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How to Make the Perfect Tulle Party Skirt (The Easy Way)

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Ever wanted to try your hand at making a beautiful and stylish tulle skirt that's perfect for parties? In this tutorial, I'll show you the easy way to whip up a gorgeous tulle skirt of your very own. It's so quick and simple, even a beginner can try their hand at this tutorial.


Supplies

supplies
  • 6 yards (6 metres) tulle fabric (I used a gorgeous black tulle with polka dots)
  • At least 1 yard (1 metre) of lining fabric
  • At least 1 yard (1 metre) of elastic tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing thread

1. Take Your Measurements

Measure around your waist, or where you would like the tulle skirt to sit. Write this measurement down.

measure-waist

2. Prepare the Tulle

Step 1

Cut your tulle into one yard (one metre) sections. You should have six pieces of one metre tulle.

cut-tulle

Step 2

Place two pieces of tulle together so that the top raw edges are aligned. Starting 1in (1.5cm) from the right side, fold five-eighths of an inch (1cm) of fabric to form a pleat. Pin this in place.

Continue along the top edge, folding and pinning until you reach the end of the top edge. At this point, check that the width of the tulle is as wide as your waist measurement, plus 2in (3cm).

pin-and-fold-tulle

Step 3

Sew along the top edge of the skirt. Sew five-eighths of an inch (1cm) from the top edge.

sew-tulle-layers

Step 4

Fold the tulle in half so that the raw edges of the side seams are aligned. Pin and sew using a 1in (1.5cm) seam allowance.

Repeat steps 1 to 4 with the other four layers of tulle.

pin and sew tulle side seams

3. Prepare the Lining

Step 1

Cut the lining one yard (1m) by 25in (63cm).

cut lining

Step 2

Fold the lining fabric in half, right sides together. Pin and sew using a 1in (1.5cm) seam allowance.

pin and sew lining side seam

Step 3

Fold the bottom edge of the skirt up by 1in. Press with an iron.

Fold the edge again by 1in. Press again.

fold and press hem

Step 4

Sew along the top edge of the folded hem. Sew as close to the folded edge as you can.

sew hem

4. Prepare the Elastic

Step 1

Cut the elastic to your waist measurement plus 1in (1.5cm).

cut elastic

Step 2

Overlap two ends of the elastic to make a circle. Overlap the ends by 1in (1.5cm). Sew the elastic using a zig-zag stitch.

sew elastic

5. Assemble the Skirt

Step 1

Place the elastic inside one of the double layers of tulle, with the right side facing in. Pin and sew in place using a zig-zag stitch.

Place the next double layer of tulle around the outside of the previous tulle layer (the previous layer should be on the inside). Pin and sew in place. Repeat for the last layer of tulle.

pin tulle to elastic

Step 2

Place lining around the outside tulle layers (all of the previous layers should be on the inside). Pin, folding the lining fabric occasionally to make the lining fit the elastic. Sew in place using a zig-zag stitch.

pin lining to elastic

Step 3

Trim the bottom edges of the skirt so they are all the same length.

trim hem

Wear Your Skirt

And you’re finished. Well done! Now you just need to find a party (or two) and strut your stuff.

Tulle Skirt Tutorial

Do you like making your own clothing? How did you find this tutorial? Let us know in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you.

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