First I added the skirt. This was simply a strip cut from the full width of the fabric. When I added the lace at the bottom, I decided to have it peeping out from under the hem, as it seemed a little wide for the scale of the dress. I stitched the centre back seam, then put box pleats across the front, in reference to the pleats in Miss Missy's dress, and ran gathering threads round at the back. I figured gathering the back was just easier than working out the math to ensure that the pleats would fit!
Then on to the sleeves. At first I thought I would do a simple frill, but as I was messing about with the pattern, I didn't feel that it looked quite right. I then thought of creating a little cap sleeve by using a deep frill shape and gathering the hem edge. I cut a piece of scrap fabric to try it out, and was very pleased with the way it looked. So on to the real thing.
Again, I added lace peeping out from under the hem. I ran gathering threads along the hem line stitching, and then attached a piece of narrow ribbon, pulling up the gathering threads to fit, and so created a frill at the hem. I tried using elastic at first, but it got too stretched out, and wouldn't bounce back to its original length, so that didn't work out. I then gathered the armhole edge and stitched the armhole seam. At the underarm, I simply folded the seam allowance over and stitched it down.
I am so happy with the way the dress looks.
I think Mooch looks very sweet. I'm sure she likes her new dress...what do you think?