Today is all about the bodice. We'll attach the collar and the lining, then get those buttonholes all in a row. Again, all seam allowances are 1/2" unless noted otherwise.
Lay your main bodice (not the lining) out on the table with the right side up. With the right side of the collar facing up, align the notch on the collar with the center back notch on the back bodice and pin in place. The front edge of the collar should align with the front notches. Pin around the inside edge of the collar. Baste the collar to the bodice close to the raw edge (1/4" seam allowance).
Place the bodice lining over the outer bodice with right sides together. Pin around the neckline and down each front edge, sandwiching the collar in between. Stitch with a 3/4" seam allowance up the front edges and a 1/2" seam allowance around the neckline.
Clip the front corners and trim the neckline cure to 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curve, but do not cut into the stitching.
Turn the bodice right side out and press all finished edges well. Push out the corners with a blunt tool. Press the collar down. Topstitch each finished front edge and around the neckline underneath the collar.
Baste the remaining raw edges (sides, font bottom, and back bottom).
Create 7 horizontal buttonholes on the left side of the front bodice where you marked them on Day 1. The buttonholes should be 1/2" wide for sizes 2T to 5 or 3/4" wide for sizes 6 to 10. Be sure to create a test hole in scrap fabrics to ensure a good fit with your buttons.
See the rest of the Avery Sew-Along here: