1. laying out pattern pieces: I think laying out pattern pieces to use the least amount of fabric is a lost art. I am certainly no good at it. And I find many new patterns I buy don't even include a layout diagram! Oliver + S does of course. I tend to use freezer paper for my patterns so I don't have to pin anything. This photo is right before I ironed all the pattern pieces down. And right after I took this picture I thought, "wait! I should really make a muslin."
2. making a muslin: this photo should be titled "trying to sew a muslin while carrying on a conversation with a 3 year old (about snacktime) and a 6 year old (about what a muslin is) simultaneously." The title explains why the darts are on the outside and why one shoulder seam is right and the other so wrong. It did fit--it may not look like it in the photo, but trust me it fit.
3. cutting the fabric: now this took me the whole hour. Every piece up there is double (either folded in half or two pieces stacked on top of each other). This is how 6 yards of fabric comes together to make one little dress!
The fairy tale dress (view B) is mostly one color, but the collar and bow can be a contrasting color. Well, obviously you can do whatever you like, but two fabrics are suggested (and it's a good suggestion). I was going to find a sweet floral print for the second fabric, but then I discovered this vintage sheet in my fabric stash. White swiss dot for the main fabric and multi color polka dot for the contrasting fabric? I mean come on! It's perfect!