|Then you are going to cut out the same piece but make it about 2 inches wider. Don’t cut this piece on the fold but cut 2 of them (4 if you want the front fully lined)
|Then with that piece you just cut you are going to cut in the front neckline. This can be however deep or wide as you want I followed the shoulder line from the top I patterned after, and then cut down about the same neckline.
|Then if you lay your pieces so the two front pieces overlap and they line up with the back piece you will get the idea of how your top will look. (if you need to cut the neck more or not)
|Now for the sleeves. Cut two sleeves I patterned mine after the shirt I used, only I made the sleeve longer. Then two cuff pieces for each sleeve. They were the width of the sleeve and two inches tall. then I cut a V in the middle for detail.
|Now for the skirt. I wanted it to be full so I made it 2 1/2 times wider than the top bodice piece (on the fold) Then I cut two of them and I put a little curve in the bottom so it would have a little flair.
|Lastly I measured around the neckline of the pieces I cut out and multiplied that by 3 then I cut a long strip that was the length of my neckline times 3 and about 4 inches wide. (this is for the neck ruffle)
|Ok to start sewing, sew under the edges of the ruffle piece.
|Then fold it in half and run a basting stitch along the raw edge to gather it. To save time with the ruffle, if you hold the top thread while you are sewing it gathers for you and then you don’t have to gather it later.
|Ok next sew your ruffled piece around the neckline of the bodice.
|So now you should have something that looks like this. See how you can see the neckline piece? I turned that piece under and then I topstitched it down. I also topstitched around the edges.
|Now for the sleeves. Start by taking 2 cuff pieces and sew them together along the top edge. Turn them right side out and top stitch.
|Then sew the cuff to the wrong side of the sleeve. Then turn the cuff around to the right side and topstitch.
|Then sew your sleeve right sides together to make a tube.
|Then sew your sleeves to the top.
|Next sew your 2 skirt pieces at the side seams. Then sew a basting stitch across the top and gather it.
|Then with right sides together pin the skirt to the bodice. Make sure you overlap your front pieces so they match up with the width of the back piece. Then sew in place.
|Now hem the bottom, and your dress could be done. I however wanted to add 2 more details to make it more festive…
|First for a POP of color. I added large silk flowers Tutorial found here. I also wanted to add interest to them so I added the lace and gold (the gold is from a ribbon) Then I sewed some beads in the middle.
|One last detail. The front opening should open wide enough to slip on over the head, but then if you find the front piece flapping and want to secure it, just sew a snap on to hold it in place.
|That’s it now you have one fabulous Holiday Dress with a nice POP of color. Oh and an oh so lovely ruffled collar… What’s not to love?