Rhinestone hoop earrings: Icing by Claire’s

Watch: Citizen Eco-drive

Ribbon-edged rope-tie sundress: handmade by me

Wedge espadrilles: Old Navy

I found an old sheet at Goodwill awhile back that was in great condition – and the perfect lightweight, tightly-woven washed denim cotton that would lend itself to a pretty summery dress.  I drafted a pattern wayyyyy back in May, intending to make the dress for Memorial Day – and then never got around to it.  Then I wanted to get it done for the Fourth of July.  And of course I still didn’t do it.  Story of my life!

In any case, I finally pulled my act together and made it this Labor Day Weekend, and broke it out on Monday to wear.  Sadly, we’re experiencing an infestation of yellow jackets in our backyard under our house’s eaves – so every time we bring food out for a barbecue or picnic we get attacked.  Thus Labor Day was heralded by a picnic indoors (though we played a little soccer in the backyard away from the yellow jackets’ nests earlier).

The advantage of using a sheet for an upcycle is that by crating the pattern carefully, one can utilize the finished edges from the sheet, and save a lot of time in the finishing of your piece.  I used a striped grosgrain ribbon overlaid over the finished edges, and cotton rope (I think it’s actually for thick corded piping) as an accent.

It’s breezy and swingy and just perfect for the hot weather that has finally returned!

Hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing weekend and great Labor Day holiday (if you celebrate it!)


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