Monday, June 27, 2011

Tulle Skirt

We have several 4th of July parties, get-togethers, and activities planned in the next week. What better time to make a fun holiday skirt for an excited little girl.

I got my idea from Gymboree, but they don't have the skirt online any more. This picture gives you the idea.

These measurements are for my 3 year old. Change measurements as needed for your special little gal.

You will need:

1.5 yards of tulle
1 yard of polyester satin for the slip
18 inch of 1.5 inch elastic or whatever waist size your little one is
9  11.5 inches of ribbon or the length of skirt

1. Burn the ends of the ribbon so that they won't fray.

2. Cut 3 strips of tulle that measure to 11.5 inches (The length of the skirt) by 54 inches (1 1/2 yards) (the waist line times 3).

Tip- The most important thing when making tulle skirts is to take your time cutting the tulle. Make sure that it is measured correctly. This will make the rest of the skirt super easy to make.

3. Lay out 1 layer of tulle and place your 9 pieces of ribbon on it spacing them however you want and pin and sew down.

4. Sandwich your piece of tulle with the ribbon on it with the plain piece of tulle on top and the third piece of tulle at the bottom. Line these up and pin them in place.

5. Sew your 3 pieces of tulle together on the top side.

6. Gather the top of your tulle so that it is 22 inches long or 4 inches larger than your waist band measurement.

7. Sew the two tulle ends together giving you your circle skirt.

8. Cut your slip to measures 11.5 inches (length of the skirt) by 36 inches (1 yard) (I used one yard because that was what I had, there was no math involved on this one).

9. There are two ways to put the slip together. If you have a serger, serge the bottom and top of the slip and then tuck them under, giving you a hem. If you don't have a serger, make a double folded hem on both ends.

10. Gather the slip so that it is 22 inches long or four inches larger than your waist band.

11. Sew slip ends together.

12. Combine your tulle and your slip, pin and sew together. Seems facing inside on both the tulle and slip.

13. Take your elastic and sew it together giving you a circle waist band elastic.

14. Pin your slip and tulle skirt to the elastic. Base the two together and then go back and make some pretty stitches to finish it up.

Tip: Pull on your elastic behind your sewing foot, pulling away from you and your other hand pulling towards you while sewing the skirt and elastic together. This will make it so that the elastic is stretchy so that it makes it easier for your little one to put it on.

Your skirt is done and it took less than an hour. So cute!

The ribbon hair bow I made a while back matches just perfectly.

I am not quite done with the matching top but here is just a peek.


Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

ADORABLE! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!

Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts said...

Okay this skirt is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E! Oh my gosh, cutest idea! Those are super pricey to if you buy them in the store! I did a really easy dress/shirt do-over that I posted today if you want to check it out since you sew....
I'd love for you to check it out!
I found your blog through Craft-O-Maniac, have a great day! Keep sewing :)