I love tulle skirts as much as the next person, and so do my kids. But there comes a point when your little girl simply can’t wear a tutu to school anymore, and that’s when I had to improvise. The tulle and fabric skirt combines the same classic tulle tutu principals, but adds a bit of fabric whimsy to make it just right for every day dress up wear. My daughter loves it, and can wear it to school any day she wants – perfect for Fall and Winter attire. I cannot wait to dress this up with boots and tights :).
- 2 – 3 yards of light-weight tulle (should have a nice movement to it, not be stiff)
- 1/2 yard Quilters Cotton
- 1 yard Solid Color Quilting Cotton (Kona)
- 1 yard of 1″ wide Elastic
- 1/2 yard Pellon lightweight fusible interfacing
- Basic Sewing Essentials
*Note on ruffles – For the tulle and fabric ruffles, cut your desired length ruffle by width of fabric. My ruffles are all 5″ in Length. I cut (12) strips of 5″ Long Tulle, and (2) strips of 5″ Long Quilter Cotton. You want each ruffle to overlap the previous strip. Adjust the length as needed.
- Gather supplies as listed.
- Take your (2) skirt panels and place them right sides together. Pin and sew side seams. Finish seams as desired (serge, zig zag stitch, pinking shears).
- Hem the bottom of your skirt. Turn the bottom of your skirt 1/4″ towards wrong side and press. Turn again 1/2″ and press. Sew.
- Cut out tulle ruffle strips. See above for the Note on Ruffles. I doubled up all of my tulle, which is why there are 12 strips.
- Double up your tulle (if desired), this will give it a fuller look. Place (4) ruffle strips together, pin and sew the side seams.
- Separate the tulle so that (2) strips are on one side, and (2) are on the other creating a large loop. Sew a gathering stitch around the top of the tulle loop. Gather tulle ruffles so that it is the same circumference width as your skirt.
- Place the gathered tulle around the bottom edge of your skirt, so that the bottom edge hangs just below the skirt hem. Pin in place around the top of your ruffle, and sew using a zig zag stitch to secure.
- Cut out your (2) Quilters Cotton ruffle strips, using the same dimensions you used for your tulle.
- Place your (2) Quilting Cotton ruffle strips right sides together, pin and sew the side seams. Finish side seams, as well as the top and bottom raw edge of the ruffle. Hem the bottom of the ruffle by turning it under 1/4″ towards the wrong side and pressing. Turn under 1/4″ again, press and sew.
- Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your ruffle, and gather stitches until it is the same circumference width as your skirt. Slip the ruffle around your skirt, so that the bottom edge of your ruffle just covers the top edge of your tulle ruffle. Pin around the top edge, and sew using a zig zag stitch.
- Repeat steps 5 thru 7 for additional tulle ruffles. Your tulle ruffles should stop about 1/2″ below the top of your skirt.
- Take your (2) waistband strips, and iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, following the instructions on your Pellon interfacing.
- Place your waistband right sides together, pin and sew the side seams. Take (1) bottom edge and press under 1/4″ towards the wrong side.
- Turn your skirt wrong side out. Slip the waistband around the top of your skirt, so that the unpressed raw edge of the waistband matches up with the top of your skirt, also matching up the side seams. Pin and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seam up.
- Turn your skirt right side out, and fold the waistband over towards the outside. Press the waistband down, so that the folded edge covers the top ruffle seam. Pin in place around the bottom of your waistband and sew, leaving a 2″ opening for inserting elastic.
- Clip a safety pin to one edge of your elastic, and slip inside the waistband casing through the opening. Thread elastic through the waistband, making sure the other edge of the elastic remains outside. Once your pinned elastic makes it all the way through, attach the two elastic ends together and sew. Slip elastic inside waistband casing, and sew opening closed.
And you are finished!
I hope you like it!
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