We are going to Disney World next month. (Yay!!!) Since it will be March, Florida will be pretty warm, but we will still be getting snow in Pennsylvania. This is a bit of a dilemma…should I buy new summer clothes for Abby to wear just for a few days that she will outgrow by the time PA’s weather gets warm?
Hmm..nope. I think I’ll make some instead. This is the easiest toddler sundress ever.
Just measure your daughter across the chest and cut a piece of an old sweater that width by whatever length you want.
Then cut off the rest of the band at the bottom. We are going to make the straps out of that.
Now you should have 2 pieces that look like this.
Ok. cut the band in half so that you have 2 pieces for the straps.
Turn the sweater around so that the bottom band is now at the top. Sew up the side seem from where you cut the sweater, hem the bottom, and attach the straps. (I also did a zigzag stitch on the side of each strap where I cut the band off of the sweater in order to keep it from unraveling.)
We will probably wear a t-shirt under it when we are in public.
Pulling the fabric through the machine is what creates that little ruffle on the bottom. The harder you pull while you are sewing, the more it will ruffle.
Let me know if you make one!
This isn’t the first time I’ve upcycled an old sweater. Check out my Anthro Sweater Skirt Knock Off here and if you’re new to sewing, click to watch the three videos I made to help you learn about your sewing machine.