Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY: tulle skirt

there's this scene of Friends, S2E1, where Rachel is waiting at the airport for Ross to return from China, and she sees him deplane with Julie.  well there's this wrap around skirt that she's wearing, that i have always been in love with!  that scene inspired me for this DIY project and dresses/skirts that are much too short.

i probably have a handful of dresses that i don't want to get rid of b/c who knows, maybe i'll be going to vegas to, or to a club!  they're still in good condition, and could be appropriate for other occasions if they were just a tad bit longer.

so i went to Joann's, picked up about 10 yards of tulle, 5 yards in platinum, and 5 yards in black, and 2 yards of a silver ribbon.

i left the tulle folded in half, the way it comes on the bolt, then folded the tulle width wise and cut down the length, creating 2 panels of platinum tulle.  i did the same with the black tulle.  line up the tulle, in alternating colors (if you decide to use multiple colors). the top of the skirt will be the tulle that is still folded, the way it was on the bolt (you should have 4, b/c we didn't cut this fold), and the bottom portion of the skirt will have 8 layers. i hope that made sense.
pardon my binder clip, i didn't have any straight pins available
taking a sewing needle and thread and make a straight stitch across the width of the tulle, i started the stitch approx 2 inces away from the top.  once that is done, i put the skirt, with the needle still hanging from the thread around my waist, and scrunched up the tulle, until i had my desired skirt width.  i then closed the stitch.  i didn't want the skirt to close completely, but to still open up gently in the middle front, so you can see the dress underneath depending on how you move.

next to add the ribbon, this was a little more difficult then i thought it was, b/c of the scrunching, but i used a simple stitch to sew my ribbon on to the tulle, right over the straight stich. leave enough of the ends to tie your skirt off.  lastly even out your bottom hem, by just taking some scissors to it.
 and i was finally done! this project probably takes about 30-60mins depending on your skills.  it actually took me a lot longer b/c of trial and error, and b/c i had to pull apart the tulle a couple of times.  however, i'm happy that i didn't give up.

thanks for stopping by! if i've inspired you, share your creation! :)

if you have any questions about the tulle skirt, feel free to leave a comment.

<3 roe [a roesy life]

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