Ah, but I do love makeovers. Economical. Fast. Satisfying.
This rather shapeless and oversized jumper was made of warm. soft stretch velvet in a lovely color–BLUE! (Yep, that’s Daughter serving as my model. Young Son, as agreeable as he generally is, just didn’t want to.)
I separated the top and bottom, shortening the skirt section but otherwise leaving it alone. That will help with the twirl factor.
Using an existing pattern, I cut a new bodice. Sleeves came from the excessive skirt length.
It turned into this nice little girl’s dress for a 7-year old in our neighborhood. By using the existing hem and back ties, which don’t show in this picture, and preserving the button holes, buttons and finished neck seams of the bodice, over half the work was done for me. In all, it only took about 1-1/2 hours sewing time.
The photography needs help, but, hopefully, you get the spirit of the thing. Merry Christmas!