I have been wanting a tulle skirt for the longest time. I love the tulle skirts with the decorative elastic waistbands. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to recreate that! I saw some really fun gold elastic at JoAnne’s one day so I snatched it up. I paired some cream tulle and cream fabric with the gold band. I may or may not have twirled a few times in this skirt. I decided I may have missed my calling as a ballerina princess :0. All kidding aside, this skirt was so easy to make I decided to make a tutorial for it!
What you will need:
I didn’t include how many yards to buy because it will vary from person to person. You can easily figure it out once you know measurements for your skirt.
First decide how long you will want it and write it down.
Next measure your waist and record that. You will want to buy elastic that long (or longer if you buy it in a pack).
Next measure your hips at the fullest point. Divide this measurement by 3.14 and again by 2. For example my hips are 39″. 39/3.14=12.42 12.42/2=6.2″.
To determine how much fabric to buy you will take the desired length x2 plus your hip measurement (after divided by 3.14 and again by 2). My desired length was 24″. 24×2+6.2=54.2″. A yard is 36″ so for the solid fabric I needed around 1 3/4 yard of fabric. I like to buy a little extra to factor in shrinkage. You need to factor in how wide your fabric is. The skirt will be cut on the fold so your length doubled needs to be less than the width of the fabric. For mine if I wanted to cut on the fold, I needed 54″ wide fabric. In my case, if I used 42″ wide fabric, I would have needed to buy double the yardage and cut the skirt not on the fold. Either way works, you just need to take that into account when deciding how much yardage to purchase.
You can buy the same amount of tulle as the main fabric, or if you want a really poufy skirt, buy more tulle and add more layers. With each added layer add onto your yardage requirement. For reference I used a single layer of tulle. I originally made it with two layers and cut off one because I didn’t love the end result. When I make another one I will try it will maybe 4 layers, 2 seemed like a random number. Not poufy enough, and stuck out weird.
Now that we have decided how much yardage to buy onto the tutorial!
Step 1: Take your calculated hip measurement from above an use it to mark where your hips will go. Do this by placing your measuring tape in the center and rotating it around the half circle, marking that measurement (6.2″ for mine) as you go. Next place your measuring tape again in the center and mark your finished garment length again in a half circle marking as you go. This will form the skirt pattern. Either mark directly onto the fabric with a disappearing pen, or mark on tracing paper to make your pattern. Cut it out.
Step 2: Cut out your main fabric on the fold if possible. If you cut on the fold you will need one. If you can’t cut on the fold because your fabric isn’t wide enough, simply cut two half pieces.
Step 3: Using the pattern or your previously cut skirt, cut out desired amount of tulle. You can go as little as one, or as many as 5+. Follow the same directions as step 2.
Step 4: If you were not able to cut on the fold, lay the half skirt pieces right sides together and sew raw edges. Repeat with tulle pieces.
Step 5. Pin tulle pieces to main fabric piece around hip opening. Run a basting stitch (longest stitch length without backstitching) around the opening, connecting all pieces. Gather opening to be the size of your actual hip measurement.
Step 6: Serge the top opening without cutting any fabric off.
Step 7: Cut your elastic to be 1″ shorter than your waist measurement. Sew short ends of elastic together. I like to open the seam allowance and stitch it in place. Next quarter the elastic and skirt opening into four equals.
Step 8: Lay the elastic on the skirt right side up so it just covers the serger thread. Match up the pins in the elastic to the pins on the skirt. Using a longer stitch length on the sewing sewing machine. Stitch the elastic to the skirt. You will need to gently pull the elastic as you sew to match up the pins. I find it helpful to stretch the elastic with one hand while gently pulling on the elastic behind the pressure foot with the other to guide it through nicer.
You are all done with your tulle skirt! Once you get past all the math it’s a breeze 😉 I would love to see your creations! Use #theruffledstitch on social media so I can see how your skirt turns out!