Little Girls Sweater Dress ~ Up-cycle

One of the things on my “To Do List” for 2012 is to do more up-cycles.  I thought I was time to uncover and dust off my sewing machine to get started.  About a month ago my MIL gave me two huge garbage sacks full of old clothing.  There were several sweaters among the clothes.  Some of them were in good condition just out of date.

I had been wanting to make sweater dresses for the girls forever.  I just never found the right sweater.  Or didn’t want to spend money on a sweater just to try it out.  But for free……, I’ll try just about anything.

Here is the sweater we are starting with.  Please ignore the pink balloon in the bottom left corner.  The kiddos were helping me take photos.

After I laid out the sweater I took one of Abba’s longer shirts that fits her well and laid that on top.

I didn’t want to mark on the sweater so I just used pins to make my “pattern”.  I made sure to give myself plenty of seam allowance.  That way if I messed up I had more to work with.  I cut on the outside of the pins.  This way I would only have to put one seam down each side of the dress.  I pinned all the way to the bottom of the sweater so I wouldn’t have to hem the dress.

Open the shirt after it is cut and place right sides together.  Then sew up the sides and arms.  I took a 5/8 inch seam.  Hem the sleeves by folding them over twice and doing a top stitch around. Sorry no photos of this step.

After I sewed it all back together.  I trimmed my seam a little so it would lay nicer.  Then I zig-zagg stitched the edge of the seam to help with fraying.  If you have a surger you can can just surge it.

I felt like it needed something so I ruffled some satin ribbon and sewed it on in three swirls.  If you would like to see how I make my ruffles you can check out this post.
For a more detailed tutorial you can check this one out.

Paired some leggings and boots it makes for a cute outfit and one happy girl. Now I need to make one for the baby.

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  1. That turned out super cute…just like your model! I love when you can experiment with free stuff, no fear~

  2. That is So darling! I love the embelishments too. Why oh why can’t I sew?! 😉 Great job!

  3. I agree with Tamara,’s awesome when stuff is free so you can experiment without fear. This turned out great and Abby looks adorable in it.

  4. What a cute upcycle! I love it! I REALLY have to learn to do this type of thing. It’s genius.

  5. More and more I’m seeing the potential in old clothes to be upcycled. It’s great to be able to give something new life as a cute little outfit that’s loved once again. This has inspired me to do something similar with some old sweaters I have.

  6. Judi Spinetti says:

    really really cute !! I’m going to try this real soon !!

  7. I just wanted to let you know I featured your adorable sweater dress on Blissful and Domestic tonight. Stop by and grab a button:>

  8. I want to try this right NOW! 😉

  9. I Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! We will open it tonight to start linking up. Feel free to stop by and grab a party button!

  10. Very creative! I applaud your willingness to try something new. It’s so fun to dress our little girls in cute dresses. You found a great way to do it. ~

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