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Friday, July 29, 2011

Tiered Skirt with Tulle

We'll be attending my little brother's wedding next month (yay!) so I made new skirts for my girls to wear.  After poking around online, I decided I wanted to use this tutorial as the basis for what I'd do. 

At Joann's I walked past the tulle and there was some in the same gray color as the fabric I'd picked.  I knew I had to use it in the skirt somehow, so here's what I did.

I bought 1 1/2 yards of gray fabric and was able to get both girls skirts out of it.

I didn't measure everything at the beginning, I just kind of checked  as I went along.  Here are the measurements of all the strips for both skirts.  You can see there was no equation for figuring things out, though each layer is approximately 1.5 times the length of the previous one.

Meagan's (size 5)
29x5 inches
42 x 5 inches  Tulle--42 x 6 inches
66 x 5 inches  
finished length 12 inches

Emily's (size 7)
37 x 6 inches
57 x 6 inches  Tulle 57 x 6 inches
85 x 6 inches
finished length 14 inches

I started with the top band so I could fit the fabric and elastic just right around each girl.  I made a casing for the elastic (I used 1/2 inch) and used the elastic as a guide to make sure the casing was wide enough.  Nothing is worse than trying to thread elastic through a casing that's a bit too small!

I like to pin the end of the elastic so I won't accidentally pull it all the way through.  
 After it's all in and the opening has been closed, I spread the elastic out evenly and tacked it down in a couple of places to keep it from shifting or twisting.

With the second band, I basted across the top and gathered enough so it would fit the bottom of the first band.  For the tulle layer, I wanted it a little bit longer than the actual fabric of that band so that strip was cut an inch wider. 

To attach your tulle, sew the ends together to make a loop, just like with each fabric layer (I read a tip that you can put a layer of tissue paper under the tulle to give it more stability while you're sewing--then you just pull it off later, but I didn't do that and it sewed just fine)  Baste stitch across the top and gather, just like I did for the regular fabric.   Pin the right sides of top band and middle band together with the tulle sandwiched between--this makes sure the tulle is on the outside of the skirt!

Baste, gather and attach your third band to the bottom of the second.  I had to keep checking that the tulle was pulled out of the way so it wouldn't get caught in the stitches.

I hemmed last so I could check the length on each girl while they had it on.  I ended up just doing about 1/4 inch folded twice to do the hem.

I also did a zigzag stitch on all the raw edges inside the skirt.

And here's the result.

You'll have to wait for another post to see the whole outfit together, but I'm super proud of how these turned out.  Thanks for looking!

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  1. Very cute idea! Tulle is great for little girls clothes!

  2. I love this! I love how the tulle isn't totally overwhelming, it is a very pretty accent to a very pretty skirt! Well done, thanks so much for partying along with me. :)

  3. So cute!
    P.S. Visiting from creation corner.

  4. Cute!!!! This is so pretty!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

    Here’s the link if you’re interested:www.familyeverafter.blogspot.com

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

  5. Those are very cute. At least your girls are still little and it doesn't take much to make them something. I'm not looking forward to making prom dresses next year.

  6. Cute! I can't wait to see your girls modeling them.

  7. LOVE this! You did a really wonderful job!

  8. That's way cute! And, um, your brother is getting married???? Which one?!?!? Where and when?

    You are just so, so crafty. Whenever I craft it looks like a two-year-old did it. I love every single thing that I see on your blog.

  9. So cute! My oldest had the cutest skirt that was just like this & go figure- the 1st time wearing it- it got ruined! It was a clearance item so we couldn't repurchase. BUT!! Now I can just make it!! Thanks for the great post! I'm your newest follower from "Make with Love" Blog Hop. Hope you can stop by sometime!

  10. I love this! I love how you have the tulle peeking out of the bottom of the skirt, nice touch.

  11. This is so cute! My girls would love this!

    I would love for you to come share at Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party!

  12. this is such a cute and easy way to create a fun wardrobe.
    I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
    Have a great week,

  13. So cute. My daughter would love the tulle. She likes to wear tutus under her dresses.