The dress is starting to emerge! ✨ In stage 2, I cut out the fabric from a loosely constructed pattern, and drape it on the dress form. It looks like a mess, but I can see what I need to do next.
Now I'm at stage 3 -- constructing the garment and refining the pattern. I'll hem and connect the skirt to the bodice, add sleeves, and a zipper in the back. Although I am as historically accurate (and faithful to the American Girl patterning) as possible, I also must maintain the functionality of these dresses as costumes for photographs.