For this round of Raiding My Sister’s Closet, we joined up with Marigold and some other fantastic seamstresses for the Summer of No Pants — a fun blog project with tons of skirt and dress tutorials. Dresses have been my go-to the last few summers, and I’ve added a ton to my closet (store bought, refashioned, and handmade) this year and last. They’re so versatile, easy to throw on and go, and are easily dressed up or dressed down. I don’t think I’ll ever own enough dresses (although my tiny closet says otherwise).
Old Navy sent each of us the same basic black dress and then we each refashioned it in some way. I’ve been wanting to do a baseball sleeve refashion for a long time, so this was the perfect opportunity. I used a little bit of gray jersey knit leftover from another dress project, and it came together so easily.
note: my dress had ruching on the sides which worked for my pregnant sisters, but was a little unflattering on me so I cut out the elastic and restitched up the sides. That step is not included in the tutorial below. Just so you know.
1 // cut the sleeves out of your dress. Then cut the shoulder out, angling up from the underarm to the neckline (in the shape of a baseball sleeve). Leave the neckline intact, cutting about 1/4″ around it.
2 // use an existing baseball sleeve shirt or the pieces you just cut from the dress as a pattern piece. Cut two new sleeves.
3 // With right sides together, sew the sleeves together.
4 // Insert the sleeve into the arm hole of the dress (with right sides together), matching up the underarm seams. Pin in place, stretching as needed. DON’T pin the sleeve to the neckline. Sew around the armhole with a straight stitch, attaching the sleeve to the dress (except at the neckline).
5 // Pin the top of the sleeve to the neckline piece (with right sides together), and then attach with a straight stitch. (note: this part can get a little tricky, especially trying to get nice sharp corners. Go slowly, and keep your seam allowances trimmed down to make it easier and to avoid fabric bunching).
6 // Trim all your seam allowances and zigzag or serge your raw edges. Press all your seams and you’re done!