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How To Make A Tiered Maxi Dress (With Tie Up Straps!)

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How to make a tiered maxi dress with tie up straps!

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132 thoughts on “How To Make A Tiered Maxi Dress (With Tie Up Straps!)

  1. I totally LOVE it!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Beautiful dress and congrats 💕

    1. Thank you so much! 🧡

  3. Why the zip?

    1. The bodice is quite fitted and the fabric has no stretch so you need the zip to get in and out of the dress. You could use buttons instead if you like

  4. Hi Janelle — what a darling dress! I have a question about the seams. Did you do anything to prevent them from fraying? After a few washes, a lot of fabrics would begin to gray I think. I love your dress with the top. Some of us in the 60+ year old set, look better with covered arms!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I overlocked my seams with my serger, but if you don’t have one of those you can sew a zigzag stitch along the seams to stop them from fraying 😊

  5. That dress is just lovely and it looks wonderful on you!!

  6. This is my first time watching your videos. I have got a Lovley vintage cotton sari that would make this dress.
    Unfortunately I live in a country that doesn’t sell dress patterns. We don’t have a postal system either . I might just go for it and see how it turns out as it looks so Lovley for our very hot climate.
    I need to see some more of these videos. From Linda xx in the TRNC.

  7. Janelle (spelling?), I have been so excited to start sewing again after getting inspired by a handful of YTers, including you! So I broke out my sewing machine after gosh, 10-12 years but quickly learned my sewing machine was acting funny, skipping stitches and getting jammed frequently. Well, I finally took it to a local sewing machine repair shop and they called me back to let me know that…. I had my needle in the wrong way and was using a too-small bobbin 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I felt so silly! But the kind man was so kind to reassure me that there were other things wrong with it so it wasn’t entirely my fault. I can’t wait to start seeing again!!

    1. Hi there! Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there! 🙈 And yay now you can start sewing again! How exciting 🧡

  8. Ooooh so looking forward to this one!!!!!😘🤗🌼👍

  9. I prefer the 1.5 times tiers too! Just finished a maxi skirt in the same style

  10. Also, thank you so much for sharing how to make this dress! I’ve been wanting to make one since spring. I watched a lot of other videos but I really enjoy watching and learning from you. Keep it up, young lady! 😍

    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the video 🧡

  11. I’m in Hawaii and I hope to make the live stream sew along. Do you already know what you will be sewing that day? If I can’t make it live, will you post a recording for replay?

    1. Awesome! I never made a dress before. I’m ready to try 😁

    2. Aw yay, I hope you can make it! Yes I’ll be posting it on my channel afterwards, and I’m thinking of making a dress 🧡

  12. Wow! That’s a beautiful dress!

  13. So adorable!

  14. You are so inspiring! Is the hand knotting on the darts to reduce bulk, keep a great stitch line, or something else?

    1. @Rosery Apparel cool! Thank you!

    2. It’s to stop extra unnecessary bulk and bubbleing 😊

  15. I know it’s not easy, but would love for you to make 2 videos a week!!!

    1. Yayyyy!!!

    2. That’s definitely a goal of mine 😄

  16. Extremely beautiful😍😍😍

    1. Thank you! 🧡

  17. Congratulations Janelle! <3

  18. Love this dress! Cant wait to have a go at it myself! Congratulations on 100k subscribers!!:)

    1. Thank you so much 😊

  19. I would love to see your take on a pinafore!

  20. Congratulations on 100k subscriber love watching your channel x

    1. Thank you, that means a lot 🧡

  21. @voolenvine 💁🏻‍♀️

  22. I’m from Germany and I love your videos. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you like them! 💕

  23. A pattern giveaway would be a fantastic way to celebrate your channel success, might draw in even more subs!

  24. Just wondering, what dress were you wearing in this video, the one with the reddish flower print?
    Also, I love the tiered dress, once I get some more fabric, I hope I can order this pattern and make it! So cute! I might have to make it shorter since I don’t like super-long dresses. God bless!

    1. A shorter version would be lovely too! And the dress I’m wearing is the Hazel dress that I made a few videos ago 😊

  25. Esse vestido é tao Anne with an E

  26. Lovely dress. Love your chanel well done on gaining so many subscribers. I made my first ever macrame pot holder folling a previous video. Debbie b .UK

  27. You have convinced me that I too can sew. My problem is picking out the fabric. I get overwhelmed with all the choices and end up leaving with nothing!

