Monday, May 02, 2016

Sweater Dress De-shlumpified

This sweater dress was a nice L.L. Bean, made of 20% wool.  The color is also nice but the dress leaves a lot to be desired in the cut.  You can see how long it was.  The hem had been turned up twice and this picture shows it let out. The next picture shows the polo collar.
After taking in the sleeves and sides, I cut it off above the knee and used the cut-off section to create 4 triangles that I inserted over the legs to make the skirt wider.  My advice if you plan to do this, is to sew your triangles on so they hang a little below the bottom edge of the dress.  That way you have enough length in the middle of the triangle to be able to curve the hem which you need to do on a fuller skirt.  I then cut off the polo collar and used more of the extra fabric to make a sort of substitute- a piece of fabric that wraps like a shawl around the neckline.
I would wear this dress with a wide leather belt and knee-high boots, but I don't have them with me.  Thanks for looking.


Refashion said...

This is great. I like the insertion of the triangles - I never would have thought of that

Debbie EOD

jennifer elliott said...

Looks so much! Love the touch of the triangles in the skirt to make it more flouncy.

RePurposeFul said...

Fabulous, also love the triangle idea... but the new neckline is awesome! Really cute dress now :)

RePurposeFul said...

I forgot to tell you -- I love the Title :)

Marisa Glied said...

The neckline looks so much better now! Great job!