Tulle skirts never go out of style, and there are so many different ways to make them (here’s another no-sew version I did a while ago, here). I saw one of my favorite style bloggers (Atlantic-Pacific) rocking one in the fall and I knew I wanted to make one to wear with MY maroon sweater. With so much tulle at Mood fabrics to choose from, I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding something you like. A deep violet, pale pink, or a cream one like mine, tell me what color you’d like to get started making.
SUPPLIES: tulle (about 8 yards), silk lining, rotary cutter, elastic, straight pins, pattern (if you want, or I’ll show you how), and a straight edge/tape measure.
1. Double up your tulle and cut it to your desired waist-to-knee length. (Note: I did this step twice so I would have 4 layers in total).
2. Pin the 4 layers together at the fold so they are even.
3. Next, take the fold of the 4 layers and begin to gather them with your fingers and sew.
4. After that, take your silk and cut a full circle skirt out like I did here, for your lining. (Note: I made it longer than the yellow pattern I already had).
5. I don’t have a serger, so finished off the edges of the waist and hem of the lining.
6. Pull elastic a little snug around your waist to measure how much you’ll need, and pin it.
7. Now take that measured elastic and pull it down around your hips (because if you can’t get it over your hips, you won’t be able to get it on) and then slowly pin the layers of the lining and then the tulle beneath the band. (Note: I tried to do it 2/3’s of the way beneath the elastic consistently all the way around, so the skirt wouldn’t be uneven).
8. Sew elastic, silk, and tulle together towards the bottom of the elastic (you may even want to do a stitch at top too).
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