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  • How to Make a Tutu, a Tulle Skirt, and a Petticoat

    For today's post, I'm going to be highlighting three different types of tulle skirts, and going through exactly how to make them. Whether you need a princess costume, a classy dinner party, or something to built up your next gown, you'll be an expert in tulle in no time at all!

    1. Chic Tulle Circle Skirt


    Not every tulle skirt needs to be giant. For those days where you want something light and airy, a simple tulle circle skirt may be just what you're looking for.

    For this one above, I kept the color scheme classic:


    Begin by folding your satin in half one way and again the opposite way. You should end up with a double folded corner, like you see above.


    From that corner, you'll need to measure out and mark your radius (or, your waist measurement divided by 6.28). For a 28" waist, the radius above was about 4.5" Cut a quarter circle from your folded corner.


    I made this skirt about 22" in length, so the next step was to measure 22" from where I cut the radius, all around the quarter circle like the photo above.


    I repeated this 4 more times with the tulle, although I added about 1" to the tulle layers so they'd fall just slightly past the satin lining.


    To finish up, I stitched on a black elastic band for the waist. Since it didn't need to stretch too much to get over the hips, I stretched it while I sewed, rather than using a zig-zag stitch.


    The lining was finished with a simple rolled hem and the skirt was ready to be paired with a crop top and some cute heels!


    2. Knee-Length Petticoat


    If you tackled the circle skirt and want to step your tulle game up to the next level, try a basic petticoat! It can be as full or as long as you need it to be. Plus, you can wear it under another skirt or dress to give it more volume, or try it on its own with an adorable top!

    Things you'll need:

    This skirt is surprisingly similar to the previous circle skirt - with just a few more steps, and a lot more tulle. Still, it begins much the same way: circles! Cut 24 layers of tulle that same way it's explained in version #1, but this time double your radius. If you're using wide double-folded tulle like I did, you'll get 2 layers every time you cut, you you'll only need to cut 12 times!


    Here's where the process changes a bit - yokes.

    This skirt will end up being super full, so pinning and sewing all that tulle to a single elastic waistband would be next to impossible. To remedy this, you can make a small yoke (this one was about 8" tall), to attach most of your layers to. The top should be a little larger than your waist at the top, and slope down toward your hips with a seam on each side.


    Take 16 of your layers, and pin them to the bottom (wider end) of your yoke, gathering your tulle evenly.

    The other 8 layers will be attached to the top part of your yoke, hiding it. These 8 layers will be gathered much more than those underneath, since you doubled the radius and the yoke tapers up top.


    Now you need the tier along the bottom! This part is super simple. Cut strips of your tulle measuring 8" wide and sew them together until you have 2 that are each 16 yards long.


    Gather those to layers and pin them to the 8 layers attached to the top of your skirt. This can then be sew with either right or wrong sides together. I chose to put the seam allowance on the outside for a little detail.


    Attach your elastic the same way as you would for version #1, and you're all set to party!

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    3. No-Sew Tutu


    Nearly every girl dreams of bright pink, puffy skirts. So why not make one? This adorable no-sew tutu takes less than an hour and is easily customizable! Enjoy a full tutorial from Shavonne Cruz right here.

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    So tell us, which version will you be giving a try?

  • Fun and Easy DIY- How to Make a "No Sew" Ribbon and Tulle Tutu

    Need a break from your sewing machine? Here's a quick and easy no sewing needed DIY project, sure to brighten any little girl's day! This tulle tutu is perfect for dress up, play time, a princess theme birthday party or just because it's cute!


      Be sure to pick up these items from moodfabrics.com: First I measured my daughter's waist using the actual ribbon. Tie a bow in the back to the desired size and cut. I'm using 3 different colors of tulle for blended color effect. Cut each color tulle into long strips about 2-3" wide. (Cut to desired length when done)


    Once all of the strips are cut, you can start to loop each strip directly onto the ribbon using a simple slip knot. keep alternating colors as shown. Make sure to leave out some ribbon for the bow that will be tied at back.


    It should look like this when done!


    And that's it. Super simple and super cute! Enjoy.

