I'm working on making a dress without a pattern. It's empire waisted with princess seams on top and a tiered skirt. I'm most of the way through it, but I'm not sure what order I should do the remaining steps.
Here's what I still need to do:
Sew the side seam that will have the zipper
Install the zipper
Put braid trim on the skirt tier seams
Topstitch the bodice and handsew the lining to the waist seam
Add a patch pocket
Hem, and if it's shorter than I want, add lace
I'm thinking the pocket will be easier to apply while the skirt is flat, so I'll probably do that first. I'm not sure if it's better to add the braid trim before or after I sew the side seam. If I do it after, I'll have to fold it over and that way is hard to get it to look neat. If I do it before, they probably won't line up perfectly, and I think it might make the skirt hang oddly.
Here are some reference pics: