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DIY SHRUNKEN DRESS TO NORMAL SIZE WITH THE HELP OF AN OLD SWEATER

It is DIY time again! Once in a while I just have the need to be creative and use my hands. After roaming around on Pinterest for ages, I found an awesome DIY but for a summer item unfortunately. I was specifically looking for a winter DIY since there aren’t a lot to be found.  After giving up on Pinterest I took a look in my closet and searched for items I still liked but don’t wear anymore. I found a hot pink t-shirt dress I used to wear a lot until it shrunk. I also found an old sweater I still really liked but unfortunately the arms were too short. Et voila! A DIY was found. With the help of the sweater I visualized that I could make the dress longer again. Don’t have an image in mind how these two items formed one item? Take a look below and follow the steps to do a similar DIY yourself!

Let’s start with the necessities. CAUTION! You do need a sewing machine for this DIY. Well actually for a lot of DIY’s I found out. I tried to do it by hand, but it just took too much time. Luckily the very sweet mother of my boyfriend (thank you Tamara) borrowed me her sewing machine and so I could begin! Funny thing is, although my mother owned a sewing machine, I have never actually used one in my life. Can you believe that? So about time I begun to learn how to do so! And so I did. I’ve got to be honest, it was a bit of a hassle in the beginning, but as they say; practice makes perfect. Thereby I think it is safe to say that everyone could do this DIY. Yes even you!

Necessities:

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • An old dress
  • An old sweater

Step 1

I added length to the dress by adding fabric to the bottom part. I used fabric from the biggest part of the sweater for this. Since the dress is quite wide, I couldn’t just take the bottom part of the sweater and attach it to the bottom part of the dress. Instead I had to measure the dress and create multiple pieces of fabric to sew together. I started by measuring the bottom part of the dress and I did this by dividing it in four parts. This way it is less likely that you will make mistakes. I measured the front-side, the back-side and the two sides. Also, I figured that I would probably need about 20 cm fabric in length.

As you can see in the picture, I measured 26 cm for the side parts of the dress. However, I rounded it up to 30 cm just to be sure.

Step 2

After measuring the four pieces I measured the sweater looking for pieces to cut. For the front and backside of the dress, I took the widest part of the sweater. For the flanks of the dress, I cut both the upper arm part of the sweater as you can see in the pictures below. It might not make sense now, but it is different for every DIY. You just have to search for the most efficient pattern.

After you’ve found your pieces you cut them. You might also need to use your seam ripper, for when you want to use the arm pieces. After I measured, cut and finished off all the pieces with the sewing machine, this is what I ended up with.

Step 3

The final step is to attach all of the pieces to the dress. I did this by attaching the pieces one by one. Use pins if you find it easier to hold everything into place before you start to sew. This will also give you a clear vision of how it will look.

After you have attached all the pieces to the dress and to each other, you are done! If you want to upgrade your creation, you can always add something. I’ve added arm-pieces for example that I had left over from the sweater. I am the master of upcycling! 😉

And look what is left of the old sweater! Now I have a fly new work-out top!

 

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