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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Women's Sweater to Little Girl Dress

Hello friends! Can you tell I've been in the sewing mood? Or maybe it's clothing mood. I've been trying to hit the sales and stock up for my growing 3 year old. You can see the skirts I've made her from old button up shirts here and here. Why pay money if you can re purpose something for just a little bit of your time. I've had this sweater sitting in my closet for years. It shrunk up and has always been to short for my liking and so it's rarely been worn. Well I finally moved it to my DI box (Utah's version of Goodwill) I pulled it back out and decided to try and make a dress for my daughter. Here's what I did.

Start out with an old sweater

Cut the arms off at the shoulder

Decide how long you want the sleeves to be and use the cuff part of the arm. Make sure to cut it at an angle so the arm piece flows nicely into the shoulder. I laid the arm on the sweater (photo above) and cut.

Put new arm piece right side out inside your sweater and line up edges, pin and sew around the arm to attach the new arm piece and down the side of the sweater to close up the old arm opening.

Since this sweater had the long "v" in the front I stitched that together on each edge leaving just enough space to have the dress fit over her head.



So what do you think? It was definitely a learning experience and this sweater was hard to work with and I had a lot of fraying and unravelling, but it has held up in the wash. I think it turned out super cute and looks even cuter on...my daughter was having a 3 year old moment wouldn't let me take a picture of her in it. The flower is one of their hair clips I made a few years ago and I just clipped it on. Hopefully I'll be able to get a picture of her in it and share it with you soon! Enjoy!

13 comments:

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This is such a great idea. One of my favorite things to do -re-purpose clothing. You did a great job!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Wow, that is such a great idea. I would have never thought to do that! You clever girl, you! Thanks for popping in for a visit at The Dedicated House and for your sweet comment. Toodles, Kathryn

Rochelle @Home Sweet Homebodies said...

That turned out so cute! I have a pile of sweaters waiting to refashioned too, but I have been intimidated trying to figure out how to deal with the unraveling. Did you use a serger, or just try to sew the sleeves on really sturdily? Thanks for sharing!

.~*Catrina*~. said...

Very cool idea! It looks like it turned out nice. How does it fit her? I love seeing them on the kiddos. :)

Emilee said...

Wow! What a great re-fashion! Looks awesome great work!

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Katy said...

This is so clever. It will be so cute this fall with little leggings & boots =) It's hard to find toddler clothing that is subtle - everything is so bright & bold (which I like, it's just nice to have some subdued options).

katy @ redBuddy notes

Just Jaime said...

How cute! Great job!

rockabillyandme said...

I stumbled upon your blog this morning and cannot wait to peek at all your great ideas and try them out. I love re-creation!!!!!!

Stephanie said...

Hey Marie! This turned out so cute! I love sweater dresses! This is perfect for fall! You seriously have the cutest ideas, ever! Hope you have a great day! :)

Danielle said...

Super cute Refashion. That dress would be so cute with boots:>

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Love it and pinned it! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Jordan McCollum said...

What a great idea! I wonder if I have a sweater I might be able to repurpose.

falei oalei said...

I have one hoodied sweater like this

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