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How To Make A Tulle Skirt

6 June 2016
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Khloe Sanders
Khloe Sanders

In this tutorial we will teach you how to combine several methods to make a perfect tulle skirt!

Materials:

  • 3,2-3,65 m/10. 4-11.8 feet x 2,75 m/8.9 feet of tulle;
  • 1.8 m (5.8 feet) x 1.15 m (3.7 feet) of satin for the lining;
  • 7.5 cm (3 inches) of wide elastic to fit around your waist + allowance for seams.
  • *allowance for seams is 1.25 cm (0.5 inches).

Steps of sewing the tulle skirt:

1. The width of tulle will fit your waist diameter. You just need to cut four pieces of fabric of desired length. For example, we’ve taken four pieces of fabric of 69 x 2,75m/2, 2 x 8,9 feet (the woman on the photo is 168m/5,4 feet high, the skirt is below her knees. Choose a desired length for your skirt yourself).

2. Cut a piece of satin lining of the same length + a couple of inches for hem and the width of your hips + approximately 25 cm (10 inches).

3. Sew short sides of each layer of tulle and the lining together. Serger seam is ideal for this purpose, but if you don't have it, you can use the French seam to make the edges of the skirt look neat. (We’ll speak on the French seam in the next article.).

4. Connect all layers of skirt together reverse side inside. This is the most complicated part of this tutorial, because it's hard to lay evenly tulle layers one on another, but be patient, and everything will be OK!

5. Now, when all the parts are put together, make even folds of tulle making it the same width as the lining. The best way is to start making folds from the opposite sides. It will take you some time. Don't worry if the folds are not perfect, this will not be visible when the skirt is finished.

6. Pin the tulle and the lining together.

7. Wrap an elastic around your waist and add 1.25 cm (0.5 inches) for a seam allowance. Tulle skirts tend to be high waisted skirts so keep that in mind when taking your measurements. Sew the ends of the elastic together, as shown on the photo.

8. Fold seam allowances (it’s approximately 6 mm) on each side.

9. Pin the half, the quarter and the eighth part of the top part of the skirt and the elastic’s diameter. Make sure to center your back seam (you can choose whether to put it in the back or on the side of the skirt), attach the waistband to the skirt following your marks. The skirt is wider than the waistband.

10. Next, stretch the elastic while making zigzag seams to sew the waistband.

11. Remove all threads which can be seen from the front side.

12. Fold the bottom of the lining to the same length as the tulle, or approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) shorter, if necessary. Fold over the bottom 1,25 cm (1 inch) of the edge of the skirt and iron it. Then fold it over again, and sew it using a hemstitch.

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