Tiered Linen Dress Perfect for Summer!

by Koetiquemade
3 Materials
4 Hours

When the hot temperatures hit, it's so nice to have a cool linen dress to grab when I need to dress up. That's exactly why I made the McCall's 7948 pattern. I've already worn it to two outdoor weddings with my husband and it was super cool and 100% comfortable. It's the perfect summer dress!

A sewing kit....

This pattern came is a glorious kit that I ordered from Minerva.com. The kit came with everything that I needed to make this dress in whatever view I chose. It was so easy! They sell out pretty quickly but I highly recommend purchasing a sewing kit from them if you ever get the opportunity. You can just purchase the linen fabric if you don't want the whole kit though.

Pattern View…

I chose to make view D. It has a sleeve ruffle and a two tiered skirt. I loved the fullness that the two tiers offered. But because the linen lays so nicely it has fullness with out making me feel bottom heavy. I just love it!

Just one small adjustment...

The pattern comes with a pocket pattern piece but there were no instructions for adding pockets to the tiered view. Which is just silly if you ask me. So I simply used the included pocket pattern piece and figured it out as I went. Included a picture above of what it looked like when I installed my pocket. I gathered and attached the top tier to the front bodice. Then I did the same with the back. After that, I attached the pockets to the side and then sewed from the sleeve down and around the pocket. This is what I found easiest, but you can do it differently. If you have ever installed pockets in a dress before you can figure it out.

Other than the pocket, I made zero adjustments to this pattern. Even though my body measurements put me all over the size chart, I know I usually have to size down with McCalls patterns. So I went with a size 14 even though a 16 was a little closer to my measurements. I’m so glad I made the 14 because a 16 would have been gigantic on me.

A tiny little detail I love....

All views require one little button for the back opening. It’s such a simple detail but makes it easy to slide the dress over your head to put it on. My kit came with several, single shaft, baby blue buttons for that part.

Make it your own!

This pattern is really quite simple to put together. It would be quite easy for someone to alter it a little to suit their needs too. Shortening or lengthening a tier of the skirt or elongating the bodice for someone with a long torso would be quite simple. It has a very straight shape without and curves or darts. I would recommend it for an advanced beginner because doing the gathers for the tiered view and ruffled sleeves can be a bit tricky. But if you are patient and take your time it’s not hard.

At first glance, one might overlook the McCall's 7948 pattern, but I just can't say enough about it. I love this dress! I can't wait to see this lovely pattern flood the internet like the McCalls 7969 pattern did a year ago!

Let’s be friends!

If you are looking for a pattern suitable for more than one occasion, hopefully this post helps you figure out what will work best with your wardrobe needs. Let’s be friends on all the socials! Come follow along on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook so we can chat about all our sewing projects!

Suggested materials:
  • Linen fabric   (McCall's 7948 pattern)
  • Coordinating thread   (Scissors)
  • One small button

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation