Step 1: Layout
I turned down the top edge of the back half of the skirt to create a finished edge. The top edge of the front half is sewn to the straps. The rest of the edges remained unfinished. Like I said, it's very simple!
Step 2: Skirt
I folded the back half of the skirt over on itself to finish the top edge on my serger. This is easier to do with a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine if you don't know quite what I'm talking about here. I hope the pictures help illustrate what I did.
Then I placed the front and back halves of the skirts right sides together and serged the side seams together.
To finish any serged seam, I took a large-eyed needle, and threaded the tail of the serger thread back through the serged seam.
Step 3: Straps
I measured the pleat placement as shown, and pinned them together. Before attaching the straps to the front of the dress, I basted them in place by hand. Make sure that the two straps are pleated in opposite directions!
Next, I marked the center of the front side of the skirt and aligned the two straps accordingly. Preferably, they will overlap at the center front. Using the serger, I attached the straps to the skirt.
Wow, the dress is done! How easy was that!