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    *Best worn over skirt, dress, shorts or leggings*
  • Mood DIY: No-Sew Easter Basket Tutu


    Easter is coming up quickly this year, and if you're like me, you need some quick and easy ideas to fill those baskets -- and everyone loves a tutu. The best thing about tutus is they're hard to mess up, this one especially. So if you're new to crafting, don't be afraid to try it out! I decided to make a skirt for a small child, so you may need to adjust the sizes a little bit, but you'll mainly need:
    • Waistband ribbon (waist size + 24")
    • 2 yards of 3 colors of tulle
    • Scissors


    You'll need to cut the tulle into strips depending on how long you'll want the tutu. Since I made a short one, roughly 10", I cut the tulle into 4"x22" strips. However long you'd like the skirt, make sure the strips are double the length + 2".

    I experimented a bit with how many strips to tie onto the ribbon at a time, and it seems like 4 is the magic number. You can see in later photos where I used about 6 strips of green tulle, and the knots begins to get a little too chunky.


    To attach the strips to the ribbon, fold them in half to make a loop, and then pull the ends through and tighten the knot like in the above photos. And it's literally that simple!

    You'll need to continue this, while alternating colors, for the length of the waist. The more densely you pack the strips together on the ribbon, the fuller and fluffier the tutu!



    Once you've added enough tulle to make it all the way around the waist, tie it off with a bow and you're ready to gift it! Tie it around your child's Easter basket for extra cuteness!


  • International Fabrics - Ever Wonder Where the Best of Each Textile Originates?

    Ever wonder where in the world some of the best choice denim, knits, and jersey fabrics come from?  Thinking about a light silk or linen for the spring or summer and wonder where to get the best quality?  We have it all here at Mood FabricsMood purchases the best quality fabrics from the top mills across the world.  Below, I will give you more insight as to where the best quality fabrics originate.  Take a look at the international fabrics Mood has to offer you throughout many seasons.

    Mood Fabrics Carries Some of China's Best Silk...

    China is known for its production of the best silk around the world.  We also have China Silk or Habotai here at MoodHabotai or China Silk are interchangeable terms for the lightweight and fine, shimmery and semi-sheer, plainly woven silk incredibly sought after all over the world.  What makes China's silk the best?  It starts with a centuries old secret tradition of cultivating the perfect silk worms to produce the finest and longest filaments of silk while spinning their cocoons.  Then it continues with caring for the cocoons in order to successfully unravel the fiber, turning it into yarn, and weaving the luxurious fabrics we all love to wear in the spring.  Check out our fabric section on silk from China here, then order some delicious colors to create your prettiest spring cocktail dresses, skirts, and blouses.  Habotai can also be used as a lining for all types of weather gear, such as cozy wool pants, fuzzy jackets, and coats.

    "Habotai" or China Silk in Beetroot
    carven-wine-habotai-dress-product-2-10973639-424725676 Carven Purple Habotai Dress

    Mood Fabrics Also Carries Lightweight Wovens from Korea

    Although often known for fabric embroidery as used in traditional Korean Hanbok or Joseonot styles, Korean mills are trending the production of lightweight polyester and cotton blends to compete on the world stage.  Mood has a particularly cool metallic version of said fabric mixed with white and silver yarns reminiscent of that special quality seen in traditional Korean embroideries and jacquards.  Use this serene silvery fabric to steal the scene in a crisp blouse or formal occasion shirting.  Other light polyester and cotton blends reminiscent of this outstanding fabric can be found here.

    Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea
    Hanbok-pink-Jeogori-upper-garment Traditional Korean Hanbok - Pink Embroidered Jacket with Flowered Skirt

    Mood Fabrics Has a Large Selection of Japanese Denim, Shirting, Twill, Pima Cotton and Wool. 

    Use our novelty and fine Japanese denims, cottons, and wools to create crisp button-down shirts and soft jeans for a sweet everyday wardrobe.  What makes Japanese denim the best of the best, anyway?

