old navy dress (c/o) refashioned by me (original here, similar raglan style here and here)
daniel wellington watch, c/o (use code ‘merricksart’ for 15% through the end of August!)

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.

Find the full tutorial after the break! 

basic bodycon style dress (like this one)
1/4 yard jersey knit fabric
matching thread
seam ripper

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!
Now go check out Janssen and Landen’s Summer of No Pants projects! 


  1. Natali says:

    Who ever said that sporty outfit can’t be chic!? You look amazing in this one and I like the way you’ve styled it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Christina Storm says:

    I love that dress! Looks great on you! Love how you dressed it down with the the converse too!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. I love baseball tees and what’s better than those?! A baseball tee dress ๐Ÿ˜‰ love it!


  4. Mads | Its a Mads Mads World says:

    Love this dress, it is so unique !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  5. Mindy says:

    *banging my head on the wall*..seriously, i ordered this dress a month and a half ago but because of the ruching on the side took it back. fit great except the ruching wasn’t flattering. didn’t realize that the ruching could come out.

  6. Meghan Hayes says:

    What an awesome redo! I want the dress you fashioned! The gray sleeves are perfect. I agree, you can’t have too many summer weight dresses. Looking put together without a million layers is why I love dresses in the summer. Cant wait to see what your sisters did with it!

  7. Sarah Polk says:

    I love that dress! I wouldn’t be surprised if Old Navy steals that idea and sells it!

  8. Kaitlin says:

    Merrick, you make it look so easy. One of these days I will attempt one of your amazing dress tutorials because you do make it so easy! I’m just challenged. And yes, I love the dress.

  9. This is so cool! I love that dress, and really wish I had sewing skills to make one myself!

  10. Roxanne Oudie says:

    Love what you did with the dress, also how you put on your converse with it. I just recently purchased the white converse. I love them!

  11. Haley Valerie says:

    I love how you refashioned the dress!


  12. sandyalamode says:

    wow, love how you refashioned this dress! you are soo talented!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  13. Haha in the UK ‘pants’ are underwear…so my eyes widened a little bit at the title for a second! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love how you added the raglan sleeves, I seriously need to learn how to sew.

  14. Agi says:

    Love this dress. Too cute!!!!!


  15. Brynn says:

    I’m a huge fan of dresses with sneakers – you nailed it again this time, Merrick! ๐Ÿ™‚

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