First of all Happy New Years!!! We just got back from vacation on Sunday morning. We went up to Illinois to see my folks and family for the holidays, I am still a bit tired. I have to say it was the best Christmas ever!
Cut out 4 pieces of the front bodice, two for the main fabric and two for the lining. Very important, make sure you cut out the fabric one for each side, the fabric should be folded with wrong sides together so that two pieces of the fabric are cut out at the same time, one for the front of the bodice and one for the lining of the bodice. Do this twice to have the 4 pieces of cut the right way.
Cut out 2 pieces of fabric for the ties as well, mine for this dress was 30"x 2 1/4" but for the pink dress I made the tie wider, 2 3/4" wide.
Cut out three pieces of fabric for the skirt (not pictured). The skirt will be in three pieces, the front, the back, and the inside of the front. To figure out the width of one piece, double the width of the bottom the front bodice piece. ( All the bodice pieces will be the same width). For the lenght of the skirt pieces figure out how long you want it to come down on your little girl and add 11/2" to that. ( 1/4 for top seam allowance and a 1 1/4 for the bottom hem.)
Now stitch the side seams in place, press open. Then press the bottom of front and lining down a 1/4".
You will have a long rectangle piece of fabric now. Hem the two short sides by pressing under a 1/4" then a 1/4" again and stitching in place.
Now we will hem the bottom of the skirt, press under a 1/4" than 1", stitch in place.
Now run a gathering stitch along the top of the skirt. Do this in three sections across the top, one for each section of skirt incase the string brakes so you won't have to do the whole thing over agin. Gather the skirt and pin in place to the front of the main bodice only, lining up the side seams. Place the hemed side edges right next to the side pieces of the bodices. Play around with this until it is the way you want it. Stitch in place.