1930s Sweater Dress

Hello, everyone! Well, this is my first time posting on the new and improved site, and I am loving it!
I made this dress for the Burns Supper that I hosted a few weeks ago.

The plaid parts started out as a huge vest from Goodwill, and the equally large red sweater dress was an etsy find:

I started by removing the sleeves in order to move the shoulders up and take in the sides. The sleeves were originally gathered at the shoulder, but I wanted the shoulders to lie flat for a smoother line down to the bell, so I put in a series of radiating darts. The sleeves were three-quarter length, so I cut off about six inches so I could add the lower parts. I reattached the sleeve band to the bottom, which I had gathered. I was very proud of the way these turned out; I had to do a lot of measuring (which is not my forte) and drafting, and they ended up exactly as I had planned, which is rare for me!
Luckily, it came with a tie belt, so I just cut it down and put a vintage buckle on it. I used the extra red material from the sleeves to back the collar and the insert for my hat, which I sewed from an old navy sweater. The plaid collar comes from behind the shoulder and is stitched in place with a vintage button.

This dress took me about three days to make, most of which was spent planning, measuring, and drafting the sleeves, and then procrastinating because I was afraid that my measurements were wrong!
You can see more pictures and details of the dress, along with some 1930s images that I used for inspiration, on my blog!

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19 comments… add one

  • WOW I LOVE it! Amazing job, Bravo.

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  • Wow! What an amazing refashion. I love the tartan contrast, just fabulous.
    Btw I think there’s vegan haggis, if you dare..

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  • WOW!! you did a great job! at first sight I tought you did the dress and now I know it is a refashion, wow!

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  • You do the most amazing refashions I’ve ever seen.

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  • I love this – well done! So glad to see you posting again :D

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  • This is so amazing!!!

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  • Gosh that is truly stunning!

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  • You did such a great job changing the dress from boring to a dress with pizzaz! Love the way you used the vest and made it look superb on the dress. What a wonderful marriage of a plain dress and plaid vest transforming so effortlessly (at least that’s how I envision the process!) into such an elegant garment.

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  • Wow, this is incredible! You’ve done a great job, this looks truly vintage. Smashing!

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  • I’m dying! This is amazing and you look stunning in it.

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  • This is just delicious. I think you absolutely nailed it with this refashion.

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  • wonderful! this is so classic & well done! i would have sworn it was vintage :)

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  • Ah, this is so fabulous I feel my head might explode! Well done, you clever girl!

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  • Wow! I love this, it is amazing! :) x

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  • Brilliant! Fabulous refashion!

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  • This is just AMAZING! Off to look at your blog now! xoxo

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  • So stunning! It looks completely authentic! And a matching hat to boot!

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  • I absolutely love everything about this – the mix of fabric, the lower sleeve contrast (authentic 30′s look!), the asymmetrical collar treatment and the matching hat. Fabulous – and congratulations! You should be very proud of the results – and the planning, albeit time consuming, is definitely worth the investment.

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  • That’s brilliant!

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