I love how sheering looks and I had to make a dress with it. Here is the final outcome and steps for how to make your own!
What you need:
~1 yard fabric
1 large button
1. Cut out pattern pieces.
Pattern Page 1
Pattern Page 2
this great tutorial--scroll down a little. You have to make one change. Add some length to the bottom part of the bodice. So, you are making 4 sides longer like this:
use my equation in this post to figure out how long to cut width (part around waist). Look under "How to measure cut of fabric around waist."
2.Put bodice front and back, right sides together. Match up shoulders and side seams, sew them up.
3. Take one sleeve at a time fold it in half, so right sides are together, sew up seam.
Iron up the edge of sleeve (the part that doesn't attach to bodice) to get rid of unfinished edge. If you want to add trim watch this short video:
4. Sew a gathering thread across top part of sleeve (that attaches to bodice) and pull until it is same size as arm hole in bodice:
Now you have this:
6. Attach bias tape all around neck line and around the cut you just made. Watch this:
8. For skirt, sew up side seam. Finish off bottom hem. I added trim to this part. Watch video for sleeve trim if you need to see it again. Don't forget to top stitch!
If you want to add trim to the middle, like I did, add it now. You can just baste it on.
11. If you want to embellish with a flower like I did, I did a basting stitch on the flat side of the trim, pulled it into circles, and sewed it together, adding a blingy button in the middle. I sewed it onto the dress and added a little fabric glue to get it to lay just how I wanted it.
Also, the black and white dress is for 18 months and my daughter is only about 13 months in the picture (that's why the dress is a little big--wanted her to grow into it). The purple dress is 12 months (that's why it fits so much better).