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Sweater Weather

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
Sometimes making clothes scares me. I do ok at it, but I’m WAY more comfortable when in charge of shoes, bags or jewelry. But in the grand tradition of my never meeting a pattern that I didn't like, I knew from the moment I saw this secondhand sweater that it'd be coming home with me to be my new project. I have to admit that I'm pretty damn pleased with the way this dress came out!Sweater WeatherThe only items needed to transform this sweater in to a dress were:*second-hand sweater*4" of 3" high elastic*22" of twill tapeSweater Weather

To start out I laid the sweater out flat and beginning at each of the bottom corners I cut diagonally up the top.

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The front and the back were now connected by just a few inches of sewing on each side of the collar. Using a seam ripper I separated them and positioned the pieces so that the good sides were together and sewed along the two sides, stopping on each side 3" from the top.

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This 3” gap is where the elastic was inserted and sewn into place.
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Tada! A skirt!
This was the point where I’d originally intended to the project to end.
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Although the skirt was great, there was a LOT of material still left. I decided on improvising a little so I could
make good use of it.
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By cutting off that excess fabric and then opening the seam on one of the sleeves I was able to quickly come up with the decent makings of a bodice.

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Because my machine doesn't love to sew sweatery stuff, I added one extra step here. Before finishing off the sides I laid down some double stick tape ¼” away from the edge and then gently turned the area to be sewn over it to make a nice clean line. That little bit of adhesion was enough to stabilized the edges and prevent unfortunate bunching once I got it on the sewing machine.

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To create the straps I cut the twill tape in half, giving me two 11” pieces, put them in position at the top corners of the bodice and sewed them into place.

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The very last step was attaching the bottom of the bodice to the front top edge of the skirt, by sewing between the two pieces of elastic.

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Loose, comfortable, and a little hippy-dippy . Pretty much my standard summer fare.TOOLS NEEDED:*scissors*seam ripper*double-stick tape
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