Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Duvet to dress

Good Evening Lovely Readers 


.... and a huge welcome to new followers Kayaker Katie and Nearly Martha - I am thrilled that you decided to follow my ramblings. 


I have been carrying on with my up-cycling and turned another duvet cover into a dress. I saw this duvet cover in a charity shop about a month ago and fell in love with the pattern - it's M&S too, so good quality fabric. I just knew it would make a pretty dress and here is the first one:




I had such problems with the last dress, so I thought I'd start with one and see how it went, but this pattern is lovely and I have enough material to make another 2 maybe 3. I can think of several little princesses in my life who would look sweet in this dress...........

I made one a while ago for my niece, Pumpkin, with a slightly different pattern...



I am still waiting to see her in it - it has been so cold in England! I think using duvet covers is such a great idea. You get loads of material  and if you buy them in charity (thrift) shops they are really well priced. I paid £3 for each of these. The fabric is often of a good quality too - check that there is a high percentage of cotton and you won't get bobbly fabric. I look for 100% cotton. The only other cost was a pack of bias binding which cost me £2, but there is some left on the card. The dress did need 9 buttons and I couldn't find 9 matching ones and then I remembered an old duvet cover that was way past its best - sure enough - 9 pretty see-through buttons - perfect!  So, the cost of the dress was probably about £1.75 plus time and love.


What are you up-cycling? Do you think it's worth the trouble?

Love Mrs Thrifty
xxx

14 comments:

  1. I haven't got the skill to upcycle, but wish I could. That fabric is indeed beautiful. You're so clever.

    Arwedd xx

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  2. Such pretty dresses, they are both lovely. Great work, you are very talented!
    The pattern of the fabric is very nice, and it is a great idea about the duvet cover :)

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  3. Wow! I'm so envious, of you having the skill to make the dresses and the little girls who are going to wear them!Are you going to make more to sell?
    :-) x

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  4. The dresses are absolutely beautiful and what a good buy! You have done a terrific job!

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  5. Oh they are so pretty!!! You are very talented xx

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  6. HOW SUPER SWEET!!!! Love the fabric and the pattern, looks like I need to start checking out the goodwill store for some yardage, that is after I use up what I have on hand here at home!!!

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  7. Once again, a fabulous job!
    Jane x

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  8. Soooo sweet! I absolutely *LOVE* these dresses! I much prefer this style of dress rather than some of the ones you see little girls in which look like mini versions of "teen" dresses! Just lovely! :)

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  9. Beautiful dresses ... what great idea to use duvet cover material and so much fabric to work with ... all makes sense!

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  10. so pretty, I bought some Ikea (cath kidston style) duvet covers and have used them for so many projects x

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  11. They are lovely - you're very talented!

    Kay :)

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  12. What lovely dresses, you are a very talented lady.

    They'll be lots of well dressed little girls in your family soon.

    Sue xx

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  13. You make such lovely dresses. I hope you sell them and make some good money out of your talent :)Plus it would be such a shame not to share them with the whole world :)

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