Today I had a look at some patterns online and I thought this one might be useful.
Yeah, I know that is an extremely cheesy photo... but the pattern includes a dress with puffy little sleeves and a basic jumperskirt. They are more towards the empire line from what I can make out and thats not a style I've really tackled yet.
As per usual it looks like they'll need a lot more flare adding to the bottom hem for a lolita shape.
The pattern is Burda 7739