  28. Congratulations

  29. Janelle your videos are always a pleasure to watch, and so inspiring. As a (very) beginner I keep watching in the hope that I will absorb some of your skill and actually start creating some clothes for a me-made wardrobe of my own. Congratulations on reaching 100k subscribers! PS Your make up is perfection. Any chance you might share the brand and colour of your lipstick? 💄💋

    1. Aww thank you so much lovely! You can totally make your own clothes as a beginner 😍 Also, my lipstick is velvet teddy by Mac 😊

  30. Your dress turned out very nice. It’s nice to look at a picture of a garment and be able to recreate it. So talented. 🥰🌸

    1. Thank you 🧡 It’s one of my favourite things to do!

  31. Congratulations ! 🙂

  32. Congratulations Janelle, well done, and what a fab project, just gorgeous 💚

    1. Thank you Suzi 😘

  33. Love the haircut!

  34. It is amazing 🤩🤩

  35. Beautiful! I’m in the middle of making your Ross dress these days! I’m really enjoying it.

    1. Yay that’s lovely to hear! 😄

  36. I don’t know how to appreciate u..I’m in love with ur sewing skills…itz easy to understand n also itz so satisfying….💖💖💖💜💜

  37. Super cute. I want one in teal or terracotta 😁😜. Congratulations on the 100K.. so happy for you!

    1. @Rosery Apparel haha I pulled the funny face because I want everything in teal or terracotta 😁

    2. Thank you so much Sonia 😘

  38. This question has nothing to do with this video…although I do love the dress and I think its one of my favs… my question is: Did you make your own wedding gown??? I can you being the type that would attempt that and I imagine you would be really successful! Would love to see pics if you did.

    1. Haha it’s a good question! I tried to make my dress but it completely freaked me out and I didn’t want to hate my wedding dress by the end of making it (it was 5 years ago and I wasn’t as good as sewing as I am now) so ended up buying a $120 pink dress that I loved and wore that instead 😍 Maybe I’ll share some pics one day, or even make a video about it as I made soo many cute diys for the day!

  39. It’s really cool….I may try that !!👍👍

  40. Ooh I literally commented about tie up straps for this dress the other day! So helpful to see how you do them x

  41. Very very very perfect 🥰🥰😍😍😍😍😍

  42. I’m wondering why you need darts on the back bodice pieces? Does that just help make it overall more fitted? Also, where do you find most of your vintage fabrics? I’d love to see a video more about where/how you source your materials!

    1. Yes it makes the bodice more fitted. Hopefully I’ll share a video on fabric shopping soon 😊

  43. Amazing🤩🤩

  44. Love your style 💖 This dress is divine 🥰

  45. Oh by the way Janelle. How come you don’t use gathering foot or ruffle foot for this dress and the hemp dress that you made also. It’s faster and evenly distributed

    1. Ooh that sounds interesting! I’ll need to look into it 😊

  46. Hi Janelle …. love this dress and I was actually waiting for this 3 tiered dress. What seen allowance for you do? 5/8? Also can you please do tutorial on how to put zipper on dress like this. I was struggling on the hem dress that you showed.
    So please how to put zipper tutorial

  47. How did you know I wanted to make this exact dress!? So excited to make it!

  48. super

  49. wow..I like it alot… ♥️😍😍😘😘

  50. This is so cute! Your so inspiring!

  51. I hate my arms, so, as strange as this sounds haha, I love that you wear sweaters under your dresses!! I just adore you and your wardrobe and skills!

  52. Gorgeous dress. Did you also make the turtle neck?

    1. Thank you! No I didn’t make it, but it’s been in my wardrobe for years 😊

  53. Ahh I guessed right! It was a variation on the Hazel pattern 😁 the dress is lovely, I was just wondering why you attached panel 2 to 1 and then 3 to 2 for the skirt? In my mind it seems to make more sense if you attach 3 to 2 then 2 to 1. I’m sure there’s a reason, I’m just curious!

    1. You could do it that way if you like, but yeah I did it 2 to 1 and then 3 to 2 to make sure it was getting more voluminous towards the bottom. If it’s measured correctly though, it can be done in any order 😊

    2. Probably to give more volume in gathers down the bottom, right? 1 was the shortest, 3 was longest.

  54. It’s beautiful! I love the color!

  55. Love the dress! Lol the turtleneck since we’re in a heatwave over here.

  56. The bodice looks adorable as a top by itself ❤️. But the skirt portion is beautiful!

    1. Totally! 😍😍

  57. I adore how versatile and personal everything is 😍 Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Aw thank you! You’re so welcome 🧡

  58. Now Really am big fan of uuu… always ur ideas and talents are awesome 👏… am also a little designer.. indian bridel weal only… for my frnds and famlyz .. 🤩
    I got new ideas from ur videos…
    🥰thankz ❤️

    1. ❤️

    2. Thank you 🧡 I’m glad you found the video inspiring!

  59. Cant wait to make

  60. Beautiful work Janelle! Keep it up 🥰

  61. Loving this dress! It looks adorable on you can’t wait to try it one day 😍

    1. I’m soo happy with how it turned out 😍

  62. Congrats on hitting 100k subscribers, Janelle! 🙂

    1. Thank you!! It’s soo exciting/crazy! 💕

  63. I Love it !!!!

    1. 🧡🧡

  64. Love your video but you go to fast specially when you were doing the skirt. Hard for beginners.

    1. Thanks for the feedback 😊 I have linked a video in the description where I go through the making process of the skirt part in a lot more detail if you wanted to check that out!

