Laurie asked about the construction of the Harvest Dress in my sidebar. I made this dress a couple of years ago for a invitational event on Ebay featuring two children's designers from each state. We were to design a children's garment thematic to our state. My design was inspired by the world-renown giant vegetables (due to our long summer sun and the unique glacial silt soil) in the Alaskan valley where I live.
It was made in this way:
Jumper - An out-of-print Vogue children's pattern, 9275 Florence Eiseman. I wanted a really full skirt so I angled the side seams on the pieces even more and I added more fullness to the width. The appliques were done by fusing with Heat and Bond and then were "thread painted" (stitching to within a few threads of raw edges and then design lines stitched in) with rayon threads and then some selective beading done. Edges were left raw to go along with the country primitive look of the outfit.
Attached Petticoat - The skirt was going to be heavy from the weight of all the applique and its beading. I wanted the skirt to stick out so I added an attached petticoat. To avoid even more bulk at the waistline, I made a straight skirt from lining fabric that was the same waist circumference as the jumper bodice. I put the ruffle with a layer of gathered tulle at the bottom. It's about a 10 inch ruffle so that it can really hold the skirt out, but only peeks out a couple of inches.
BLouse - basic peasant blouse from black homespun
Jacket - I wanted a cropped jacket. I took a girl's jewel neck, button to waist dress pattern. I no longer even recall what it was. Sorry. I only used the sleeve and bodice pieces. I cropped the length and the sleeves. I reversed the facings and did them in a contrast fabric. Jacket is lined.
Hope that helps. Here are some additional pics.