Hey all I usually just lurk here on the forums, but I'm peeking my head out todaoy to ask for some help. I'm trying to make a dress similar to this one, but my skills are a little rusty as I haven't sewn since high school, and even then I could only have been called a beginner. I can follow a pattern pretty well, but I'm just outside the range of the biggest patterns I've looked at so I'm winging it as best I can.
I'm using this tutorial to get the peasant top shape I'm after, but I'm stuck on how to handle the skirt bit. I thought I might just extend the length of the top, but I want a full/flared skirt and I'm not sure what the best way to accomplish that is. Would it be better to make a separate top and skirt? Make a skirt and sew it to the top (If so, what's a flattering waistline for a larger tummy)? I really want a one piece outfit and it seems like I could just extend the length of the top to dress-length, but what shape would I cut the bottom half to achieve flare-edness? Is there a more elegant solution than I've thought of?
Advice on dress construction, or any tips you think a newbie ought to know, would be greatly appreciated!