Start with the base of the figure. The first pieces of wire should be cut to determine the height of your figures. I opted not to do life sized, but went a bit smaller.
First 5-6 cuts of same length
Attach each piece to another piece to form a ring from an aerial view
Cinch the top of the ring together to form the figures waist
To make the bodice, cut out the shape that you would like
Attach to skirt
To make arms, cut smaller pieces of chicken wire, make a circle and attach to upper body
To make head, use a mannequin head or a small ball to wrap the wire around the object
Slide the object out from under
Attach the head to the upper body
Position arm in manner that you wish
*Tip: To attach a piece of chicken wire to another piece, just make tiny cuts in chicken wire trim. Then make a hook to attach to another piece of chicken wire. There is no need for molly-ties IMO.