Step 1: Cutting out pattern
I tend to use a few different patterns in my costumes. Since we dance a lot, most of our skirts need to be circle skirts so they flare out in the spins..so I didn't use a specific pattern. I just hand picked things from different patterns that I already owned or just made my own by laying interfacing on the dress form and either cut it out by eye or drew on it with a marker exactly what I wanted the shapes to be. You'll see the circle skirt in the photo and the hand made pattern for the white section on the bodice area in the photos.