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Sweater Dress to Sweater Refashion

A Strapless Dress DIY & A Breakup
Dress to Top and Fun Life Things!

Check out my newest thrifted $1 sweater dress!

Sweater Dress to Sweater Refashion before
So warm!

I love that dark blue and those bracelet-length sleeves!  I was also intrigued when I discovered I’m a size 12!

label of sweater dress
Don’t you wish all garments listed measurements instead of just arbitrary sizes?

With temps dropping below freezing, I just couldn’t bring myself to keep this as a dress.  Plus, I have plenty of blue dresses already! 

Do you know what I don’t have nearly enough of?  

Cozy warm sweaters!

That’s right! Time for a sweater dress to sweater refashion!

First, A big chop had to happen!

bottom cut off dress
Douglas supervised!

Edit from the future: I ended up turning the bottom of that sweater dress into a cute sweater skirt!

I got to hemming the bottom of my new sweater.  

I used a zigzag stitch and stitched riiiiight on the edge of my new hem to keep it from fraying.

sewing bottom hem of sweater

Yay!  My sweater was done…but it wasn’t terribly exciting.  :/  

So, I reached for my spool ‘o ribbon and cut off two different lengths.

spool of black ribbon
Here we go!

Next, I stitched each raw edge of each piece of ribbon down.

hemming bottom of ribbon
Mini-whirrrrrr! 😉

I pinned the ribbon bits onto my sweater…

pinned ribbon on sweater
First pin…

…then I stitched them both down!

sewing ribbon on sweater
…then stitch!
Pinning second ribbon to sweater
Then repeat! 🙂

I pressed my ribbon accents down, and my new sweater was ready to head off to hang out with my friend, Michael Krajewski!

Sweater Dress to Sweater Refashion after
Pretty neat, eh?
Sweater Dress to Sweater Refashion after
Well…wouldja look at that?

I really like this one!  I think my new sweater is sort of a more modern take on a 1960’s style!

Jillian posing next to art
My new friend agrees!

After hanging out for a bit at Michael’s studio, we hopped on over to Motor Supply Company Bistro for some tasty cocktails!

fancy cocktails
So relish!

The weather outside was frightful, but we stayed happy and cozy with our warming libations!

MIchael Krajewski and Jillian at restaurant


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29 thoughts on “Sweater Dress to Sweater Refashion”

  1. I love your simple makeover! A makeover doesn’t have to be huge and complicated to be a total success….sometimes good bones are already there, and YOU just know how to recognize and use them beautifully!

  2. I agree with you about posting the measurements. Because of the all the vanity sizing that goes on in US fashion, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what size you really are. I don’t even follow the recommended charts because sometimes that sizing was waaay off. I can’t tell you how many times I followed the sizing chart and ended up sending the garment back because it was waaaaaaay too big! When I shopped RTW, the salespeople thought I was nuts because I was always measuring the garment with measuring tape before I tried it on.

    P.S. – I like the dress-to-sweater conversion. The ribbon gives an interesting focal point.

    P.S.S. – DOUGLAS!!! AWWWWWWW!! I think I’m going to start a Douglas Fan Club.

    • My guess is that the dress had shrunk in the wash and so your new sweater is probably a size 6. I’m definitely going to keep a sweater refash in mind the next time I see a sweater dress. Cute!

      • I can’t believe this got such a low star rating!

        I love it, and the ribbon detail is perfect! It really looks like something you could find in a high-end shop. 🙂

  3. Yep – St Michael was Marks and Spencer when it was proper quality (gone downhill over the last couple of decades)…but they do make lovely moussaka!

  4. I have had the same lung gunk here in Cleveland going on two weeks now! Being home for that amount of time and bring sick is boring! I was wondering what you were up to! Misery loves company! And I sure love that sweater simple but chic!


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