This is one that I mentioned in passing when I made my last Chemo Dress, but I use it time and again so I figured it was time to turn it into a tip.
When making a dress that has a voluminous (read, “Bias or partly bias”) skirt, I construct the skirt first. Since you need to let the skirt hang at least overnight before hemming, this saves some time. Make the skirt and/or lining, then let them hang on a hanger or a dress form for at least 8 hours. While the skirt is hanging, you can construct the bodice. Once the bodice is done, you can then attach the two parts and hem immediately. Saves time and seems to me like a more logical progression.