit up an annual street yard sale last May, and it was so fun to wear! I got a lot of comments on it!
It's fun to wear and I have a sequel dress in mind! Now, when will they release fabric or bedsheets for The Force Awakens?