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My $3 Maternity Dress

Yes, that’s right, $3. And no, it’s not upcycled. Or thrifted. Well, ok, it’s kinda thrifted. I found the fabric at a salvage store. So, technically, the fabric is new, but was about to be thrown out, so I snagged it. And it’s not just any fabric….it’s a jersey sheet!

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I love scoring jersey sheets on sale or clearance, but my best score ever was when I stumbled upon tons of jersey sheets at a salvage store! They were practically telling me to buy them they were so cheap. I snagged two sets for $5 each and another one for $10.  These sheet sets are typically twin or twin XL. That comes out to approximately 6 yards of fabric! Six yards of fabric for $5-10!

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Do I need to do the math for you? Ok, I will. I love numbers. 🙂

$10 / 6 yards = $1.67 per yard!

$5 / 6 yards = $.83 per yard!

Now see what I mean?! They are just begging you to buy these sheet sets and make something out of them!

And even if you can’t get them at a salvage store, they do go on clearance at Target and Walmart from time to time, so keep an eye out.

Plus, I used the hems from the pillowcase and the flat sheet for this dress. Now, you can’t do that every time, but since this was the first project I made with this sheet, I took advantage of those already-sewn hems.

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Baby bump! And red, white, and blue fingernails because I have three kids and no time to do photoshoots (read: I don’t shower and do my hair every day), so we knocked out three in one day. 🙂 Here’s the July 4th one.

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And another great thing about this dress is that I hacked a pattern I already had to make it. I used the Liesl & Co Metro T-Shirt, added 20 inches to the bottom of the shirt and then added ruching to both the front and back. In hindsight, I should have probably stopped the ruching above the bottom area, but oh well. (TIP: Don’t have that pattern? Don’t worry! Check out this free tutorial for making your own maternity tank top or grab any non-maternity shirt pattern that you have on hand).

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This dress was actually made during my last pregnancy with Lioness and I only got to wear it once. I made it for my birthday and she came 3 weeks later. Now, it’s way too hot to wear this dress, so I’m going to need to chop off those sleeves in order to wear it this time around. It is so comfy!!
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Do you make anything out of sheets, jersey or otherwise? I’d love to see (sneak a comment below with a link to your creations)!

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