Start with your bodice pieces all cut out, like so.
Then sew one front bodice piece to two back bodice pieces. You will do this twice so you have two identical pieces.
Then with the right sides together sew from the sleeve edge to the arm pit and down the side. Again repeat for the lining as well. You should have two identical bodice pieces now.
Grab one and with right sides together sew the zipper down the edge of the back. I did not use an invisible zipper since I was ok with the zipper showing. Sew as close to the zipper as you can.
Then right sides together you are going to sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the back. Sew the same way you did the first side, sewing as close to the zipper as possible.
You can check your zipper again. At this point your zipper should look how it will when it is done (more or less)
Turn the whole bodice right side out. Then on the back side you will want to fold the edge in that you left un-done.
For the skirt I made it the same way I made this skirt I decided how long I wanted the skirt to be and divided that by 3 adding in seam allowance to each piece. I made the strips that height and the width was the width of the fabric. I simply cut 3 stripes for the front and 3 for the back. Then pieced them together the way I did the skirt and stitched the front and back together at the sides.
Then gather the top of the skirt. Mine was pretty full which I wanted, you can make it as full as you want.
Then with right sides together sew the bodice to the skirt piece. Hem the bottom of the skirt piece and you are done!
Zipper down the back… not too bad right? And how in love are you with color blocking? I think I am making Abbey and the new baby matching ones for Christmas this year… color blocked with red and white, or green and white… oh so many options.
Abbey loves the big full skirt, and since she was a pill for the pictures we ended up on the trampoline, let me tell you a full skirt has some great movement.
So if you make one upload it to our flikr group we would love to see it! (link found at the top of the page)