Sometimes in my dreams I am a lady of the King’s court. Which King? Any King. I just want to wear the dresses and bodices, dance, drink and be merry. I may watch far too much of The Tutors. However my inner Lady of the Court was awoken when I stumbled on this lovely gem on Etsy.
For some a $400 skirt, given the right occasion is a great deal; maybe their wedding. However for me that is a terrible deal so I busted out some tulle (30 yards to be exact) and got to reproducing this piece. My skirt was not quite as full but it was only $30.
Side note: I don’t do well with patterns.
You will need:
- Tulle: The more you buy the fuller your skirt will be. I used 30 yards; I am 5’9 and wear a size 8 or 10.
- Black stretchy fabric: Optional. You can use whatever you would like to go under your skirt.
- Thick Elastic: One pack could be used for two skirts for me.
- Fabric scissors: Way easier to cut with.
- Pins: Long pins are preferred but not necessary.
- Sewing machine and tread
This project was done over a few weekends for me because I usually do not have a ton of time to sew.
NOTE: I did all of my cutting and measuring prior to doing any sewing.
- I also cut my 30 yards into 3 pieces. Two at about 10 yards and one piece was made into lots of separate long pieces for extra movement and fluff.
- I used two waist bands for this as well.
Step 1: Sew one waistband. Pretty much however you please. I sewed in about an inch from the edge and then folded over each side and sewed both ends down.
Step 2: I made my first skirt out of black stretchy fabric. This could go under the tulle though I decided to wear a maxi dress under instead.
Optional: But you are probably going to want to hem it.
Step 3: Sew waist band to skirt. I used lots of pleats so I didn’t have to do much measuring…so lazy.
Step 4: Put on and say “damn!” (It is so long because I wanted to wear it with heels.)
Now on to the tulle!
Step 5: Take the other piece of your elastic waist band. (This should not be sewn yet.) Pin and sew the outermost layer of tulle to your waist band. (make sure to leave a little space at the ends of the waist band.)
Step 6: Pin and sew the second layer of tulle to your waist band. (This layer was the one with lots of stripes of tulle. To make it easier, I gathered and hand sewed the tulle pieces together just at the top.)
Step 7: Layer 3! Pin and sew this next layer on top. It should be getting difficult to pin through. This is a lot of tulle!
Step 8: Sew the two ends of the waist band together in the back. Overlap slightly. Then it’s done!
It’s not too pretty but that’s okay! Slap a scarf or belt or shirt over the waist band and you are good!
Congratulations! You just made an awesome tulle maxi skirt. I wore mine to a masquerade party and it got rave reviews!
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