You will need:
one ugly dress
Step 1: Finding an Ugly Dress!
I chose this dress because I liked the buttons going up the chest to the neck. And there was enough of it to work with.
Step 2: Taking the Dress Apart!
Cut off anything you don't want on your final dress. The first thing I took off was the shoulder pads. Next, the elastic on the waist. I also removed the sleeves and cut the skirt in half.
Take off as little or as much as you want, be creative!
Step 3: Fitting to Size!
I measured my daughter's legs from waist to knee, shoulder width, and the length from under her arm pit to her waist. Then I measured the dress and added an inch to each measurement for the seam allowance.
Next, take the scissors and start cutting!
Step 4: Sewing It Back Together!
Turn and top stitch the hem on the skirt. I didn't measure the skirt hem...just eye balled it.
Step 5: Final Touch Ups!
Since I don't have a serger, I used a wide zigzag stitch to finish up the raw edges to prevent fraying.
And ta-da! Your done!!
Now, you or your daughter will have a one-of-a-kind dress/jumper for school. Enjoy!