Sweater - Dress RevampI'm not sure when the dollar store starting carrying sweaters, but I quickly snatched this one up when I saw it. It's not THE prettiest, but I knew it would be 10x cuter as a little girls dress...and it is! Maybe you have an old sweater that would make a super cute dress. Here's how to make it:
Supplies: sweater, sewing essentials (machine, scissors, thread, etc.), buttons (if desired)1.) Fold the sweater in half length-wise to cut it into the dress shape. Cut a gradually angled line from bottom of sweater to top of the sweater ( I used my rotary cutter to get a straight line). You'll have to estimate how big to make your dress depending on the child's size or use another dress as a reference.2.) With dress still folded in half, cut a small curve for the arm-hole.3.) With right sides together, sew sides of dress together starting from the bottom and making sure to match up the bottom edge. Stop sewing at the bottom of the arm-hole. Serge or zig-zag stitch along the seams edge.
4.) Use the original sweater sleeves to make the new sleeves. Cut off the bottom of the sleeves...you can use the original cuff for the new cuff. Estimate how long you need to cut for how long you want the sleeves to be. 5.) Match the inseam of the arm/sleeve to the seam on the side of the dress. With right-sides together (the sleeve will be tucked into the inside-out sweater), pin together starting at the matched up seams. If the sleeve hole is larger than the arm-hole, you will need to gather the top of the sleeve or create pleats (I did pleats). Put the pleats/gathers at the top of the sleeve and this will give it a more girly look. Sew all around the arm-hole, connecting the sleeve to the dress. Do this to both sides. Serge.6.) You're almost done! If you want, you can embellish the dress a little. I rolled up the sleeves and added a button to them....the sky's the limit! Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did leave the original turtleneck on the dress. My daughter is 2 and it looks a little large on her, but still really cute.
You're done!!! Now your little one is ready for the cooler weather...bring on the fall! If you use this tutorial, I would love to see your sweater dresses...make sure to comment and leave a link! Thanks!!!