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4.25.2010

The Jersey Top

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.

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Still a little chilly outside?
Add some sleeves!



I used sweatshirt fabric for this dress with knit for the sleeves. Cut and sew the dress as directed until you get to the sleeve casings.

To make the sleeves, find a shirt that fits the way you like on your little one. Find the length that will be needed to fit inside the sleeve to the wrist. Place a pin on the shirt at the height you want your sleeves. To make a sleeve pattern from your existing shirt, lay the shirt down flat, with the underarm seam out to one side. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Place the paper under the sleeve with the fold exactly where the fold of the sleeve is. Trace the outline of the sleeve with a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the top and side. You will also need a 1/2 at the bottom if you want to hem the sleeve. (I didn't hem the sleeves-- knit doesn't fray!) Cut your paper pattern out on the line and unfold. There you go!

The sleeves will need to be made out of stretch fabric for this to work.

Sew the sleeve together down the underarm seam. Place the wrong side of the sleeve on the inside of the dress sleeve, about 3/4 of an inch above the bottom edge of the dress sleeve. The sleeve is going to be much smaller than the dress sleeve. Pin the sleeve seam to the dress sleeve seam and the middle of the top of the sleeve to the middle of the top of the dress.

As you stitch the casing edge, also stitch the additional sleeve into the casing by stretching the sleeve as you sew to match the seams and midpoints.

And now you have a winter dress to add to the wardrobe.


18 comments:

seegfam said...

awesome you talented woman!

Angela C. said...

Very cute! I'm just learning to sew with knits so this is something I could do.

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Lacey said...

Love that one, love the colors too!

JamieS said...

Very cute, I'll definitely be adding some sleeves!

felicia said...

That is adorable! Where did you find the cute sweatshirt fabric?

Thearica said...

Your model is adorable! Great dress for children!

EHC said...

I think you've definitely gotten your money's worth out of this pattern!

carmel said...

exactly for my girl
love ut
thanks

heather said...

So clever! And it looks comfy and cute all at the same time!

theteo5 said...

Great idea! That's pretty much the only way my daughter can wear short sleeves in the Seattle area from September-June!

ange_moore said...

This one would be great for winter (which it feels like here today)!

Mama Lusco said...

Great idea! Love this tunic :) luscofamily@ortelco.net

Jessica said...

Great idea! I can't believe hoo many great ideas you've come up with!

Natalie said...

I absolutely love this!!

Jess said...

wow, perfect for spring!

cmboyd_1999 said...

nice way to warm it up! I wouldn't have even thought of it

Ana said...

Wow, what a great idea!!
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Montrose Lewises said...

cute warmy casual dress!