Recently, in a perhaps vain attempt to cull my husband’s side of the closet, I came across this old sweater that I’m sure he’s never worn. As a sweater, it’s maybe a little dated and shapeless, but I love the texture of it and it’s really soft and cozy. I set it aside with my fabric with the intention of making it into a sweater dress.
Drop Waist Sweater Dress
The trick is, I needed something that would balance the thick chunkiness of this particular sweater. I found that at one of my usual haunts in the form of a sleeveless turtleneck sweater.
The smoothness of this sweater seemed like it would be a perfect match for my husband’s sweater. I had a polyester light brown sweater knit that would not only work well for the sleeves, but also push this into the clothes that looks like ice cream category.
I cut off the sweater straight across from the bottom of the armscye. I measured the bottom of the pink sweater than the ivory sweater across the cut edge. The ivory sweater was too large. If it had been a thinner knit, I could have gathered the top of the sweater to fit inside of the other sweater to make the waist seam, but this knit was far too thick. Instead, I brought in the side seams at the waist on the ivory sweater to match the pink sweater, blending the new seam down into the sweater’s original side seam just above the ribbing.
Because Colorado in winter is land of the uncontrollable static, I grabbed an old slip to line the skirt. I cut the bottom of the slip the length of the sweater minus the ribbing. Then I serged the pink sweater, ivory sweater and slip all as one.
To make the sleeves, I measured the pink sweater’s armscye 1/4″ in from the finished edge then compared that to my TNT T-shirt pattern. The sweater was about 2″ bigger, making the armscye much larger in the underarm and sit lower than my usual preference would be. For a knit dress that’s flexible, I could live with this. If this were a woven dress, I’d have a hard time raising my arms. I widened the sleeve at the bottom of the armscye to fit while I was cutting it out of this polyester sweater knit, blending the extra back into the original sleeve size with my French curve. I sewed up the sleeve seam and set the sleeves in with a 1/4″ seam (my SA preference for all knits).
This dress is absurdly comfortable and probably took me 30 minutes to put together from start to finish. I’m never going to strictly refashion garments in my sewing, but when unusual fabric comes my way and I’m in the mood for a quick quick project, I won’t say no.