So to begin the bodice, pin your bodice pieces together at the shoulder seams, right sides together.
Sew along the shoulder seam. At this point, the front neckline wasn't low enough for the look I was going for, so I trimmed it down a bit. Just make sure that you keep the inches that overlap in the middle as flat as possible so that they don't look funny when overlapped. (did I make ANY sense there?)
Then press the shoulder seams open, and lay the pieces like so, RST (right sides together). Pin around the neckline and down the front seams.
Sew up one front bodice, around the neckline, and back down the other side of the bodice.
Clip the curves, turn right sides out and press.
Now top stitch about 1/4" from the edge around the whole thing again. Take your time-this is where your dress will either look homemade, or handmade. (mine's a little of both, lol!)
Next I basted the lining and MF together around the arm holes.
Next, overlap your front bodice pieces, and lay your buttons out where you'd like them, then draw a line (please use a ruler! unlike me) and then sew a row of stitching (or two) along that line.
Then lay your buttons out again, properly this time, making sure they're evenly spaced, and then put in your buttonholes.
Sorry I don't have any advice for these, because every machine is different, but Dana wrote a great post with basic buttonhole info-if you want to check that out!