I apologize for the long period of time between this post and the last, I had to book a couple extra sessions at the sewing studio (Christine Shirley). I left off with the bodice portion of the dress is completed. Now, it is time to create and attach the skirt.
The skirt is made up of two rectangles sewn into a loop. In this case, there are four different rectangles (two from the lining, two from the outer fabric). In order to add a lining to the skirt, I basted a rectangle of the lining and outer fabric together. After doing that for both sides, I sewing the rectangles together on the edges. In doing this, I added pockets. The pockets were probably the easiest part, you can add them to nearly any garment. with side seams.
After sewing the skirt together, it was time to attach the skirt to the bodice. to do this, I gathered the skirt to fit the waist and sewed a straight stitch to attach. It was surprisingly difficult to get the bodice and skirt to lie flat, but after a lot of adjusting and some help (thanks Haley), it came together.
At this point I am almost done, I still need to attach the zipper and finish hemming the skirt. Which I will hopeful do tomorrow.