Sunday, November 13, 2011

Upcycled Sweater Dress Tutorial

Alright. So, I didn't take a before picture of this sweater. I know! So so so not cool. I cruised around the internet trying to find something comparable.

This is similar...

Source: Bonanza
Although you can see that the one above has a row of buttons on the front. And no hoodie. And, well, of's brown.  Ok. This is as good as I could fine.  Moving on...

When I spotted it on the thrift store rack, it was love. I decided to make it into a dress for my wee girl. But I wasn't sure what to do about the big neckline which swamped her little shoulders.

Well, I started by taking it in on the sides and the sleeves all in one go. And also putting in a new seam along the shoulders from the neck to sleeve.  (First I turned it inside out and then pinned it where I wanted the new seams....and... let's hope I first tried it on her to see where I wanted the new seams to go....but I can't really remember.... I actually made this last year and when I finished it, it was too big on her and looked funny. I chalked it up to a Craft Fail. But then Zoe found it a few days ago, slipped it on and I realized it fit and looked good! Yay!)

So, I serged it from the sleeves to the hem and also from the neck to sleeves (is this making any sense?) and tried it on her. (I probably had to take it in a bit more on the sides....)

And then I pondered about that neckline. What to do...what to do?

Hmmmm, what about some darts? Yes. darts. I put one in each side. The Nordic design disguises them rather nicely, I think.

This looks a bit like the outline of a body at a murder scene. Poor sweater....

Can you see the new seam line and dart?
No clue what a dart is? Or maybe you're picturing some yellow foam Nerf darts and wondering how I put those into the sweater dress?  Well, let me help you out. Go check out this Dart Tutorial for more info.

This is a another pic of the new seam and dart, but from the inside.

And there you go. Ridiculously easy. 

A woman's sweater to little girl's sweater dress.  



And super cute. 


  1. I love this idea! I need to make one of these for my daughter!


  2. All right I'm totally on the look out for a cute thrift store sweater now! It looks sooo cute on her and I love the pictures. I just realized what I love so much about your pictures! I love how they are crooked! Clever girl :)

  3. That's so cute. Wish I could sew better.

  4. So cute! What a cute little model. :)

  5. You are amazing my friend. I LOVE it!

  6. Alright...this is super cute! In fact, it's perfect! This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable this Wednesday. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

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  7. Hi there, this is so sweet, what a great job you did. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. Hey! This is adorable! I'm visiting from Frugally Sustainable and I love this dress. Great idea!

  9. That turned out great I'd love you to add it to my link party at

  10. That is so cool! I'm going to go take a look through my and my husband's old sweaters to see if there is something I can work with. Your's turned out really cute!

  11. You made it:)Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I'm so happy to "meet" you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin'
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

  12. I have been meaning to do this with a sweater, I actually have a few that I put aside and well I am just a slacker. But this looks so cute and might just be the inspiration I need!

    I host a weekly upcycling party and would love it if you linked this project up.

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  14. It looks so cute! What a great refashion!

  15. What a great idea! Love the new dress. :)

  16. This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


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