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Berwick stitch. Old Sweater into Short Sleeve Dress (peasant style) During the summer, the sun was coming up around 5:30 am…….now it waits until 7 am or so.

Old Sweater into Short Sleeve Dress (peasant style)

And I used to have some great evening sunlight to work with until about 8-ish……..now I have to hurry and use up the last drizzle of light before 6-ish. And that means, yep, seasons are changing, days are shortening, and the weather is cooling down. And our wardrobes are warming up. I was looking through my pile of sweaters the other day and realized an old sweater I had, was just too short on my long torso. So it was time to chop her up. And re-gift her to my littlest one. ( Inspiration for the dress found here.)

An old sweater into a new dress? (there’s something about using what you have to create something useful…..ahhh!) No hemming involved……I just used the original sweater bottom (for the dress) and cuffs (for the sleeves). And because sweaters are stretchy……they make such comfy clothing for babies/kids. And in case you’re wondering where I got the tights……they’re from Old Navy (this season). Braided chain stitch. Also known as: Hungarian braided chain stitch The braided chain stitch is worked almost the same way as the heavy chain stitch.

braided chain stitch

There is only a slight difference in the way the needle is taken under the existing loops, thus giving it a totally different and embossed look. It follows a reverse pattern like the reverse chain stitch and so we work it from top to bottom. Tags: embroidery tutorial, hand embroidery, heavy braid chain stitch, heavy chain stitch, lazy daisy, reverse chain stitch 18 Comments » Mekko.

And now for the Junebug dress tutorial/sew along.

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(without much fanfare apparently) You’ll need: 1-2 yards of fabric, depending on child’s size. I barely scraped by with one yard for my 2T size 6 buttons-for the pattern I provide no larger than 5/8″ thread, sewing and pattern making stuff (ie sewing machine and paper) You can download the free 2T/3T pattern here. Ok, if you’re not using the pattern, let’s get going and make your own! This will be the back piece of your bodice-so trace the back neckline.

Next, cut out your back piece, and trace it again. Then cut out that pattern, trace the back piece again, and draw your bodice flap pattern. Then I drew a sleeve shape like this one for my gathered sleeve. There. Tomorrow: bodice and buttonholes!