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Designer examples - Tiered garments

Designer examples - tiered dresses
Pattern making isn’t just learning new skills - unlock the possibilities of how you can use them with these dreamy tiered garments.

Multicoloured tiered dress
Atlantic Pacific

Match your sleeve panels with the body in this amazing colour block example!

Pink sleeveless dress with multiple tiered panels

You can start with any base pattern, I love these sleeveless looks.

Blue sleeveless tier dress
Greta Constantine

You can choose whether to sew the panels as a regular seam or to finish the edges and overlap them on top of the seams! Just remember to finish the edge of both pieces before gathering and stitching in place.

Yellow and pink gingham shirt dress with big ruffle collar and small tiered panels
Pair tiered panels with a shirt pattern! How gorgeous is this gingham Aje number!

Pink shirt dress with tiered layers and big gathered sleeves
Pair it with some killer sleeves! 


Learn how to draft your own tiered dresses, skirts and patterns with this easy pattern cutting tutorial.

Pastel multi-coloured tiered layers with scalloped trim inserted between each tier
Stella Nova

I love the scallops sandwiched in-between each tier! It feels like a super inventive way to add some playfulness into the garment.

Blue dress with a curved gathered seam and a white bottom tier and puff sleeve
Middle Daughter

This top panel is a curved seam (learn more about adding gather to shaped panels in our Intro to pattern making courses) and the second is a rectangular tiered panel.

Strap dress with multicoloured tiered panels

Tiered skirts

Pink and red gingham tiered skirt
Draper James

Use a fitted waistband and add tiered rectangles which will gather to the size of the waistband.

Multicoloured striped tiered skirt
Black and white gingham skirt with a button placket and small gathered tier
Blue denim with a fitted top panel skirt and two gathered tiers
Keep the fitted top panel on a skirt and add the tiered panels below.

Green tiered skirt with an elasticated waistband

Add a thin panel the same measurement as the top tier to create this elasticated waistband.

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If you're beginning your pattern-making adventure or you'd like to dive in further, this course is perfect for you; it covers everything from moving darts to adding volume and finishing patterns.

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