    In Japan, denim is often made on older looms which produce variations in the weave.  These subtle variations make the denim interesting, strong, and rough to the touch giving it a better quality in the eyes of many enthusiasts.  In addition, the dyeing of Japanese denim is a unique process which creates beautiful hues intensely sought after by fashionistas and fashion designers alike.  Some even say, Japanese denim has the most character and is of the best quality because of these unique variations in weave and color only achieved by the inimitable Japanese weaving and dyeing processes.  Finally, most Japanese denims are heavyweight which is particularly appealing to those looking for extra warmth on a brisk day of walking or whatever outdoorsy activity you enjoy.  For more details on what makes Japanese denim great, check out an excellent article, "What makes Japanese Denim so Special?", here from Heddles.

    ProenzaSchoeler.JetBlackDenim Proenza Schouler Japanese Jet Black Stretch Cotton Denim
    JapanesePalaceDenim Japanese Palace Blue Stretch Cotton Denim
    ProenzaSchoulerDenimJacket Proenza Schouler Colorblocked Jean Jacket

    Japanese wool has had a big resurgence as of late marked by ongoing collaborations, such as "The Wool Lab and Cool Wool" between Woolmark and Japan Creation.  Japan also has a rich tradition of using wool for garments that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Here at Mood Fabrics we stock Japanese wool in cutting edge suiting fabrics that are sharp and on point.

    JapaneseWool.MarcJacobs.Mood Marc Jacobs Navy Japanese Wool Suiting
    JapaneseWoolDenim.MarcJacobs Marc Jacobs Denim Blue Japanese Wool Suiting
    Oak&RomaBlogMen'sSuit MAAS & STACKS Men's Japanese Wool Suit

    Japanese Cotton Twill, Shirtings, and Japanese Pima Cotton round out our offerings here at Mood Fabrics.  Similar to the fine quality of our Japanese denims and wool, these Japanese cotton fabrics are of the highest quality and softest feel.  Choose one for your next garment and make those workday doldrums fade away into a sea of beautiful browns, whites, greys and pinks with perky patterns of checks and stripes for whatever everyday style your heart desires.

    JapaneseTwill.Mood Steven Alan Medal Bronze Stretch Japanese Cotton Twill
    JapanesePlaidCotton.Mood Japanese Gray Checks Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePinkGrayStripes Japanese Pink Gray Striped Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePimaCotton Cloud White Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn
    J.Crew.JapaneseCottonShirt Secret Wash Japanese Cotton Shirt in Circular Dot Print from J.Crew
    Frank&Oak.JapaneseCotton.Checks Selvedge Japanese Cotton Shirt in Checks

    India is often know for its embroidered and beaded laces, brocades and jacquards.

    Mood Fabrics has some outstanding choices of intricately embellished beaded lace and satin jacquard material to assist you if you are planning a fabulous spring wedding and looking for a handmade beauty for that stunning wedding gown or bridesmaid's dress.  Many states in India develop their own fabrics with weaving, textile production and design considered a traditional family business.  An example of the superiority of Indian jacquards for instance is the famous Kanchipuram sari.  This state is known for producing wedding dress saris that are the most desired throughout India due to the traditional use of six twist threads as opposed to three twist threads in the weaves.  Jacquard looms abound throughout India in semi-automatic, automatic, and even in handlooms which can produce some of the most sought after jacquard patterns in beautiful silk and satin.  Take a look at what Mood Fabrics has to offer from this style of one of India’s most unique and popular fabric.  To learn more about these traditions tour around all the hotspots in India yourself with advice from this Travel and Leisure article, or just purchase what we offer here at Mood Fabrics.

    Most of Mood Fabricsbeaded lace offerings also travel a similar trajectory across this fantastical country of intricate fabric weaving traditions.  So channel Marchesa or your inner Naeem Kahn, the native Indian fashion designer, and use beaded lace combined with satin jacquard to create a beautifully glamorous gown for your own private red carpet moment.

    IndiaFloralSatinJacquard Light Beige and Ivory Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaSatinJacquard Lilac and Taupe Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaBeadedLaceIvory Ivory and Silver Floral Beaded Lace
    IndiaBeadedLaceOlive Olive Fancy Beaded Lace with Scalloped Edges
    Marchesa.BeadedLace Indian-Inspired Details in Marchesa Bridal Fashion
    IndianWeddingDress Pure Silk Pink Crystal Jacquard Lengha
    naeem-khan-25.BeadedLace Naeem Khan NY Fashion Week 2012

    Mood Has a Bevy of Italy's Finest Knits, Cotton, Linen, and Wool Fabrics.

