I have purposely avoided making a garment for anyone other than myself, for many reasons. I don’t feel like I’m ‘there‘ yet. I’m happy with each piece I’ve made for myself thus far, but if you ask anyone that sews, they know all of the flaws their pieces have. I like to take my time on making some thing for that reason.
My husband has very graciously tasked me with making something special for my bonus baby’s upcoming birthday. Immediately, I’m thinking along the lines of ‘what have I made myself, that would look good on an 11 year old’? Fast forward through the brainstorming, she tells me she wants a puffy dress or skirt. My first thought was a tulle skirt. Not a tutu, but an actual tulle skirt if there’s a difference… I’ve seen a lot of traffic from DIY bloggers making these in recent months, so I hit up Pinterest for tutorials and eventually found this one from CheapButChic1 on YouTube. This video became my Bible for making this skirt! I followed this tutorial to a ‘T’ with some minor adjustments, listed below.
Materials used (all purchased at JoAnn’s):
5 Yards of Net
10 Yards of Tulle
1/2 Yard of lining fabric
1/2 Yard of silk for band + interfacing from my stash
1 in elastic, the length of the waist measurement + another 1 inch in length
Measurements: 25 in waist, 16 in length
As mentioned, I followed the steps in the tutorial and when making the lining I cut the length of the lining fabric to about 10 in, from the intended 16 in for the skirt. The lining came together pretty quickly. [Not a valid template] Next step was making the net pieces. After some trial and error, I decided to layer the net/tulle for each main layer of the skirt vs CheapButChic1’s video. [Not a valid template] I tried it her way and my skirt didn’t have enough flare, even after 10 layers of net under 20 layers of tulle. My tulle fabric, found at Joann’s for $1.49/yd, is extremely thin so this sounds thick but it’s not.
I ended up making 5 separate layers of the net/tulle combo, using the video as a guide. Right before combining all layers, I pinned them together and noticed that the skirt still wasn’t flared out like I knew she wanted it to be. Thankfully my husband is always good getting me to think through things. Instead of moving forward and layering on top of each layer, I took 2 sets of net/tulle layers, basted those together (one on top of the other) and then attached them at the side seams doubling the width of the skirt. I attached the elastic and added pleats. Next, I attached the lining skirt. Adding the extra width to the skirt allowed the skirt to flare out, just like I wanted. (Big WIN!)[Not a valid template]
My thoughts on the video tutorial – I love and appreciate all of the detail that she put into this tutorial. She really walks you through the process and gives you the pros/cons about what to expect. Tulle is not an easy fabric to sew with and this video definitely helps you through the process. The thing I like the most, aside from the hidden zipper, is the fact that there is no pattern used to make this skirt. You start from scratch and finish with your masterpiece! Using patterns takes so much cutting time in the beginning and can sometimes over complicate things.
Disclaimer for newbies – give yourself ample time to make this your 1st go round. You’ll need it! It will be a VERY long time before I voluntarily pick up some tulle and plan on sewing it. 🙂
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