Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweater Dresses and the Dangers of Sewing

      We have a had a few brief snaps of cold (ish) weather around here, and it has put me on a winter wardrobe kick. My toddler still has the waist size of a 12-18 month old but the length of an almost 3 year that poses a real problem for finding clothes to fit the child. We do a lot of dresses and leggings, but I really need to make or alter some pants to fit her before the weather turns cold for keeps.When I saw this tutorial from Make it and Love it the other day, it reminded me I had thrifted a few sweaters last year to make into little girl dresses, and had never got around to doing it. Her tutorial is super good, so I didn't take pictures along the way when I did it. The basic idea is to use as much of the finished edges on the original sweater as possible when you resize it.
     I didn't take a picture of my sweaters to start with (I know, bad blogger!). One was just a basic, short sleeve, white sweater, and the other was a long sleeve cream colored sweater. I used the white one to make this dress for the toddler.

     It has a draw string (I just used ribbon) neckline, and a peasant style cut. Here is a vary candid, unprofessional shot of my model.

      I used the cream colored one to make the baby's. It has regular sleeves, a chunky neck, gathered skirt, and a little belt to finish it off.

      These are super simple to do, and great way to use up old sweaters. I think I might see if I can find some more colors to do more for them. I think sweater dresses are so cute!
       So why is sewing dangerous you may be wondering? Well, let me just tell you! While I was working on these, I dropped my pin cushion on the floor and forgot about it. I ended up stepping on it at just the right angle and managed to drive a sewing needle up my foot! Half of it broke off in my foot with just a tiny bit sticking out. I tried to get it out with tweezers, but they weren't strong enough. I grabbed some needle nose pliers and that did the trick for me. Lest you think I exaggerate, here is the proof.

     I'm slightly traumatized, but I think I'll recover. Let that be a lesson to you, wear proper foot protection when sewing! (Ha! I'm sure I won't be trading my flip flops in anytime soon!)
      Anyway, go check out that tutorial and have fun!

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  1. Love the sweaters! Sorry about your injury. Ouch!!! Hope you get over the trauma!

  2. Ouch! Glad you managed to get that needle out!

    The sweater dresses are GORGEOUS!! Great job!


  3. Hi there! So I always love reading all your posts - also the older ones!
    Came upon this one... And I yelped out loud... OUCH!
    So sorry about your injury! I am so scared myself to be in my sewing room without foot protection on! But, it is hot out and very warm in the sewing room... I just love walking barefoot!
    (Smooth concrete floors feel great on warm feet)
    I will think twice now I read about your injury!

    I had to add do you know (of course you don't - you don't know me) how scared I am to sew past and over needles? Or sew on buttons? (I am lazy I use my machine to sew on buttons!) I am always afraid the needle will snap and fly right into my eyes!
    So I squint and sit very weird behind the machine when doing those things...
    Maybe we should ask risk money, and wear goggles and steel nose boots while working on a garment! (LOL)

    Thanks for sharing!

    So Love your sweet inspiring blog!


  4. So cute little girls sweater dress, I like so much, thanks for sharing. Cute Sweater Dresses