Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…..

It was a challenge amongst friends: a few other upcyclers (Shari, Sofia, Glenda, Olivia, Melissa and Lisa) and I drew names a while back for an ugly knit swap! The only rules were that the upcycler whose name you drew had to send you some knits that they had deemed unattractive and then we had to use at least 50% of them to make something beautiful for their child! I think I’m the first to finish but here is what I was sent:

I made a simple drop waist dress but added a puffed flutter sleeve. The sleeve is a combination of inspiration from CC and a gathered Old Navy flutter sleeve.

To make a simple “puff” sleeve I used a gathering foot on my serger to first gather up the green knit on the side that meets the neck….and then I cut my sleeve out as normal.

To top the whole outfit off I took some strips of the same fabric used in the dress and tied them onto a simple Goody’s headband (inspired by my friend Lisa’s awesome creations she makes from LBB scraps):

A cute, perfectly coordinated hair accessory!

This was so much fun…especially anticipating the arrival of the ugly knit package. I have to admit I actually LOVED the knits I received so it wasn’t too much of a challenge for me…..but still fun. I’ll share what was made with my ugly knits that I sent when I receive my package back! Stay tuned…..I have a new Lil Blue Boo design challenge coming up that is very similar!



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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    Very cute! I think it's adorable and I'm sure she will love it!

  2. 2
    inday_adin says:

    U did a great job on that! I love the dress, it's perfect for beach time! And that hair band of course. So cute!

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    Kestlyn says:

    Great job with the knits you recieved. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the next design challenge!

  4. 4
    BJ_Mama says:

    What a cool idea!

  5. 5
    CourtneyKeb says:

    I am loving that dress! Seriously, fab job!

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    BeBe Gear says:

    WHAT A FUN IDEA!!! I can't wait to see more of the creations!!!! Design challenge?!?! Yay!

  7. 7

    Where's Sally's matching dress? LOL

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    Soren Lorensen Design says:

    Love it! You got GREAT knits from Glenda!!!!

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    Melanie says:

    YES! I love a challenge.

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    Sarah Boyd says:

    Sounds like a fun challenge! Great job!

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    sofia's sketchbook says:


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    Mod Podge Amy says:

    So cool!! Oh, and love the dog in the dress from the last entry. :D

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    Alli Cat Creations says:

    We just really don't like fish. We'll she tells me yesterday that she is going with Lucas fishing at the lake. WHAT?????????

    Then she proceeds to tell me that she is going to have Dad get her a fishing pole. WHAT???????????

    Well, that is between you and Dad I can't stand fish…..YUCK!!!!! So we will see what happens this dress will probably become the fishing dress. NOT if I have my way though…..