DIY Tulle Skirt

12.04.2013



The ivory tulle skirt: the whimsical holiday skirt every girl dreams of adding to her wardrobe.

That is how I feel about tulle skirts. Ever since seeing the coveted tulle skirt in Anthropologie's winter collection last year, I'd been meaning to make one, and I finally mosied around to it with the the help of my mother when she came to visit and help out with Wesley's grand debut to the world (and Luke's impressive ballerina-esque twirling skills in this tulle skirt).

This DIY is the easy version for the sewing novice, because hey, zippers are scary and I really can only sew in a straight line. 

Materials:

10 yards of tulle in the color of your choice (I made mine with 5 layers)
Matching thread
Matching ribbon for the waistband (I used a 1 inch satin ribbon. Make sure yours doesn't have wire!)
Old or thrifted skirt that matches the color of your tulle for the lining
Sewing machine
Fabric scissors
Pins
Needle

Directions:

1) Cut out your five layers of tulle into circle skirts using this tutorial. Make sure you measure your desired length of the skirt from where the skirt will sit on your waist and keep your edges neat because you do not hem the tulle.

2) Lay all of your layers out on top of each other (the circle skirts should look like enormous donuts when laid out and stacked), pin them together, and then baste the waist together. Using your basting stitch, gather in the waist until it fits exactly with the waist of your thrifted/old skirt.

3) Pin your tulle skirt on top your thrifted skirt, making sure the waists of both are matching up. Cut a slit in your tulle skirt in the back where the zipper is on the thrifted skirt, making sure you only cut it to match the length of the zipper. Stitch your tulle skirt to your thrifted skirt, making sure your stitch is no more than a 1/2 inch from the top hem so your ribbon can fold over and cover all the raw edges and stitches.

4) Fold under the tulle along both sides of the zipper about a 1/4 inch so it looks neat, pin down, and hand stitch it to the thrifted skirt (make sure your zipper is open when you do this).

5) Taking your ribbon, fold it over the raw hem on top, pin down, and then stitch it all the way around.

6) Cut and hem your thrifted skirt to the length of your tulle.

Boom, you're done. Now you have a tulle skirt that cost you all of $15. It's a Merry Christmas, indeed. 

I will be sure to wear mine in an outfit post soon, when I escape the grips of a toddler covered in dirt and the projectile aim of a spitty newborn. It will happen (or so I've promised myself), but until then it's leggings and tunics for this mama!

4 comments:

  1. I LOVE this DIY! Probably one of my favorites ever. Totally going to try this!

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  2. I've been wanting a tulle skirt for 2 years and just can't seem to find one I like. Maybe it's time I made one!

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  3. I really like this project!! Looks super fun!
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