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TO SEW: Mermaid Tulle Skirt

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing this really cool skirt that I made for my little sister’s birthday.

She’s always loved these tulle skirts in a very classy vintag-ey sort of way. So like a year ago (or maybe two?!) when I saw some tutorials on pinterest I immediately pinned them to make for her one day. Finally I got around to it just in time for her 18th birthday. <3 What a fun one.

When we were at the beach a few weeks ago I got her up at 5:30 so we could take some colorful sunrise photos of her and the skirt. So mermaid-esque. Isn’t she just the cutest?

I found a lot of tutorials, but this one by Cotton & Curls was the one that made the most sense to me. I’ve modified my own version here for convenience.

Materials needed:

  • at least 10 yards of tulle (I went ahead and bought a whole bolt on amazon-pretty cheap)

  • 3 yards of a liner fabric (A more cotton-like material is best, a silky one will get very staticy and stick to your legs)

  • Elastic (width of your waist)

  • Thread to match ( I chose one thread the same color as my tulle, and one the same color as my elastic so it didn’t show up too much)

  • Scissors

  • Pins

First measure the waist, and the length that you want the skirt.

Take your waist measurement and divide it by 3.14. Then multiply by two. Now take a large piece of paper (I used a roll of craft paper) and a pen. Tie a piece of string that is the width of your paper to your pen. In the corner of your paper hold the string down and draw a circle with the pen so that it is the distance of the string from the corner (does that make sense?)

Take the length measurement and make a string that is that length, tie it to the pen and do the same thing from the corner of the paper.

Now you have your pattern for your skirt!

Cut out as many tulle layers following this pattern as you want. I think I did 6 layers. But this pattern is only for half the skirt, so I cut out 12 tulle layers with this pattern. Then sewed them together, two at a time.

Next I did the same thing with the liner fabric. Cut out two of these and sewed them together.

Once I finished my layers I simply sewed my elastic together so that it was in a circular shape. Use a zig zag stitch here so that the elastic can still be stretchy.

Then take all your layers and sew them to the elastic (still using the zig zag stitch). Make sure you sew the liner onto the elastic first, so that it is at the bottom, then sew all the other layers on top, you will need to do a bit of gathering through this step, It helps keep the skirt poofy.

Once all your layers are sewn on simply fold the elastic over so that none of the seams show. Then put your skirt on and dance the night (or morning) away!

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any questions, or if you’ve tried this yourself. I would love to see how it goes! Share them with me on instagram using the hashtag #MiMCreations

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