As this dress has a waist seam, I will be using the Sleeveless Bodice Blocks and Skirt Blocks. (Rather than, for example, the Extended Line Dress Block, which does not have a waistline seam).
I am using the Sleeveless Bodice Blocks (1-Dart Block Front), instead of the standard Bodice Blocks because they have the width of the block reduced, the armhole raised a little, and the back shoulder dart removed. I am using the 2-Dart Skirt Block to make the flared skirt.
My Sleeveless Bodice Blocks also already have the Empire Line markings noted. Instructions on how to do this are found under the Elements Menu > Stylelines pages, click on this link to go to the Empire Line page.
I am showing my personalised blocks rather than the standard size 14 that I use for general instructions; this is the actual block I used to create my pattern, as I am creating the dress for myself (as with all my patterns).
Third Scale Blocks are available for download, so you can follow along and practice patternmaking theory without making the pattern full-size. Click on the link provided to be taken to the Third Scale Blocks page. Before trying to make these patterns, even third scale, you should have a good understanding of the theory in the Principles Pages on this website.