Holiday Season is almost here... Bring on the sequins & sparkle!
My day planner is quickly filling up with holiday events and parties galore. All I can think about is, what should I wear?! In an attempt to bring something new to the table - and my closet - I thought I'd whip up a tulle skirt a la Carrie Bradshaw. In this case though, I like my money in my bank account, not hanging in my closet. Hello, DIY!
This DIY is absolutely do-able for even the greenest of beginner sewers!
I made my skirt to be about knee length, but you can also make it longer - midi skirts are also so on trend right now. The best part about this DIY is that these skirts sell for $100+ but you can make it yourself for a fraction of that. At around $25-30, you'll have leftover money to spoil your honey!
| Supplies |
***7.5 meters of tulle (54" width) - I chose a pretty light peach coloured tulle
1.5 meters of lining - I chose a light coloured thin polyester knit fabric (knit = no hemming!)
elastic band (approx 1 inch thick)
zipper - I used a light pink zipper 7in/18cm long
coloured chalk (to mark where to make your cuts)
***Have the sweet staff member at your fabric store cut your 7.5m of tulle into 1.5m lengths. This will make your life easier. Trust me.
| Step 1 |
Start with your 1.5m of lining fabric. Starting with it all laid out flat, fold in half lengthwise, and then in half again, so that you essentially have it folded into 4 quarters and if unfolded it would resemble a large square.
| Step 2 |
Measure your hips. Divide that number by 6.28 in order to get the measurement for the waist/opening of the skirt. Now take that magic number and measure on the folded edge, down from the corner (which is actually the middle of the waist opening that you will cut out, leaving you with the circle where your waist will go) and mark this spot. Now swing your measuring tape from the corner, along in a radius/"pie shape", marking this measurement in increments as you go. (you will cut along this line for the waist opening)
| Step 3 |
Snippity snip! Cut along that line and discard the remnant.
Now measure from the cut line down the length of the fold to your desired skirt length. (Have someone take your measuring tape and measure the distance from your natural waist, down to your knee or lower - whatever your desired length) Once you have this point, measure along in the same radial motion as you did for the waist cut out, and mark in increments. Then cut along this line and discard the remnants.
| Step 4 |
Keep your lining fabric folded after cutting and use this as a template for cutting the tulle.
***This is where it will come in handy to have your tulle pre-cut into 1.5m pieces.
Each 1.5m piece will be one layer of the skirt. See Step 1 to fold the tulle into the same shape as your lining. Lay the lining fabric on top of the tulle. (Work on one piece at a time, not all 5 pieces at once) Draw yourself lines or dots with the chalk, right along the edge of the lining fabric sitting on top of the tulle. Snippity snip! Repeat this step until you have 5 layers of tulle, all cut to the same shape as the lining.
| Step 5 |
Now you can open up each layer of tulle and lay it out evenly on top of each other so that the cut-out opening in the middle is all lined up. Take your straight pins and go around pinning the waists together as evenly as you can. You're going to do a basting stitch through all of the layers at the waistline to join them all together.
| Step 6 |
Take your elastic band and measure it around your natural waist. Don't pull it tightly, you'll need it to give a little. Cut it where you feel comfortable, and then stitch the ends together (I used a zig-zag stitch and reinforced it a lot to keep it secure). Next you'll sew the lining fabric onto the elastic band. Use a zig-zag stitch to do this as well. I gathered my lining in random spots along the way just by creating a tiny fold in lining fabric and stitching over it.
| Step 7 |
Once you have done that you should have something that resembles a plain old circle skirt. Of course now is when you add the fluffy tulle to make it look fab! For this part, I put the skirt on my dress form and then slipped the tulle over top. It sits lower on the form because the tulle is not yet joined to the elastic and therefore the waist opening is much bigger than the gathered lining to elastic. Here's where you can pull gently on the threads from the basting stitch in the tulle to gather and tighten it evenly all around until it matches up to the elastic band. Pin it all the way around. Then you can sew the layers of tulle to your elastic! (Stick with the zig-zag stitch)
| Step 8 |
You may want to try the skirt on at this point, but the reality is that you probably wont be able to stretch the elastic enough to fit it over your shoulders. Enter pretty little pink zipper!
Installing a zipper is super easy. There are many video tutorials via youtube that show just how easy it is. Basically... turn the skirt inside out, then you're going to cut through the elastic and side of the skirt to the same length as the zipper. Don't be afraid! I know this seems scary but stay with me here! Fold back about one centimeter of the layers on each side and pin temporarily. Open the zipper so that you have two separate pieces. Place the zipper face down and line one side of the open zipper up with one side of the folded fabric. Pin together as evenly as possible making sure that you've pinned and attached through each piece of tulle. Do the same on the other side. Once both sides are pinned then you should be able to see how they will fit together evenly once the zipper is attached. Do a straight stitch down one side of the fabric + zipper, then again on the other side, making sure to turn the skirt when you get to the bottom so that you'll have a straight stitch squared off along the bottom of the zipper, and then go back up the other side. Honestly, if you make a mistake, you can always always always go back and fix it. A seam ripper can be your best friend.
| Step 9 |
Once the zipper is installed and you have trimmed all of the excess threads, try it on!
Also, you may trim any excess fabric along the edge of the skirt, but I wouldn't be too picky- tulle is so forgiving and moves so nicely that no one would notice any uneven edges. Plus, it doesn't fray. Hooray!!!
| Step 10 |
Ta-DA! With a little trial + error, you have made your very own tulle skirt!