Ok, first off today, we're gonna cut some pieces from our accent fabric for the sleeve binding.
See more after the jump!
I cut mine to be 1.75"wide by 8". The length should be your kid's arm measurement+seam allowance- measure around the arm where the sleeve will be, the bicep area.
Then, iron them in half lengthwise, and then fold both sides in and iron those in too. It'll look like bias tape at this point. (does not need to be cut on the bias though!)
Then take your sleeve pieces and sew gathering stitches on the top and bottom of the sleeve.
Then, pin the two ends of your tape to the sleeve like so, then gather the bottom of the sleeve to fit the tape.
Pin that really well.
Then sew that on close to the upper edge of the tape. Repeat with other sleeve.
Next, gather the top of the sleeve to fit the arm hole on your bodice, then pin those right sides together. You may need to fiddle with it to get the gathers even, but it's not hard.
Then sew the sleeve in and finish your seams with a serger or zig zag stitch.
Next, with the bodice right sides together and pin the sides together, then sew and finish your seams.
I also like to tack down the seam on the sleeve with a few hand stitches so that it lies flat.
Tomorrow: the skirt! You'll want to know how long you'd like the skirt to be, so make sure and get any measuring done today that you may need tomorrow!