Ann Adams 4602 – duvet to dress

Ann Adams 4602  - upcycle duvet to dressI had been looking at this pattern for a while and I love wrap-arounds, skirts, dresses, tops –  The duvet had two lovely faded shades and the blue over-lock edge suited so to include this detail in  the dress I made some with blue piping with bias from some blue scrap I had and and yarn (which I made into piping cord by zig zagging a few lengths of 4 ply together and then covering with the blue bias strip)

Ann Adams 4602  - upcycle duvet to dress




I wanted to see if lining and or making it reversible would work – it didn’t really as it was too heavy, and the fit of the dress is not a snug as i would like.  The curved back looks attractive but it has ‘nowhere to go’ or be attached to, I think the straps and curve could be altered here.  I am thinking of trying something similar in time and shaping the back differently – I would also shape the front bodice a bit better as it is made for a more matronly bust, what I really liked though was the skirt as it has a kick out in the front seam and gives great flare………….   

Simplicity 8825 – Jiffy Dress – duvet to dress

Simplicity 8825 - Jiffy Dress - duvet to dress

I love these jiffy dresses, they seem to have a ‘gal on the go’ feel to them.  I thought for some reason that this would be reversible also, which it is – kind of – except the ties i put inside to keep it in place, then are on the outside, but this could be changed.  This one was made from a duvet cover.  It uses a lot of fabric, as in effect you are making 4 dresses including the lining.  It would work well and the double layer gave a good hang to the dress, but the poly-cotton is a bit ‘flat’.  it would work well in an inexpensive light silk or with some nice braid/print/embroider detail,   I got this pattern from LadyJaneVintage on etsy (who I am convinced knows a lot of people personally in ups it got here so fast!)


The dress itself once cut was quick to make up, and as it was self lined, there were no seam finishes.  I am still unsure about neckline and hem length.  The neckline goes right to the neck and I think would work better as a slight boat neck, the hem length is on the knee on me, so it feels ‘in-between’ lenghts.

Simplicity 8825 - Jiffy Dress - duvet to dress


Simplicity 8825 - Jiffy Dress - duvet to dress

Simplicity 8825 - Jiffy Dress - duvet to dress