I started with a basic a-line shape (a little wider than usual) and cut it into three sections. Then I cut the fabrics using those 3 sections. I sewed each section together to make the block effect.
Next I created two sleeves and cut the cuffs. You will need 4 cuff pieces (2/sleeve) about 2 inches in width. Find the center of the cuff and cut a small triangle through all the pieces. With RST sew along the bottom where you cut out the triangle. Repeat with other cuff.
Flip the cuff right side out and press with the iron. Then top stitch along the same line.
With the dress inside out mark on the front of the dress about 2 inches from each side seam and 2 inches from the top of the pink block. These marks are for your elastic. Using a zig zag stitch the elastic all around the backside of the dress starting at one mark and finishing at the other mark. Make sure to pull your elastic tight and try not to stitch directly on the elastic. I used 1/8th size.
Sew your button on.
Create a bow from the leftover bias tape used for the piping and hand sew it onto the front of the dress.
It is a simple dress but I love the details that make it special.