Make a Tiered Dress With Lace Trim!

by Koetiquemade
5 Materials
4 Hours

I love adding little details like, trims, pockets and ruffles to the dresses I make. It’s helps me customize the things I wear to fit my style. This newest dress of mine was such a fun project. I started with one idea, then rapidly changed. I absolutely LOVE the results!

The Pattern….

The Saltwhistle Top and Dress is a cute and flirty pattern ideal for your Spring and Summer wardrobe. It is meant for woven fabrics and features a stylish square neck design. The unique scalloped hem adds a beautiful feminine touch. Pair the peplum top with jeans for a casual day or colorblock the layered dress to turn heads. Take it down a notch and make a simple dress using just one layer. Easy to fit and wear with a slightly blousey silhouette and elastic to cinch the waist. Ladies sizes XS -5X with optional Full Bust pieces. This pattern is meant for woven fabrics.

Saltwhistle Top & Dress Features:

  • Meant for woven fabrics
  • 2 views: Peplum and knee length dress
  • 4 sleeve options: sleeveless, ruffle, short puff & 3/4 bishop
  • Square, faced neckline
  • Three tier options
  • Full bust option

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Intermediate

I originally wanted to make the layered dress view with a bishop sleeve but was going to skip the scalloped hem and do a straight one instead. However, I wanted to make ties for my boys to match and quickly realized I wasn’t going to have enough fabric to do both. So I improvised.

Turning Layers to Tiers…

I could have chosen to make the simple, no layered dress option, but I had already done that. Check this post for that dress. I decided to turn the layers into tiers. Instead of cutting the three layers I cut the top and middle. I would attach the middle layer to the bottom of the top layer to create the tiers. But I added some width to the middle so I could gather it and attach it to the bottom of the top layer. I tried to keep the design of the fabric uniform where I added in the width for gathering. I think I turned out really nice. You don’t even notice it!

Adding Some Lace Trim…

Then I found some wide, navy blue, lace trim in a stash of goodies I inherited from my mom. I thought it might look cute attached around the waist. My husband and boys really liked that detail too.

Changing the Sleeves…

I love a bishop sleeve, but when I tried the dress on, the fabric design and the long sleeve was a bit overwhelming. So I improvised there too. I hemmed the sleeve 4 inches and created a channel for some ½ inch wide elastic while doing so. Then I inserted the elastic to create a ruffled, puff sleeve look. I am so in love with how it turned out.

Dont’ Forget the Pockets!!!

Of course I had to add pockets. Making a dress and not adding pockets just seems like a waste of time. So I added some to this dress. They are super functional and big enough to fit my phone, a pack of gum and snacks.

So glad I decided to make this dress this way. I’m especially glad I had enough fabric to make my boys ties to match me. Maybe someday I will make this dress again and do the layered look. I really love it and think it would be so fun!

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Suggested materials:
  • 3 yards Rayon Fabric   (Walmart)
  • Saltwhistle pattern   (Love Notions)
  • Lace trim   (Joann)
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