Ruffles galore! One of the hottest runway trends, translated into this gorgeous feminine silhouette. The Yarrow Dress features flounce sleeves, a high ruffled neckline, and a tiered ruffled skirt. This dress is the perfect choice for a wedding, a baptism, or just a gorgeous day out in the park! We used cotton voile to make our version, but this dress can certainly be made out of a variety of fabrics such as crepe de chine, lightweight suiting, linen or any other lightweight woven fabric of your choosing.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards of Mood Exclusive Wild Lantana Cotton Voile
- 1.5 yards of Fair Orchid Acetate Lining
- 1 spool of 20 White 1000m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- 1 552 Orchid 24″ Invisible Zipper
- 1/2 yard of Off-White Weft Fusible Interfacing
- MDF075 – The Yarrow Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Once all your pattern pieces are cut out and your notches and darts have been properly marked, begin by closing the darts on your back bodice panels.
Next, using your notches as your guide, make a basting stitch on the top of your front bodice pattern. Create even gathers to close up the neckline a bit, but don’t worry about it being perfect yet, we will re-visit this area when we are attaching the dress collar.
Align the side seams of the front and back panels and sew them together. Do the same for the shoulder seam.
Now let’s work on the collar! Begin by adding fusible interfacing to at least one of the collar pieces for stability.
Next, fold your neck ruffle piece down, then baste the entire bottom length to match the length of the collar. Now, sandwich the gathered ruffle piece in between the collar pieces and pin.
Sew the piece closed.
Now it’s time to attach the collar to the bodice. Starting from the outside corners and working your way in, pin the collar into place. Now you will be able to fine-tune the basting stitch on the front bodice so that it coincides with the size of the collar.
Sew one side of the collar into place.
Leave the collar open for now, we will come back to this when it’s time to attach the lining. Time to work on the skirt! Begin by connecting the Front Top Skirt piece to the back pieces at the side seams to create one long piece. Make a basting stitch across the top of the piece and gather it to match the width of the open bottom of the bodice. Pin, then sew.
Connect the top skirt pieces at the center back but only close it about 5″ inches up from the bottom. Now, connect the 2 Bottom Skirt pieces at the side seams. Baste the top of the bottom skirt and then attach it to the top skirt piece being sure to evenly distribute the fullness. Your dress is almost complete! Let’ move on to the lining.
Close the darts on the front and back pieces then attach the front panel to the back panels at the side seams and the shoulders. Close the center back from the bottom up about 6 inches. Now, slip the lining into the dress so that the raw edges are hidden in between the two layers of fabric.
Match the seams of the lining with the dress seams at the neck, shoulder and side seams. Pin the collar down to conceal the raw edges and sandwich in the neck of the lining into place. Almost done! Now we will connect our sleeve pieces together, baste and gather the lower sleeve and connect it to the upper sleeve using a French seam.
Now again, using a French seam, close the sleeve.
Time to attach the sleeve to the dress! Treat the lining and outside fabric as one piece and connect the sleeve to the dress using a french seam.
Complete your dress by inserting an invisible zipper into the center back, adding hook and eye at the collar and hemming the skirt, lining, and sleeves.
Your dress is now complete. We can’t wait to see how you make this pattern your own! Tell us what fabrics you choose to make yours in the comments below!