Yellow Belle Dress | Upcycled Fitted-Sheet Dress

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Hello Internet!

And here I am for another upcycling shenanigan.

Pardon me but I just got a lot of time in my hands (thanks for the pandemic), and heaps of materials to keep me occupied.

We are still under restrictions here in Victoria, and I guess this situation will go on under the COVID vaccine is available. That will be one of the items in my Santa’s wish list, hahaha.

Another old sheet, another dress.


A perfect opportunity to upcycle since I can’t even visit my favorite op shops for a little charity shopping. And even though KMART got lots of clothes on special, they don’t fit my style either.

This time, I am using my old fitted sheet, together with this sole pillowcase (I wonder what happened to the other pair?).

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The fabric still looks nice and still good to turn into a daywear dress. 
This fitted sheet is made of cotton and fitted to a single-king size bed. 

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Then I did this manual labor of unstitching the elastics. Took me a couple of hours to finish, and I intend to keep the elastic because it still looks great and can be used for my other project.

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After hours of unstitching, and cleaning the excess threads, I started to cut the fabric using my DIY pattern for the dress. I also found this extra fabric that I used as inner-lining for the upper part of my dress.

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Then it’s sewing time! While doing so, I was watching the latest Season of Lucifer, and I am enjoying his character, although I admit that Season 3 is not my favorite season. 





Let me know if you like this Netflix show, or not.

Here is the final dress from scratch!

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sustainable fashion, upcycled fashion, recycling clothes

I managed to finish this dress in just two days without distractions. Maybe because I am already getting used to my sewing machine, and the familiarity of the pattern and the fabric. The dress is super comfortable, screams summer (actually!), and I managed to create a hairbow, face mask, and big scrunchie for this dress. 

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sustainable fashion, upcycled fashion, recycling clothes

Then I realized that this look reminds me of the yellow dress + the red rose of Belle (from Beauty and the Beast). I could not help but smile at the idea. 

Which made me think of the story. 

Belle is tired of her same lifestyle living in the same provincial town. She loves reading books, which triggers her to dream more and experience what the books are feeding her thoughts. Well, I wouldn’t blame her for that though. But somehow, she shouldn’t express her discussed living a provincial life, because if she only lives in the year 2020, I bet she will be wishing every night to go back to her same old provincial town in isolation and live a quiet lifestyle. 




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Unlike Belle, I don’t have Stockholm Syndrome.

And unlike Belle, I chose the countryside lifestyle, over my previous life in the concrete jungle.

Did I regret it? Sometimes, I miss a sprinkle of it. But never regret my choice.

I am happier, relax, stress-free, have a loving husband, and now have a lot of time to enjoy my passion, and share my upcycling projects with you!

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sustainable fashion, upcycled fashion, recycling clothes

Remember these shoes? That’s from my recently shoeholic-haul from YesStyle

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sustainable fashion, upcycled fashion, recycling clothes

I love classic Disney movies coz it gives me an opportunity to be a kid again, but never forget or brushed-off the reality of life. I am a grown-up, you know.

Speaking of reality, wearing a facemask is still a must here in Victoria, and there is no clear vision as to when are we can freely show our smile to everybody unless the COVID vaccine is available.


Our restrictions are now slightly eased, meaning as residents of Victoria, we can now travel to all Victorian towns and stay overnight, but still following the basic safety precautions, like wearing the mask, sanitizing, social distancing, etc. It wasn’t that bad actually, but our options are still limited.


Many countries start to open their borders to Australians, but the Australian government still firm on the international travel ban for their people. As a Philippine passport carrier, I can travel out of Australia, but there is no assurance (as of now) that they will allow me to come back.

So I rather stay here in our Victorian home and just enjoy what we have for now.

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I am so glad that I finally show this upcycled dress! I know this isn’t like those dresses you can see on Preview magazine or from your Instagram feed, but this is something, and the rest of the upcycled dresses made me proud wearing. 


What do you think of this dress?





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58 comments :

  1. Totally amazing you have an awesome sewing and ingenuity skills. The outcome of the outfit looks incredible cool. You look so mesmerizing in it.

