Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sweater Refashions

This past fall, I really wanted a sweater dress for Keira. Let's face it, comfy, cozy, cute, what's not to love? But nothing in the stores caught my eye. At least, nothing I was willing to pay reasonable money for.

I decided I'd make her one instead. I checked out Pinterest for some tutorials, but in the end, just went to our local thrift store to see what they had.

I found these 3 in the women's section. I liked the green for the cozy-comfy and the black for it's sparkliness (I really think I'm just making up words sometimes). But when I saw those pockets and buttons, it was instant attraction. I knew that was the one.

Since Thanksgiving was going to be coming up (yeah, I know. Babies, remember. Blogging takes the backseat), I started with the green.

First things first, cutting off the neck & sleeves. (While my late night snack waits patiently).

This was my first attempt at adult sweater to toddler sweater dress. I didn't take many pics because I was paying attention to what I was doing (totally not me, right?) The design of the sweater allowed me a good amount of leeway. I brought in the sides, then shortened and reattached the sleeves and neck piece.

Since it was also my first time working with knitted fabric, it never crossed my mind to allow for the extreme directional stretch. So the shoulders went a bit wonky. Other than that, I think it came out pretty good.



Of course, I got no good pics of her wearing it on Thanksgiving. I snapped these of her brushing her teeth before taking it off her for the night.



Next up was the black. I loved the silver mixed in and had an idea of what I wanted as an end result. This time, I was more aware of stretch and used the cutting mat to trim it down and cut off the neck trim.

It ended up cute but not at all what I was going for. The neckline drooped and bowed out way more than I wanted. I haven't decided if I want to attempt a fix or another refashion with it.


Now onto my fave. I knew I had to include those pockets but my little bean is just so skinny. I did a ton of drawing and erasing before I did any cutting. I decided to go with an A-line shape.

And if you know my sewing, you know I rarely use patterns, but for this one, I wanted it to come out perfect. I wanted a puff sleeve and having never done one, I gave in, went online for a printable, and did a ton of marking before taking out the scissors.


I can't even tell you how thrilled I was that it came out so good.

I again shortened the neck piece and reattached. I am so in love with it. Well, not that bottom ribbing. Plus it made it too long for her. Off it came!

I had some pretty good sized scraps so I decided to attempt a little hat to go with it and got another pattern off the web.

Unfortunately, there wasn't enough fabric for the pattern, which was sized for an adult. So I used my computer to shrink the pattern down a bit. There was a lot of pin usage.

I don't even have words for how adorable this is. I really don't.

Such a ham, this kid.

The hat ended up being just the slightest bit too small so it didn't end up fitting fully onto her head after all.

What could be cuter for some dancing with her daddy? Sorry about the horrible pics. Low lights, toddler dancing & a cell camera do not make for a fantastic photo experience.

For less than the price of one sweater dress from the store, she's now got 3. And I've got some items in the back of my closet that I'm looking at in a whole new light.