The Peppermint Dress is my newest pattern for Petite Stitchery & Co! I love how fun and playful it is! My girls are having a lot of fun with this new new dress. I like how the style of the dress can change so much based on the fabric that you choose. Today I want to show you the how to up-cycle and old ugly Christmas sweater into a fantastic new Peppermint dress as part of Petite Stitchery & Co’s Stylish Ugly Sweater Blog Tour! Such a fun idea right!!!
I took this men’s XL sweater that I found at a local second hand store and carefully cut up the side seam and removed each sleeve. One tip that I would give for up-cycling is to be very precise in how you cut your original garment. You can lose a lot of fabric by cutting in the wrong spots. A side seam is a great place to start. Once you have your pattern pieces laid out on the original garment you can see how to manipulate it further to get the most fabric out of it. You still must pay heed to your stretch and grain-lines however or you will get a very wonky finished garment. I also like to save the work when possible so I used the old sleeve for my new sleeve and did not have to cut or make cuffs which saved me a good 10 minutes of work!