9. Front. Work from ** to ** of Back. Rep last row until armhole measures approx 2.5 (2.5, 3, 3)"; end with a WS row.
10. Neck Shaping. Row 1: Ch 2, hdc in next 7 hdc, hdc2tog over next 2 hdc; turn, leaving rem sts unworked. Place marker at end of row.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across; turn -- 9 sts. Rep last row until armhole measures approx 4.5 (5, 5.5, 5.5) inches, ending with a WS row. Fasten off.
With RS facing, sk center 7 (8, 9, 10) hdc, join yarn to next hdc, ch 2 -- counts as hdc; hdc2tog over next 2 hdc; work Pat to end of row; turn. Work even on rem 9 sts until length is same as first side. Fasten off.
11. Sew side seams. Armhole and Neck Edging With RS facing, join MC with sl st to 2nd hdc from corner at Back Neck edge. Ch 1, sc evenly across back neck edge to last sc, sc2tog in corner. Sc evenly around left shoulder strap and armhole edge, working 3 sc at front point. Sc2tog in front left corner, sc evenly along front neck edge, sc2tog in right front corner. Sc evenly around right shoulder strap and armhole edge, working 3 sc at front point, sc2tog in right back corner; join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
12. Flower Motif (If desired, make 10 of each in A, B, C and D colors): With smaller crochet hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join to first sc.
Rnd 2: (Ch 5, sk next sc, sl st in next sc) 4 times, ch 5, sl st in first ch of beg ch-5 -- 5 petals made. Fasten off.
Sew 3 flowers of various colors to shoulder straps next to buttonholes as shown in photo. Sew 5 flowers sprinkled along skirt front and rem flowers to lower edge of skirt front.
Sew on buttons. Weave ribbon through last V-st row at waist and tie into bow at front.