Some time ago, I came across this tutorial on how to convert a baby dress into an elegant dress for your 18" doll. I hate to let things go to waste, and I knew this outfit was too far gone to remake into anything useful for a baby, but I thought I might give it a shot for making it into a doll dress.
After I cut off the bottom of the jumper, I did a simple hem that would hide most of the uneven flaws.
I then put it on the doll and figured out how much I would have to take in the sides. I pinned the dress where I wanted the new seam. I probably would have been easier to put the doll with the reverse side showing first.
The pinned sides.
I did a simple basting stitch up the sides I started about an inch up from the hem--I wanted to take advantage of the fullness of the skirt.
Then I began to trim away the excess...
The excess is trimmed off and it is ready for a finishing stitch for knits.
The finished stitch.