My daughter will be the flower girl in her uncle's wedding in a few weeks, and the dress I found for her is spectacular. Trouble is, she is a messy messy messy almost 2 year old. I made an apron to try to keep the muck off of her long enough for the pictures to come out ok.
create pattern pieces from newspaper. Label them.
lay out pieces on a length of scrap fabric.
cut out fabric pattern pieces adding in the seam allowance. In this case, 1/2 an inch.
Oops! Seam allowance not required on the sides or neckline of the front piece. (now you know why I make fabric pattern pieces!)
lay out your pattern pieces on your fabric of choice. This is where you can double and quadruple your layers so you can cut several pieces at once.
cut out your pieces.
Apply bias tape to top and bottom edges of pockets. Also to the neckline, and both sides of the front. This picture shows dots of basting glue which make bias tape infinitely easier to work with.
applied bias tape.
Stitch together back panels leaving the top and bottom open. (have you figured out you actually need 4 pieces yet? sorry about that.)
turn, press and stitch front and back together at shoulder seams.
close look at the shoulder
carefully line up your pockets over top of two of the side pieces of the skirt. Again, fabric glue to the rescue to make basting these in place easy-peasy.
stitch the pockets on along the very bottom edge only.
stitch the skirt pieces together.
surge or trim along the edge making it nice and even and rounding off the corners as you go.
apply bias tape all the way around the skirt edge and gather waistline. For the gather, you may wish to use a colour thread that is easily noticeable so you can find it and pull it out later.
Sandwich all your pieces. Notice that there is a waistline/tie piece in there as well. I did not decide what to do with the ties until just before I assembled the pieces. You could choose a ribbon too if you'd like.
attach the bottoms of the back pieces to the waistline.
button and buttonhole for the back. you could use a hook, snap or Velcro if you wish.
button close up
Thanks for looking! Questions and comments welcome.