Ok, so I thought I would give you a sneak peak of what I have been working on... And give you a quick tip on gathering fabric. I would rather go to the dentist than gather fabric the way my pattern instructs me to, which is to stitch two loose gathering stitches around the skirt top, and hope they don't break when you pull them to gather! I guess I am not patient enough because my threads always break before they gather.
Before I start I find the center of my skirt, and my bodice, and mark with a pencil. Then, I stitch a loose zig zag stitch over regular dental floss (who knew floss could be so useful), about 1/4 inch from the raw edge you wish to gather.
Go around the entire skirt. Then simply pull the floss, and you have your gathered edge! Match the gathered skirt to your bodice. Match and pin at your side seams, and the centers first. I still don't love to do gathering fabric, but this makes it more bearable!
I can't wait for you to see the finished project, but you are going to have to wait!