  65. My great grandmother used seersucker to make culottes and other clothing in the summer. She didn’t have air conditioning. I have some remnants of fabric she used and you can’t get stuff like that anymore today.

    1. @Rosery Apparel they aren’t much larger than a fat quarter. I plan on making a quilt since that’s what she did besides clothes. I make a lot of my own clothes too so I’ll use my remnants and add onto it since I’m the only one left who sees since my great gma died. Your tutorials remind me of what she would make because they’re easy and accessible. I enjoy your channel a lot because of that. :))

    2. It’s so hard to come by seersucker now isn’t it! I hope you can make something nice from the remnants 😊

  66. I am always excited to see your new videos. It’s like watching slice of life sewing videos basically. So calming.

    1. @Rosery Apparel I would like to give you slight context. I took 5 years of fashion. And despite not really needing any of the technical information in your videos, I am huge fan of them. They really are just wonderful to watch. What you’ve built for yourself so very similar to what I want, and that makes you a huge inspiration to me. Keep up the wonderful work.

    2. Aw thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy them 🥰

  67. Awwwwwwww. Haven’t even watched yet and it’s my favorite.. I’ll watch after the babies go to bed… Yippy. ❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍

    1. Aww thank you so much! I hope you like it 🧡

  68. Beautiful will definitely be making this.

    1. Have fun making it 😍

  69. Over all the dress is gr8. But it wud be better if the bodice top was a bite wider…so tht those ties are bit further away …

  70. Really cute dress ! Lovely fabric too! Might have to get around to making one. I really like the way you make straps. And scrunchies as well. The folding raw edges in method etc. It makes it so much easier than turning through all the time

    1. Helenasew yessss. I hate turning loops!

    2. Thank you! Yeah folding the edges is soo much quicker 😄

  71. Super cute! The top line of the bodice should be an inch or two wider, to prevent the wide shoulder straps from not laying flat. Either that, or make spaghetti straps instead.
    Or, angle the straps (at the point at which they meet the bodice), so they point out towards the shoulders more, as you attach them. Then they’d lay flat.
    Otherwise, this is a lovely dress! Looks great on you!

  72. LOVE the straps! I just finished making the Hazel dress a couple of days ago and was thinking a version with wider straps would be great! I’m also considering hacking it to add some sleeves…have you any tips? x

    1. @Rosery Apparel Genius! Thanks Janelle 🙂 x

    2. Aren’t they cute! I’ve seen some people add ruffles to the spaghetti straps to give the dress a cute capped sleeve look 😊

  73. You make sewing look so easy but I’m so scared to cut into every single fabric I have!! Any tips? 😅
    Love the dress and CONGRATULATIONS 🥳 🧡

    1. Practice runs on cheap Muslin or sheets from the second hand stores save your good fabric! Plus heaps of them end up super cute anyway!

    2. You have to start somewhere so my advice to you wd be…… Start with an easy pattern that says ‘Easy or Beginner’. Measure yourself properly two or three times. For your first endeavour do a ‘dummy’ run out of material you don’t care about that much…. Lining fabric for eg. Go to a sewing class, you will meet like minded folks there. Also, make your first project something easy like pj bottoms or loose fitting top. Follow all the instructions on the pattern and READ carefully. You will learn a lot from the pattern and also YOU TUBE. Good luck and HAVE FUN WITH COLOURS AND DIFFERENT FABRICS.

    3. Thank you soo much! 🧡 I know this feeling so well! When I’m nervous to cut into an amazing piece of fabric I always do a practice run first (usually with fabric from a thrifted bedsheet or something like that) 😊

    4. start with easy projects that you know you can complete. i’ve made the mistake of starting projects way outside of my knowledge base and skill level, and end up just stopping mid-way through the project and sometimes never finishing. start small and simple 👍

    5. Do a practice run on some fabric you dont care about

  74. Since I saw this top on your instagram feed, I was waiting for this notification like crazy! 😀 It’s such a lovely dress, I LOVE it!
    Keep up with your amazing job Janelle, you are such an inspiration for me! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment! That’s so nice to hear 🧡

  75. Beutiful …..
    Hello Im from indonesia…

  76. I was waiting for this one!! Thank you Janelle!!

    1. Yay! You’re welcome 😊🧡

  77. It looks really good your so talented

  78. It looks so pretty on you! ❤️

    1. Thank you so much! I’m really happy with how it turned out 🧡

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