Super Easy Girl’s Sweater Dress Refashion


Look out fashion world! Here comes Brooke!

This old thrifted woman’s sweater practically jumped from the stash pile into my arms, begging to become a sweater dress for Brooke.

First, choose a shirt that fits your model to use as a pattern.

Cut around the shirt, leaving a half inch for a seam.

Right sides together and starting at the bottom of the sweater, so the bottom edges will match, sew both sides seams.

Cut sleeves to fit. If I were to do this again, I would also take in the sleeves to make them fit her better.

Right sides together, pin and sew the sleeves back into the armholes.

Now you’ve got a new sweater dress for your little girl, perfect for the cool fall weather.

A few more little dresses sewn the same way from thrifted womans’ shirts:

 

Stay warm!

Beth

You might also like this tutorial for making a hat and mittens from an old sweater:

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've just recently joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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38 Responses to Super Easy Girl’s Sweater Dress Refashion

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am thinking MITTENS with the leftover scraps from the sweater dress. Total upcycling! woohoo!

  2. She is absolutely gorgeous and I agree about the sleeves, but she won’t care, she will be nice and warm…:) So cute. Thanks, for sharing.
    ~L

  3. She is a beautiful little girl – and the dress is unbelievably gorgeous! No one will ever do without clothes in your family, that’s for sure! :) She’s one lucky little girl!

  4. ReStitch Me says:

    Very cute! Love it! :-)

  5. What a great idea and what a precious little girl!!!!!

  6. What a wonderful refashion and a darling little fashionista!

  7. marjorie says:

    Wow what an awesome mama you are! My girls would love a beautiful dress like that. Now they are old enough to make one themselves! I will pass on your blog!

    • Thank you, Marjorie! First, for liking the dress. Second, for passing along my blog. And third, for thinking I’m the mama. Brooke is my granddaughter and so fun to sew for! Have a great day!!!
      Beth

  8. Thanks, this is a great idea and your little grand looks very fetching in her new dress! If I try for my little lass, I will share the results.

  9. Sharon Lanham says:

    This is my favorite.

  10. Cara Olsen says:

    Oh my, isn’t she TOO precious! I love that sassy little look over the shoulder.

    Beth . . . I cannot believe you did this with an old sweater?! Can you PLEASE make one in my size? Maybe in greys, whites, and blacks?? You are SO talented, my friend.

    ~ Cara

    • Oh, giggle, blush, you say the nicest things, Cara!!!!!
      I found a gray, yellow and white sweater to make another dress for Brooke. I wish it was big enough, I would make one for you in a heartbeat. :)
      Hugs,
      Beth

  11. Cute, cute and cute! I like the other little dresses too. I can appreciate coming away from the pastels and bright colors sometimes even for our little ones. Keep it up!

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  13. cathynd95 says:

    What a great idea!

    • Super easy to do and she loves sweater dresses. I’ve got a few more sweaters to refashion for her. I’m excited about a gray, yellow and white sweater I found the other day. I’ll post when it’s finished. Have a great day!
      Beth

  14. Very sweet sweater dress… My little drama queen would love this.

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  16. Micaela says:

    I love your ideas! Crazy thing, I know Brooke! I’m Heather’s cousin! What a small world!

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  18. Jessie says:

    I’ve been doing a few redo’s myself but I’m not a seamstress so I was drawn to your site. You do amazing work! Some of those started out being so hideous I wondered what could possibly done but you turned it into this amazing creation. I have to bookmark this cause I want to see more!

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