Floral Sweatshirt Dress : Ruffled PJ Pattern Morph

Floral Sweatshirt Dress : Ruffled PJ Pattern Morph

This floral sweatshirt dress was intended to be a pattern hack on the Ruffled PJs pattern from OUSM. But it turned into something totally different. I’m coining the term “pattern morph” for when your hack ends up so far from the pattern that it’s hardly recognizable.

Girls Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I used sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee. It’s not too stretchy; and sews almost like a woven. I subtracted 2″ from the center back and re-shaped the neckline for ribbing, eliminating the buttons. I added 9″ length to the bodice; and used ribbing for the sleeves and hem. That’s it!

Floral Sweatshirt Dress: A Ruffled PJ Pattern Hack

For the Holiday Jammas pattern tour next week, I’ll show you the Ruffled PJs closer to their true form. But for now you can see how versatile this pattern is. If you aren’t into drafting (I’m not) and you want a good bodice, sleeve, and pants block, these are a great jumping off point. The nice clean lines are easy to lengthen, shorten, flare out, or taper. All you need is a ruler!

Sequined Trim Shoulder Detail| SewsNBows

My favorite thing about this dress is the shoulder detail. It’s a sequin trim I got at Hobby Lobby. This stuff is going to be great for stabilizing shoulders on sweaters and super stretchy tees.

Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I used a new stitch function for topstitching. It goes over each straight stitch three times, which makes topstitching really stand out. I wanted a kind of industrial look so I used khaki thread to contrast against the black. I’m not sure if I pulled it off or not!

Girl's Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I’m dying for a cover stitch machine though; wouldn’t that be so cute around the neckline?!

Girls Floral Sweatshirt Dress

A coverstitch and my Babylock serger will have to wait a while. Santa isn’t rich, you know!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Annie

    I love it! This is so cute! The shoulder details and and stitches are perfect with your fabric choice and the style of the top. I would want one for myself!
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  2. Jenya

    How did I miss this? It’s freakin awesome!

  3. Claire

    Aww this is so sweet :)

    Thanks for linking up …

  4. Rachel

    I love this! I agree it turned something totally new, and fantastic :)
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  5. Patricia Brissos

    Amy this is sooo cute! I love the shoulders also, it’s an amazing tip ;-)
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  6. Angela

    Beautiful! I love everything about this, but especially the fabric. Can’t tell you how many times I talked myself out of looking at the girl Charlee site today. You are not helping me save money Amy. ;-D
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  7. Mel

    Beautiful, and your model does that kid ever take a bad shot, she is adorable! I really like the fabric, i think I would wear that.
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  8. Amy of while wearing heels

    Oh my goodness, that is adorable. That sequin trim on the shoulders is such a beautiful finishing touch.
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  9. Gina

    Darling tunic Amy!! The fabric is really pretty and I love the contrasting ribbing and top stitching!!! I bet it is super cozy and comfortable. I love the look with leggings and boots too!

  10. Pam @Threading My Way

    Way to go, Amy!!! You’ve done an awesome job changing the pattern to make an adorable dress. Looks fabulous teamed with the leggings and boots. Yes, you pulled off the stitching along the neckline and a very clever idea stabilising the shoulder seams with decorative trim. I’ll be on the lookout for suitable trims to use now.
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