    From the multifaceted country of Italy, fabrics made of cotton, linen, silk, and wool predominant the textile manufacture industry.  The creation of special knits and crochets especially is a mainstay.  Additionally, mills in Italy are on the cutting edge of knit fabric innovation by investing in new technology to create knit fabrics which mimic the feel and design of a woven.  These fabrics are called knit-weaves and can be made with patterns inlayed right into the knit.  Italy has been known for its production of linen and cotton for centuries.  Bergamo and Tuscany are two of the most famous cities where high quality cotton, linen, silk, and wool fabrics were manufactured and exported all around the world since the 19th Century.  We all know that legendary fashion houses such as Missoni and Gucci can work wonders with gorgeous knitted fabrics.  But with help from Mood, you can create your own treasured luxuries for transitioning to warmer spring weather.  Check out some of our cozy Italian fabric styles below before you go on your next nature hike.

    ItalyViscoseJerseyPrint Black/Bayberry Ornamental Abstract Viscose Jersey Panels
    MissoniJerseyPrint M by Missoni High Neck Jersey Dress
    309491 Italian White Creme Stretch Viscose Ribbed Knit
    ItalianBlendedLinenWoven Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven
    ItalianCottonNoveltyWoven Italian Lavendar and Ivory Cotton Novely Houndstooth Woven
    4collective-black-motif-houndstooth-knit-dress-black-product-1-263112332-normal 4.collective Houndstooth Knit Dress
    ItalianFlamestitchWoolKnit Italian Ivory & Green Multicolor Flamestitch Wool Knit
    missoni_violet_flame_stitch_wedge_boots_[M]20010914 Missoni Violet Flame Stitch Wedge Boots
    Italy.OpenWeaveWoolBlend Italian Black Open-Weave Wool-Blend Sweater
    Italian.CrochetKnit.WoolFleece Italian Sunset Purple Crochet Knit Backed By Wool Fleece Jersey
    ChloeSweater Chloe Chunky Knit Wool Sweater
    Italian.FlannelledWoolBlendTwill Italian Blue/Rosa Plaid Flanelled Wool Blended Twill
    Gucci-Glen-Plaid-Suit-01 Gucci Glen Plaid Wool Suit

    Mood offers wardrobe staples for the Spring that are Made in the USA.

    We offer light and sheer fabrics such as organza and tulle that can be worn by brides at the perfect Spring wedding.  Mood Fabrics also carries Supima cotton thermal and jersey knit and American made cotton fleece that can be used to create your basic white All-American Tees, sweatshirts with a pop of color, and snug pajamas.  All of which are a must for chilly nights or relaxing on brisk Spring days.  Supima cotton is superior pima cotton formed from extra-long staple cotton fibers 100% grown only in the U.S.  Extra long staple fibers that make up Supima cotton give the fabric an extra softness compared to other cottons.  In addition, the extra inch or three eighths of an inch that make up the fiber lengthwise gives Supima cotton superior strength and an incomparable fine quality.  Our cotton fleece is super soft and comes from the inimitable American designer Ralph Lauren.

    After a night of relaxing, create a beautiful gown wear out for a night on the town.  For the ultimate in glamorous dressing, create voluminous gowns using organza made by the king of glamour, designer Oscar de la Renta, or American Beauty nylon tulle, which is also American made.  Check out the examples below.

    OscardelaRenta.DustyBlue Oscar de la Renta Dusty Blue Silk Gauze
    AmericanBeauty.PinkTulle American Beauty Diamond Net Nylon Tulle
    oscar-de-la-renta-spring-2013-rtw-silk-organza-dress-profile Oscar de la Renta Silk Organza Dress
    RalphLauren.RedFleece Ralph Lauren American Made Red Cotton Knit Fleece
    SupimaCottonThermal Meteorite Black Supima Cotton Thermal
    SupimaCottonJerseyKnit Lunar Rock Supima Cotton Jersey Knit
    ralph-lauren-red-polo-big-and-tall-big-pony-beach-fleece-pullover-hoodie-product-1-16820936-0-085901386-normal Ralph Lauren Polo Fleece Pullover Hoodie

    Mood has Home Décor Fabrics from Turkey in Polyester Brocade, Damask, and Raised Vinyl.

