You guys should see the stack of sweaters I've thrifted this winter to refashion! Eek! And when I went in yesterday and they were having a $1/sack full sale I couldn't help but pick up more!
I am so bad about taking before pictures, so you'll just have to imagine that I haven't cut off the sides or the ends of the sleeves yet, mmmkay?
I pretty much just followed this FAB tutorial from Flexible Dreams - using one of Brylie's dresses to help me determine size, shape, sleeves, etc. Mine even had a band of black at the end of the sleeves that I was able to use on the short sleeves for the dress! It's the little things that make me happy ;)
So after I did the basic reconstruction (side seams and sewed on the sleeves - so glad I have some basic sewing knowledge! ) I had to decide what I wanted to do about these buttons. Back in their day I'm sure they were great, but now, and for a 4 year old, yeah, not so much. Not to mention that one was missing. I just went with a basic button down the center. Instead of putting buttons on the bottom pockets, I just sewed on a grosgrain bow - she's not going to need them anyway :)
And there ya have it! And adorable (and light this one is) dress! I used a women's large sweater and turned out about a 5T. I fully expect that by fall it will be too short, but I think it will be great with a pair of black leggings under it too :)
Can't beat a new (custom) dress for 10 cents for the sweater, 88 cents for the buttons, and everything else I already had! I will probably take the big chunks I cut off and make her some fun hair accessories to match! Oh, and did I mention it only took me about 20 mins? Okay, a little more than that, but only because I had to make 2 trips to Walmart to get buttons (they must have slipped through the slots in my cart the first time? Seriously, took me longer to make those 2 trips than it did to put this thing together!). LOVE IT!