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  2. Wow. You look stunning! This is such a creative way to use fabrics lying around at home. I really am impressed on how it turned out. You are a skilled designer!

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  3. That is really cool! You are a super talented seamstress. I would never ever think of making a sheet into a dress.

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  4. You are so creative! I love upcycling like this, especially when it looks as great as your dress does. Amazing!

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  5. Such an amazing DIY! The dress came out so nice. Finding ways to upcycle is important.

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    1. I'm trying to spend less nowadays, hahaha. Also this gives me opportunity to enjoy my free time.

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  6. Very cool DIY dress from a fitted sheet! You are super talented and it looks really good on you!

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  7. love this dress! This shade of yellow seams perfect to me. I am charmed!

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  8. This dress is so beautiful and just has the Fall vibes all over it! I love how flowy it is!

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  9. oh my goodness you are so creative ! the dress look totally fantastic ! kind regards Pati Robins @style squeeze blog

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  10. I love this dress! It looks so comfortable and so nice to go out with. You are so talented and make it look so easy.

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  11. You are super talented and creative. What a nice dress you have stitched with the hair band and the mask too twined all together.

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  12. That’s a great upcycle! Love the color!

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  13. I wish I am as skilled as you when it comes to upcycling! I love the type of yellow of this dress - this is probably my favorite yellow. I've been really into upcycling these days but more on home interiors. I don't own a lot of clothes since I move a lot but I will definitely try to do it with some clothes that I'd like to donate. Thanks for sharing, Blair!

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  14. Another amazing dress! So creative of you. Reminds me of a more realistic version of Belle's dress from Beauty & the Beast.

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    1. Aww thank you! Though I would love to recreate Belle's ballgown, but it will take time for me to source for sustainable materials.

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  15. wow this turned out so cool!! I have zero sewing knitting bones in me! This is the best upcycle i saw recently!

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  16. I wish I was as good at crafts as you are. This doesn't even look like old bedding! Such a cute idea and really well made too.

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    1. I guess it is also good that the bedding's fabric wasn't too frail.

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  17. Wow!! This dress is SO cute! You are so talented, thanks for the tips! This is amazing!

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  18. Blair I really love your innovations, they are so elegant always. Your designs are so good, I lovedhow this yellow dress turned out to be..

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    1. Aww thank you Monidipa! I'm trying to be sustainable but still fashionable (and saving for the best, and worth an investment).

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  19. You're so talented! This is the impression I have everytime when I read about your upcycling stories. Really a beautiful dress from bed sheet & pillow case done. You have to consider starting a tailor business ya :D Am serious, have followed your TikTok :D cheers, siennylvoesdrawing

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    1. Aww thank you dear! I can also do that as side hustle, but for now I am enjoying this crafting. Maybe one day I could open a small atelier business :)

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  20. wow speachless,,, all our old sheets i used to turn them into rag before disposing it...first time i have seen someone turn it into a dress...great idea my fellow country men..are you from manila?

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    1. Yes I'm from Manila!
      My project is to prolong the life of each fabric. Good thing that most of the duvet/bedsheets that I've got are still in good condition.

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  21. What a great upcycle Project! the dress turned out great love it!!

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  22. That dress is beautiful! You did a great job and the color looks pretty on you!

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  23. Wow, dress made from pillow case really? This is what we called fashion! I love the design so gorgeous and you look beautiful stunning on your dress.

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    1. Thank you Maysz! More upcycling projects and OOTD :)

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  24. Wow! that looks like a designer dress, really beautiful and trendy. So creative and innovative.

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  25. You look amazing. The red and yellow are best match. I like the yellow mask with the dress haha. You did well!

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  26. This is really creative, I never would've thought this dress was actually made from sheets, great job !

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    1. Thank you Rochelle! I enjoyed upcycling, and op shopping :)

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  27. looks like so much fun! I absolutely like you in yellow and using same material for a mask is very creative and adds a lot to the whole look

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  28. OMG BLAIR!!! You have to teach me how to sew! Always wanted to learn how to do it so I can recycle my clothes. You did good!

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  29. I want to have that beautiful yellow dress, Blair. It's awesome that you are able to make something so nice.

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