    Our selection of home decor fabrics from Turkey continue the Turkish Tradition of expert weaving luscious materials such as silk and velvet into brocades and other highly textured textiles called Catmas, Kemha, Canfez, Burumcuk.  Catmas is a double-piled velvet fabric made with textured designs in the pile woven onto a background with plain weave.  This fabric was most famously woven in the town of Bursa.  Kemha are heavy silk brocade fabrics mostly made with metal threads woven in between the silk of the weft.  Canfez is silk muslin gauze with a patterned weave and Burumcuk is a fine-spun raw silk gauze.  Although some of the fabrics such as Kemha were used for the robes of royal Sultans, they were more often used for home furnishings such as rugs, pillows and draperies.  Update your new pad with a modern take on this luxurious Turkish tradition with all of our home decor selections here at Mood.  For more of a history on Turkish fabrics and designer fabric motifs check out some cool websites from ExploreTurkey.com and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

    TurkeyHomeDecorBrocade Denim Geometric Polyester Brocade
    TurkeyHomeDecorTexturedVinyl Turkish Espresso Textured Vinyl
    TurkeyHomeDecorVelvet Turkish Aqua Geometric Laser Cut Velvet
    TurkeyHomeDecorStripedVelvet Turkish Beige/Lush Striped Velvet
    TurkishSultanKemha Traditional Turkish Sultan's Kemha
    TurkishCanfez Traditional Turkish Canfez

    International Fabrics Give Any Sewing Project You're Working On that Special Something.

    So although now you know where the best of each textile comes from around the world, there is no need to book a flight just yet.  Head over to Mood Fabrics and pick up some of our international fabrics for your next sewing project.  We have the best quality from China, Korea, Japan, India, Italy, Turkey, the USA, and many more.  If your hoping to give your wardrobe or next home decor project an international flair, we've got you covered.  And when your friends stop to ask, "Where did you get that beautiful piece?"   Just tell them with a wink and a smile, "I made it from fabric that's made around the world, and I got it from Mood".

  • Mood DIY: Elastic Waist Skirt

    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. Elastic Waist Tulle Skirt 1 Elastic Waist Tulle Skirt 2 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. Elastic Waist Tulle Skirt 3 HOW-TO: 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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    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: No-Sew Tutu Skirt

    Wanna channel your inner ballerina....or maybe even Carrie Bradshaw? Well, I have a fun no-sew tutu that you can whip up in no time!  Go ahead, cater to your inner fashionista and grab some tulle and satin ribbon from Mood Fabrics, and you'll be ready in no time. Tell me what you think! No-Sew Tutu pink tulle Mood Fabrics No-Sew Tutu pink tulle Mood Fabrics No-Sew Tutu pink tulle Mood Fabrics No-Sew Tutu pink tulle Mood FabricsSUPPLIES:  Tulle (I used about 20 yards), scissors, 1/2 yard of jersey knit, needle and thread, 2 yards of satin ribbon, tape measure, and a rotary cutter. No-Sew Tutu pink tulle Mood Fabrics

    HOW-TO: 1. I wanted my skirt to be knee length, but folded in half the tulle was still too wide....so first I opted to stretch it out and cut off about 9 inches off the open end (not the folded side) all the way across. 2. After you do this....you are all ready to cut your folded tulle into 4-5 inch strips -- feel free to eyeball it.  (Note: I didn't know I'd need so much tulle. I first bought 8 yards and cut it up into strips, but wound up going back for about 14 more yards just to be safe). 3. Cut a piece of ribbon about 4 feet long and tie it around your mannequin (Note: Don't have a mannequin? No problem, just take a seat and stretch it around your knees). 4. Take each one of your strips and pull it up through your ribbon and mannequin to create a loop. 5. Pull the loose ends of the ribbon up through the loop you've created with the ribbon, and pull taught. 6. After you're done adding tulle, now it's time to create a faux skirt to go underneath.  (Note: I cut a piece of my jersey knit about 13 inches wide and 45 inches long).  Flip your tutu over and re-tie it to your mannequin, and begin stitching the "faux slip" to the waist band of the tutu. 7. I started my "faux slip" right at the ribbon closure, so I could end there as well.  Once, I got back around where I started, I hand stitched the "faux slip" only half way up the back-- that way I can get in and out of the skirt. Voila! You are all done, and didn't need your sewing machine at all.

