You will need:
1 yard of fabric (for about a size 2T, you will need more or less depending on the size you are making)
1 button for your back enclosure
2 buttons for the front pockets (optional)
The usual sewing line (scissors, ruler or straight edge, invisible marker etc.)
Fold the end of your fabric over just long enough to fit your dress or top you're tracing. This saves you space on the fabric instead of cutting right into the middle.
Fold your fabric in again and lay your dress piece that you've cut out down. Trace the top half, stopping about an inch or 2 below the arm hole.
Take your back dress piece and lay one of your bodice pieces down on top of it with the right sides together. Line it up and cut a V shape into both layers. This will become our button and elastic enclosure. (Ignore that I have sewn around the edges already in this picture. That was a mistake!)
Pin around the bodice and back dress piece and sew it around the top. Do not sew the bottom of the bodice that you have just hemmed. Make sure to sew down around your V that you have cut out. Near the top of the V, add your elastic loop facing the inside of the dress. That way the elastic will be on the right side when you flip it back right side out (sorry i'm not sure what happened to the picture of this).
You should now have a piece with the bodice and front dress sewn together, and a piece with the other bodice and back dress piece sewn together.
Now we're going to make pockets so if you don't want pockets, skip this part!
I'm pretty sure this way of doing pockets is the same way Dana does it here. Gotta make sure I give credit where credit is due!
Iron the edge of your strip halfway in and then iron the other edge in to meet it.
Sandwich the top of your pocket between the fabric and sew it down.
Now repeat with the other pocket.
Sew the button in place on the back for your elastic to hook around.
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!