Back in December, I had the brilliant idea to make a green tulle skirt for the Green Party at Alt Summit.
Of course, then I did nothing about that great idea and finally ended up buying fabric for the skirt in Las Vegas (when I mentioned this to Merrick, she said, “Are you going to make Mom sew it?” to which I replied, “NO! . . . maybe.”).
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It’s a really simple skirt, but the tulle skirt tutorial I used was so unbelievably convoluted that both of my parents and I stood around the laptop reading instructions over and over, trying to figure out WHAT in the world was going on. It was kind of like working on those tedious high school projects all over again.
No need for all that baloney. It’s totally easy enough to make without the aid of your parents (although, to be honest, I did let my mom do a lot of the sewing (meaning – she sewed two of the four seams – this tulle skirt really is that easy)).
The other good thing is that tulle is super-forgiving. I’m considering making one for Ella, because what’s the point of having little girls if you can’t make them little tulle skirts?
To make your own tulle skirt, you’ll need:
- To do some math first. But easy math! You basically need two numbers here:
- Length. First, how long you want your skirt to be (measure from your waist to your knee (or wherever you want your skirt to fall to) and add 1 inch).
- Waist Radius. Second, the radius of your waist. Measure your waist and then divide that number by 3.14. Divide it again by 2. Done.
- Add the first number (length) to your second number (waist radius).
- Soft Tulle. If your final number (length+waist radius) is 27 or less, you’ll need about 6 yards (54″ inches wide – if you can’t find 54″ inch wide fabric, you’ll need to buy 12 yards). If your final number is more than 27, you’ll need about 12 yards.
- Lining in a color that matches your tulle (A knit is better because it won’t be as staticky, but I ignored this advice because I could only find something silky that matched my tulle color). You’ll want your waist measurement (the full circumference of your waist (25 or more inches) multiplied by 1.5. (So if your waist is 28 inches, you’ll want 42 inches of fabric).
- Elastic (I used black). Enough to fit snugly around your waist, plus 1 inch for overlap.
- Yard stick
- Sewing Machine
- A big piece of butcher paper (optional)