Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour | Lucky Girl Sweatshirt Hack

First off I’d like to say Hi to any new readers stopping by as part of the Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour! I love love love Riley Blake’s fabric and this is just the perfect time of year to rock comfy clothes in stretchy knits. For my stop on the tour I did something that people have been begging me to do ever since my Lucky Girl Dress first came out. I made a sweatshirt! If you already have the dress pattern you can alter it to make something else for the little ladies in your life and now, the little dudes too! Perfect!

Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

For this one I used a lovely floral print from the Roots & Wings collection from Deena Rutter off set with Riley Blake’s bright Solid Lime. I’m in absolute ♥ with this fabric! It’s got an adorable pattern first of all, and as is always the case with Riley Blake the weight is perfect, the stretch, recovery, drape, all those wonderful things you look for in a knit are there.

If you don’t already have the Lucky Girl Dress pattern you can purchase that here. Once you have it, follow the simple instructions below or, if you’re like me and prefer a print out to a computer screen, you can download a PDF version of the instructions.

Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

So let’s jump right in and hack ourselves out a sweatshirt and when you’re done share your pieces on Instagram with the tag #LuckyGirlDress! Enjoy and don’t forget to scroll all the way down after the instructions to see the other awesome stops on the blog tour.


 Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

1. Trace the original front and back bodice pieces onto new paper. Alter the pattern pieces according to the illustration and chart below.

Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

2. Use the same sleeves, hood, and wrist cuffs from the original pattern along with the newly altered front and back bodice pieces. Do not cut the skirt! Instead of the skirt cut a waist cuff according to the size chart.

Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

3. Skip steps #1 and #2 from the original pattern.

4. Steps #3 to #17 are the same as the original pattern.

5. Instead of step #18, do the following:

A. Pin the short ends of the hip cuff together, right sides facing, and stitch with a 3/8″ seam. Press the seam flat and fold the cuff down, wrong sides together, just as with the wrist cuffs in step #12 from the original pattern.


Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack

B. Find the quarters of the cuff and place pins. Repeat with the bodice.


Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Hack


C. Pin the raw edges of the cuff to the bottom raw edge of the bodice where the skirt should go. Align the cuff seam with one of the bodice side seams and then match up the quarter marks on the cuff with the quarter marks on the bodice the rest of the way around.

Lucky Girl Dress Sweatshirt Pattern Hack

6. Move on to steps #19 and #20 of the original pattern but instead of a skirt a waist cuff is being used. Also, remember the waist cuff is suppose to be smaller than the bodice so stretch the cuff as its being sewn just as with the wrist cuffs in step #14 of the original pattern.

Now go and check out all the other stops on the tour!

Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour

March 2: Riley Blake Designs

March 3: Figgy’s

March 5: EYMM

March 6: Melly Sews

March 7: The Sewing Loft

March 9: Love Notions

March 10: Peekaboo Pattern Shop

March 11: Tea Rose Home

March 12: Sew Much Ado

March 13: Simple Simon & Co.

March 14: Tie Dye Diva

 March 16: The Cottage Mama

March 17: My Childhood Treasures

March 18: Smashed Peas & Carrots

March 19: Greenstyle Creations

March 20: Fishsticks Designs

March 21: Ellie Inspired

March 23: Sew Straight & Gather

March 24: My turn!

March 26: Free Time Frolics

March 27: Elegance & Elephants

March 28: Foo Foo Threads

March 30: Heidi & Finn

March 31: Lily Giggle

April 2: Violette Fields Threads

April 3: Riley Blake Designs + Giveaway

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March 24, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Anna Lutz-Brown - Thank you for sharing i really like the hoodie………

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