how to turn a sweater into a sweater dress

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  1. 1. How to make a sweater dress out of an old wool sweater.
  2. 2. start with a wool sweater
    • start with a wool sweater
    • felt by washing in machine and drying in dryer
    • cut out label
  3. 3. pin pattern onto sweater
    • pin pattern through both layers of sweater
    • allow seam allowance where needed
    • avoid making underarm seam part of top if possible
  4. 4. cut sleeves off
  5. 5. cut top from bottom
  6. 6. cut seams out of bottom
    • turn inside out
    • cut side seams out of bottom portion
  7. 7. pin and measure
    • pin raw edges over
    • measure shoulder straps
  8. 8. sew and iron
    • sew edges down
    • iron when done
  9. 9. pinch and pin
    • measure or eyeball where you want to place a pleat (I use the inside collar as a reference)
    • pinch and pin that mark
  10. 10. pinch and pin x 3
    • pin 3 folds on each side
  11. 11. pin the pleat
    • hold the 3 folds together (picture 1)
    • turn over and separate the folds (picture 2)
    • pin for sewing (picture 3)
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  12. 12. sew top to bottom
    • lay top over outside pleats
  13. 13. sew top to bottom
    • turn over so pleats appear as above
    • sew together
  14. 14. should look like this
    • after you are done sewing and you take the pins out it should look like this
  15. 15. now sew on back bottom
    • just pin on and sew
    • should look like this when done
  16. 16. lay flat and cut excess
    • lay flat and line up underarm seams
    • cut excess fabric from side seams
  17. 17. sew closed
    • turn inside out, pin sides and sew them closed
  18. 18.
    • sew in new label
    • voila - new sweater dress!