A month or so ago a couple things I had been wanting to do collided, and my almost 4 year old ended up with a super comfy sweater dress that she loves!
I have been looking for a sweater dress for her and her younger sister for a while. The problem was that they didn't need another dress, so I couldn't justify spending much for one.
The second thing that happened was that I saw this tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for a Summer Pillowcase Nightgown. I have several pillowcases with decorative edges from my mother-in-law who is deceased. I have been trying to figure out how to make a quilt out of them, but now I think I will make a special nightgown for my girls. I bought a couple pillowcases at the thrift shop to test, but I haven't yet.
The ideas collided, and I decided to use the pattern to make a sweater dress from a soft sweater I picked up at a thrift store. The sweater was a large women's sweater, but it wasn't too long. I actually was able to cut the bodice and the sleeves from the sleeves of the sweater. The length of the dress is the length of the sweater from the armpits.
I was hoping that it would end up fitting the 2 year old, but the 3-4 bodice was perfect for my almost 4 year old. So it's a hair shorter than I wanted. Also, the length was shorter than the pattern said because it was what I had to work with.
I also didn't add the bias tape around the middle. I put the seam on the inside. It isn't a big deal. You have probably noticed that the bodice gapes a little. I'm sure that has to do with the material that I was working with. I have put a few stitches under the right arm that has fixed that.
I loved the pattern, and I look forward to trying it out with a pillowcase!