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Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion

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This is an epic day, my friends!  I’ve done it!  I have created the perfect refashion!  What follows is by far my personal favorite refashion to date!  🙂

It started off pretty ominously with this wool/acrylic blend turtleneck dress that wasn’t doing me any favors.  :/

Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion
Pretty terrible, eh?

I wasn’t even sure what I could do to save this one…so, I started cutting!

cutting top off dress
When in doubt, just start chopping things!

I closed up that raw edge at the top of the dress…

sewing top of dress

…then I threw this barren husk of a dress on my dress form inside-out and started taking it in!

taking in dress on dress form
It’s not very exciting yet, is it?

I ran each side through my machine, and was left with an okay-looking tube dress.

But that just wasn’t good enough!

I cut off the sleeves from the original dress…

cutting sleeves off dress
Chop! And Chop!

And pinned them to the top of my new dress.

sleeves pinned to front of dress
Le Front!
sleeves pinned to back of dress
Le Back!

This is about the time I started getting really excited!!!

I stitched my new sleeves down…

sewing sleeves down
Two rows of stitchery!

…and now I have a perfect little black dress!  🙂

Here’s how I wore it at work:

refashionista Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion after
Office Chic!

…and here’s how I wore it at play!  🙂

If you look in the mirror behind me, you can see the back!
If you look in the mirror behind me, you can see the back!

So, why am I so ecstatic about this really basic dress?

  • It’s super-comfy!
  • It’s extremely versatile!  I can dress it up or down and wear it to just about anything!
  • It’s black!
  • It’s a really simple & straightforward refash…even for you newbies out there!
  • This type of refashion would be flattering on all sorts of body types!

I kept rocking my frock into the wee hours of the morning!

Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion selfie with hat
I even stole a hat!
bottle of magners cider
My favorite beverage of the moment!

This was a special evening, in which I attended a midnight showing of the most brilliant movie ever in the entire universe, known as The Room!

jillian in front of The Room film poster
Oh hai Tommy!
Brad, Jillian, and Dan in movie theater
Oh hai movie theater!

So now I have created the perfect little black dress, and I’ve shown you how to do the same.  I think I can quit this blog now and die happy!  🙂



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70 thoughts on “Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion”

  1. You have a wonderful ability to do things, but why there is so many pictures about food and drinks in your blog? Usually the pictures are brown or yellow and not so good quality.

  2. I am new to your blog but have rapidly become a fan! So much so that I did this re-fashion. Took me about an hour and it looks fabulous. Thank you!

  3. OH NO! The Room! Just awful. My friend and I both had pretty uncomfortable dreams with that man in them.

  4. You crack me up. Love your refashions! I do this same thing and never thought to blog about it. I am going to post mine on my blog as I do them from now on. You can sign up for my email on my blog if you’d like to see what I do. 🙂 One of the things I often do is turn skirts into tops. So easy and fun!

  5. I love your blog, its so much fun to read! I spent a lot of time going back to the beginning of the blog and really enjoyed the progression and changes you’ve made. You are incredibly talented, funny, and passionate, which I believe has been you’re key to success. Congrats on your hard work!
    I am an avid sewer of about 10+ years and love the serenity it provides me. I have three girls and have sewn/altered many items but have really never considered “refashioning” clothes… (weird, I know) until now. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
    Ana V.

  6. I love this refashion! You did such a great job and now it’s so sweet and versatile! Thanks for sharing! You have some great ideas!

  7. Recently started following you on Pinterest and I love your ideas. I’ve even reformed and started shopping at Good Will myself. Have found some great dollar finds and would love to send you pics if that’s ok. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more posts!

  8. Hi Girl! Love what you did! But I would like to see one photo of the back… It doesn’t shows it well… I might do that to a dress I got! Congratulations! kisses from Portugal!
    P.S.: I’m stanting my own Blog about refashion and sewing! Inspired on your Blog, on Marissa (New dress a day) and Charity Shop Chic! 😀

  9. This is really inspired thinking! It looks wonderful.

    As a couple of commenters mentioned, the same thing could be done to a long-sleeved T-shirt (maybe even as a practice garment). I think you could add to your list “bra straps never show!” because that’s a common problem with sleeveless anything. I also think you’ve done a good job of showing how the right accessories change the same garment – something I’m just starting to understand (I’m mid-fifties and a slow learner :))

  10. I just love this refashion, you are a creative wonder. It is terribly inspiring to watch you create and have such fun with it, thank you for what you do and for sharing it with the rest of us. You are going have to think long and hard to top this one! Blessings!

  11. You are so talented and amazing! I think this is my fav too! Love black and the versatility! I went to Goodwill today and bought my refash frocks! Been studying up on sewing and I think with the practice I’ve had I am ready to snip, whirr, and wow! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. NO! You can’t quit! I discovered you yesterday, and I think I read every post you have written. You are inspiring, even though I am way heavier and way older than you! 😉

  13. I have a dream of making my own clothes but am terrified of the process. HOWEVER, I am not terrified of this remake. It’s perfect and even I know I could do that – and that my friends, is saying something.

  14. Wow! I have a long sleeved t-shirt that might benefit from the same treatment on a shorter scale. I just have to get brave enough to start chopping! Thanks so much for sharing your genius!

  15. Love this one! I have been following for a while and find you inspiring and exciting. I recently started my own blog to track my transformation to a healthier version of myself. As my body changes my clothes need to do the same. I can’t afford to and don’t want to buy new clothes at each stage. So with the tips and ideas I have gotten from you, I am beginning my adventure into refashioning! I mentioned you and linked to your site recently from

    Thank you for your unknowing contribution to my journey. This idea of refashioning clothes will be the gift that keeps on giving.

  16. This is fabulous! I alway think I won’t be amazed at your next creation because I think you can’t top what I’ve just seen . . . Bravo, you always surpass your last masterpiece!


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