    No-Sew TuTu 6 Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Full Circle Skirt

    Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 1 Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 2 Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 3 SUPPLIES: Iron, charmeuse from Mood Fabrics (about 2.5 yards), 2-inch elastic band from Mood Fabrics (depending on length of waist; I used about 2.5 feet), tape measure, pen, tulle from Mood Fabrics (about 3 yards) , straight pins, scissors, cardboard, and a sewing machine. Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 4

    HOW-TO: 1. Take your tape measure, pen, and card board to create your own pattern for your skirt. 2. Next, decide the length of your waist by using this equation (don't worry...it's simple): (waist length + 2 inches)/(6.28).  Note: For example, my equation was (25 + 2)/6.28 = 4.299.  Then starting at the corner of your cardboard, take that number (mine was about 4 1/3 inches) and measure it out from one edge, to the other. 3. Connect your dots. 4. Decide the length of your skirt (Mine was about 18 inches). Make sure you are cognizant of the width of your fabric, or you may wind up having to do what I did and tape some extra paper onto your cardboard to complete your pattern.  Measure the 18 inch (or whatever length you decide) line like you did in Step #2, from the line you previously created. 5. Cut out your triangle. 6. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again. 7. Place your cardboard pattern on top of your fabric (Note: in my picture, the fold is across the top, and down the left hand side). 8. Since the charmeuse is such a slippery fabric, it may help you to pin the cardboard pattern to the folded fabric. 9. Cut out the form -- this is what it looks like when you are finished. 10. Now that you've cut your skirt out, you don't need that original pattern, so you can now use the cardboard cut out to create the pattern for the tulle skirt.  (Note: in my picture I cut off about 2 inches, but wound up only needing one. So, my tulle skirt pattern was 17 inches).

    Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 4A

    HOW-TO CONT'D: 11. Fold your tulle in half, and then half again, like you did in Step #6. 12. Remember, the folds in the picture are down the left side, and across the top. Cut out the form (Remember, this time it's 17 inches in length). 13. It will look like this once you've cut it out....I individually cut out 6 of them. 14. Lay all 6 forms out on top of each other, being careful to line up the middle circle as best as you can. 15. Using straight pins to secure the form at its north, south, east, and west points. 16. Lay your 6 tulle forms on the sewing machine, and sew one continuous stitch around the top of the waist. 17. It will look like this once you are done sewing. 18. Cut out a piece of elastic the length of your waist plus 2.5 inches (so you can get it over your hips). 19. I want the flat side exposed, so turn the elastic right sides together, and stitch it. 20. Iron a 1/4 seam allowance all the way around. 21. Sew the hem. 22. Now, take the waist of your skirt, and your elastic band (right sides out) and secure the skirt to the inside of the elastic. I pinned it initially in 4 spots -- the north, south, east, and west points.  After pinning these four points, I then added more pins all the way around the waist band. 23. Sew the band to the skirt....and you're all set!

    Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 4B I seemed to have attracted a little fan in the park during my shoot who told me she really liked my skirt. Her name was Alexis, and the following day was her birthday, so I thought it only befitting to include her :) Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 5A Full Circle Skirt with Tulle 6

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

    Unfortunately, Mood Fabrics is now sold out of this beautiful sailboat charmeuse, but take a look at these other great prints they have to offer!

    Watercolor Clouds Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse
    Mulberry Roses Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse
    Abstract Geometric Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse
    Burnt Orange Kaleidoscope Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse

  • Halloween Contest Entry #68

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume was made with square gold sequin on tulle, round black sequin on tulle, Black Satin, and colored satin ribbon.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #65

    Kristine K's Halloween Costume

    Kristine K's Halloween Costume

    Kristine K's Halloween Costume was made with tulle and marabou.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #62

    Ellen T (center) Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games Costume

    Ellen T (center) Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games Costume

    Ellen T made the tutu and sash with yellow and red tulle, Purple netting and pink and purple elastic bands.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
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