Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Linky Party #7 and My Sweater to Girl's Dress

Tutorial: How to turn an old sweater into a Girl's Dress

1. Find an old sweater, a straight edge, scissors and a dress that currently fits the little lady.

2. Cut off the sleeves of your old sweater and lay your pattern (little girl's dress) on top.

3. Trace around the edges. Don't trace the sleeves. Cut it out.
These are your front and back pieces.
4. Pin together at the shoulders seams and sew across each.

5. Use old sleeves and cut up the side seams to "open" each sleeve. Cut the length to the length of the sleeves you'd like for your new sweater dress for the little girl.

6. Lay one sleeve underneath the sleeve opening on your dress. Trace. Cut along this line. Repeat for other side. This will allow each sleeve to fit properly.
7. Pin each sleeve (right sides of the sleeve fabric touching the right side of the sweater). Sew along the shoulder curve on each side.
8. Lay your dress right sides together, matching up sleeves, sides and bottom. Pin along sleeve length and down the side. Sew this part on both sides of the dress.

9. Flip it right side out and it should look like a dress.
10. Cut two pieces that will be your hood. Sew them along the curved part (see below).
11. Add bias tape. (or fold under a hem)
12. Pin to your dress (right sides touching) and sew all around - slowly. Take pins out as you go.
Admire your work! You're done!

Favorite from last week's linky party....we had 31 entries!
Melissa made this little girl's red ruffled scarf (and check out her hair clip, too) - love it!


Kim made this baby blanket that took hours to make and it looks worth it!

Kellie made this ruffle shirt with rosettes along the top as a border. Awesome job!

Now it's time for...LINKY PARTY #7

1. Show off something you've made. Link to the specific post on your blog.
2. Become a follower or grab my Seamingly Smitten linky button and put it in your blog post or sidebar so others can join!
3. Look around some of the other links people have posted and
leave some linky love comments.

Come back next Wednesday to see some of my favorites and linky up again!.


Nancy said...

I love the hood!!!

Staci J said...

LOVE that sweater dress, sooo cute!!

Sandra Toro said...

beautiful sweater-dress!!!!!

Kellie said...

Wow! Thanks for featuring my ruffle shirt! I LOVE your sweater dress tutorial! I have a sweater that I have been wanting to make into a dress for Alyssa - now I have a tutorial to do it :-) Thanks!!!
I just love your blog!

Shannon @FairfaceWashcloths said...

Oooh - I love the sweater dress! I've been a little afraid of cutting up sweaters, I guess I'm afraid they'll unravel or something but that turned out darling. I won't be afraid anymore! :)

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