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Topic: Sweater Love (huge sweater to cute dress)  (Read 15457 times)
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« on: February 03, 2011 04:22:50 PM »

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I hate winter. It's cold and wet and terribly inconvenient. I love dresses, but lack any snow-appropriate ones. And so I hate winter even more, because it forces me to abandon all my cute dresses for not-nearly-as-cute sweaters.

Enter the giant shapeless sweater with a strange pattern:

And the awkwardly short-sleeved boy's shirt (complete with icky ribbed cuffs!):

detail shot of color and pattern:

Total cost: $3

After much cutting, pinning, sewing, and failed attempts at cleaning up all the tiny sweater bits that have taken over my house, I have a dress that I am proud to wear this winter.

I promise it doesn't pull awkwardly at the side like that, it's just the way I was standing.

Some more details for those of you who like reading:

I quickly determined that the giant sweater was not quite so giant as I had first thought, so the gray band at the waist was invented as a way to get some more length.

I then discovered that the sleeves on the sweater were also awkwardly short, so grey cuffs made from the shirt were added so that I could have the knuckle-length sleeves that I wanted.

I also used some leftover grey shirt to make removeable cuffs for my boots (which in real life are charcoal, not the light grey color seen below).

All sewn on a normal machine with a slight zig-zag stitch, except for the grey cuffs which I had to hand-sew because they were too small to get on my machine.

Another kind of dark picture that I took before I found the self-timer on my camera, but it gives more of a side-view of the dress. And I think I look cute in this picture, and that never happens.

And winter and I are now on better terms, because it decided to give me this pretty backyard instead of burying it under 2 feet of snow. Winter was also nice enough to hold off on the subzero temps so I could wear my dress today, and it was quite comfy!

Overall I'm very pleased with the results and look forward to using the remnants to make mittens and another dress.

Thanks in advance for any comments or criticisms!
« Last Edit: February 03, 2011 07:44:03 PM by bookwyrmhole » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011 05:03:23 PM »

I want one!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011 06:12:54 PM »

That's awesome! The way you pieced it together gave a beautiful result. I want one, too!

« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011 06:26:34 PM »

Wow! That's such a beautiful and dramatic change. I absolutely LOVE the finished dress.

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011 06:51:47 PM »

Super super cute -- I had no idea an ugly big sweater could make such an adorable dress!

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011 07:51:08 PM »

I like that idea.  Your dress looks cozy, I really like it.  Something I would like to try my hand at.

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011 09:07:25 PM »

This is AMAZING! I want want WANT to make one, too! Did you have a hard time with the knit sweater getting caught in the machine or sewing funny, or does it just look like a chunky knit?
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2011 03:12:44 AM »

ooooooh that is so cute! jealousyyyy! Grin

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011 04:37:31 AM »

This is super cute! You are totally right, dresses for winter are so hard to find, and never exactly what you want! This is really awesome. I'm totally tempted to try to make one. Very, very nice job!

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