2. Sew darts into your BODICE FRONT piece. (Typically I only do side darts OR front darts, not both, but with this dress the fit was better when I did both darts. Do whatever works for your body type).
3. Sew the BODICE FRONT and two BODICE BACK pieces together at the shoulder seams (with right sides together).
4. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam (as shown) with right sides together. Pin in place.
5. Continue pinning the sleeve to the bodice, and then sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.
6. With right sides together, sew up the sides of the bodice with a straight stitch.
7. Sew the two neckline pieces together to form an “O,” then cut the back part of the neckline open to match the two BODICE BACK pieces. Then attach the NECKLINE LINING to the BODICE neckline with a straight stitch (there’s a more detailed illustration and instruction for this step over here).
Tuck the NECKLINE LINING inside the dress, pin in place, and then sew around the entire neckline with a straight stitch to secure the lining in place.
8. Take your two skirt pieces and, with right sides together, attach them on the sides with a straight stitch. Baste around the entire opening on the top edge. Make sure to leave your basting threads long so you can pull them to gather.
9. Pull your long basting threads to create a gathered waistband. Gather until the waistband is the same circumference as the bodice circumference.
10. With right sides together, pin your skirt and bodice together at the waistline, and sew around the waistline with a straight stitch. Serge your seam allowance and press your seam.
11. Insert your zipper following the instructions on the package, and then sew up the remaining opening of the dress. If your lace and lining needs to be hemmed at the bottom, do that now (I hemmed it when I was creating my textile at the beginning). Press all your seams, and you’re done!
Now go make yourself a beautiful Easter dress!!