I made this for my 11-year old daughter to wear to our holiday party. For those who have tween daughters, it can be a difficult time to find dresses that aren't too cutesie childish, but aren't too hoochie either! This was my solution.
This started out as two adult sized tops. One was a silvery gray angora blend sweater that I fulled (aka felted) in the washer, and a the other was black velour pullover.
I began by cutting a band off the bottom of the angora sweater, which I later used at the bottom of the skirt to give a slight "bubble" effect.
Because my daughter only wears a size 10-12, I needed to take in the sweater a little. I used my serger to stitch in one inch on each side of the sweater. I also took in the sleeves just a bit.
I cut the torso portion of the black velour top off to use as the skirt portion of the dress. I attached it to the sweater using the serger, pulling tight to give a lettuce edge. I left this serged seam on the outside of the dress.
I then attached the bottom band of the sweater to the skirt following the same procedure. I used leftover pieces of the velour to make three roses that I hand stitched onto the front of the dress near the shoulder. Voila! Instant party dress that is totally unique.