Super Easy Upcycled Sweater Dress

A few weeks ago we had some super lovely warm weather and that got me thinking about Spring.  I found this old cardigan of Ellie's. She's gotten taller, so the sleeves weren't really fitting her anymore, and I thought it might be fun to upcycle it into a short sleeve sweater dress for spring. Overall it's a simple tutorial that came together in less than an hour, which I think makes it all the better.  Sometimes you just need a simple project like this, right?

Keep reading for the whole tutorial:
The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves to shorten it.

I sewed along the edge of the sweater arm to prevent it from unraveling.
Then I folded it over and sewed again.  If your sweater is particularly heavy, you might not be able to fold if over so many times.

Then I folded it over to make a passageway for the elastic.  The elastic is super easy too.  I just sewed the end of the elastic to make it a circle, and then placed it inside of the passageway.

Once you've sewn all around the edges your elastic will be kept inside.
One side of the skirt is roughly about twice the width of the sweater top.
I sewed the two sides together to make one huge skirt, which I then gathered.

I made the skirt fit the base of the sweater and sewed up the remaining side of the skirt so that it's one big circle.
I cut off the base of the sweater (and removed the last button).
Here's the skirt fit into the sweater.  I sewed all around the edges, securing the sweater to the skirt.

Not too hard right?  My little lady LOVES it!  I hope you having fun making your own version, and if you do, I'd love to see it! Tag me on Istagram!

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  1. Really cute idea!! I'm going to see if it appeals to either of my granddaughters!!

    1. Thanks Mary! I hope your granddaughters like it! :-) How fun that you sew for them...I used to love it when my grandmother made me things!



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