A long time ago I saw this great tutorial on Make It and Love It on how to re-purpose an old sweater into an adorable little sweater dress. I finally made one, and I love how it turned out.
The sleeves turned out too long--well, actually, the sleeves are fine, but the shoulder area is too long. It's still adorable though. :)
A few weeks ago my girls and I stopped in at a thrift store in town, and I was surprised at how many old sweaters they had in great condition. I had to really practice some self control to not go crazy and buy a ton! I was envisioning this sweater dress, leg warmers, pillows, you name it....
The tutorial on Make It and Love It is really great and complete, but here's what I did:
First, get your old sweater.
Next, cut the sleeves of the old sweater to re-fashion them for sleeves on the sweater dress. Again, I just used my daughter's dress to get the correct length and width.
Here's a picture of the shoulder area I sewed back together. After sewing that area together, I sewed the two side seams together.
And here's what it should look like at this point: re-attached at the top and the side seams sewn together. I actually had a little bit of trouble here until I realized that I did not have symetrical cuts (my left side had fewer cables than the right side). So, after finding the mid-line and counting the number of cables on either side to make sure they were the same and then re-sewing, then I had a symetrical dress. :)
Now it is time for the sleeves. With wrong sides facing together, sew your sleeves up.
To attach the sleeves to the dress, keep the sleeves and the dress in-side-out but pin the right sides together as shown here in the picture. Then, sew them together.
Ta-da! You have a dress.
Super cute and ready to wear!
Fun little project. I was pretty proud of myself--I think this is maybe the 7th thing I've ever sewn? And while there were some bumps on the way, it still was really fast and easy to put together. Next time (and there will be a next time) the dress will fit a little better and go even quicker. :)
Ready to hit the thrift stores yet??? :)
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