Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Three Tiered Summer Dress

I've had this fabric sitting around in my craft cupboard for the longest time, so when I saw these tiered dresses on Yesstyle, I thought I would attempt to make one. I was half expecting it to fail (as with most of my sewing endeavours), but I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out!


Materials: 

2 metres of blue denim mottled jersey fabric from The Remnant Warehouse
Matching thread

What to do:

1. Using a fitted tank top, cut out front and back pieces of your first tier. Its length should be such that it ends below the bust and above the navel.

2. Hem the necklines for both pieces. 

3. Pin both pieces right sides together. Sew along the shoulders and the sides. 

4. Flip the first tier right side out. 

5. Cut out two pieces of fabric for the second tier. Its length should make the dress hit mid thigh. Its top opening should be about 5 inches wider than the first tier opening, and flaring out slightly. Place the pieces right sides together and sew along the sides. Sew a basting stitch all around its top opening (do not back stitch).

6. Pull the ends of the basting stitch to gather the fabric. Keep pulling and adjusting until the gathers are evenly distributed. The gathered opening should now be as wide as your first tier opening. 

7. Place the second tier with its gathered opening facing downwards. Slip the first tier between the two layers of the second tier such that all right sides face each other. 

8. Pin all around and sew the two layers together.

9. Flip the second tier right side out. 

10. Cut out two pieces of fabric for the third tier. Its length should bring the dress to the final desired length. Its top opening should be about 5 inches wider than the second tier bottom opening, and flaring out slightly. Place the pieces right sides together and sew along the sides. Sew a basting stitch all around its top opening (do not back stitch).

11. Pull the ends of the basting stitch to gather the fabric. Keep pulling and adjusting until the gathers are evenly distributed. The gathered opening should now be as wide as your second tier bottom opening.

12. Place the third tier with its gathered opening facing downwards. Slip the dress between two layers of the third tier such that all right sides face each other.

13. Pin all around and sew the two layers together.

14. Flip the third tier right side out. Hem the bottom and the sleeves. 

Although it's not perfect, I actually really love this dress as it is casual yet sweet! I see myself wearing this when I'm at home or running errands during summer. (Yes, it's actually winter here. I'm in denial.)

As this is the first time I am writing a sewing tutorial, I do apologise if the diagrams and explanations are a bit confusing. Feel free to leave a comment if you would like me to clarify any of the steps. I am by no means a sewing expert, but I thought I'd share my successful projects. Do send me pictures or links if you end up making one!

2 comments:

  1. I love it! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-tiered-summer-dress/2014/08/19/
    --Anne

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  2. @ Anne: Thank you Anne for the feature! Look forward to it! :)

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