I’ve been in a major fashion rut this winter. My daily outfit consists of a bulky sweater paired with skinny jeans and boots. It’s warm and comfortable but getting predictably b-o-r-i-n-g. I don’t have any warm dresses in my wardrobe, so I made this upcycled sweater dress to fill that void. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to take 2 thrift store sweaters and combine them into a winter sweater dress. You can finish this project in an afternoon and wear it the same day.
I scored these 2 extra large sweaters for $4 each at the thrift store. I usually detest turtlenecks but made an exception as this turtleneck was wide enough to keep me warm without choking me. I thought it would be fun to mix these 2 sweaters into a color block dress.
Here’s a quick overview of this sweaters to dress refashion:
Step 1: Cut out the bodice from the black sweater
Step 2: Cut out the sleeves and neck of the gray sweater
Step 3: Cut out the skirt from the gray sweater
Step 4: Resize and attach the sleeves
Step 5: Sew skirt to the bodice
Step 6: Sew the sides of the dress
Step 1: Cut out the bodice from the black sweater. I used an existing sweater as my pattern to cut out the bodice. Chop off the neck as you’ll be replacing it with the gray turtleneck.
Step 2: Cut out the sleeves and neck of the turtleneck.
There’s a trick to cutting out the necklines of sweaters. Most sweater necklines are fashioned, meaning the neck is made separately and then stitched to the sweater. Pick apart the stitching to keep the turtleneck intact.
Step 3: Cut out the skirt from the gray sweater. I used an old pencil skirt as my pattern. This sweater had pockets in the front that won’t be functional on the dress (pockets around the knees are weird), so I sewed them closed.
Step 4: Resize and attach the sleeves. I cut off 1″ from the side and top.
Attach the sleeves using the flat technique.
Step 5: Sew skirt to the bodice at the waist
Step 6: Sew the sides of the dress. Stitch along the bottom of the sleeves to the bottom of the dress.
What do you think? This dress is just as warm as my sweater/jeans/boots uniform but cuter. It pays to mix things up in your wardrobe.
Here’s a close up of the top. This dress is super comfy as it stretches with your every move.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.