Today, I’m sharing how to make this simple girl’s sweater dress using my free Raglan Tunic pattern!
Central Texas finally got the first good freeze of the season. That first hard freeze must be Mother Nature signaling to the trees to start changing colors. There are quite a few Ash and Red Oaks in our back yard and they are completely gorgeous right now!
I had to get my guys outside for some fall pictures before the next windy front blows through and knocks all the leaves off the trees. I finished up this little sweater dress for my missy just in time to wear it for the photos. (The little infinity scarf came from this tutorial. and the sweater knit from Joann’s.)
I love the versatility of this Raglan Tunic pattern. It’s very easy to transform the top into a dress. The pattern itself is also a great pattern to start with if you are learning to sew with knits. It’s put together almost the same way as a peasant style top, but instead of an elastic neckline, you attach a separate knit neckband. (Pattern and tutorial found here.)
Those trees! I’ll be so sad when the leaves fall.
To transform the tunic top into a dress, I printed the pattern and cut it out along the gray boxes. Then taped the pattern together. I cut out the neck and shoulder area as normal and them used an existing dress to determine the length and create a very minimal a-line shape. (about 1 inch over from the top corner.)
If you don’t have an existing dress handy to use for length, you can use these standard armscye to knee measurements for length.
Armscye to knee measurements:
Size 4: 18.5
size 5: 20.25
Size 6: 21.75
Size 7: 23.25
Size 8: 24.25
For this version, I opted to leave of the bottom band and made the wristband/cuff 1 inch. Definitely turned out cute, and looks perfect with the red infinity scarf and black boots. I just wish I had thought to add pockets… Oh well, I’ll save that for the next one!
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