Tuesday, September 23, 2014

tulle skirt refashion

Remember that outfit on the left? That tulle skirt is one of the best thrifts I've ever made. While I loved the original look of the skirt, I wanted to make it fuller and more girly.

Here's what you'll need to create a full tulle skirt: 

7 yards of tulle
Elastic waistband
Sewing machine
Original skirt

I started with a tulle skirt I already had, but you could use any skirt you want to turn into a tulle skirt. Obviously a pencil skirt would work the best because it won't add any extra bulk to the dress. If you don't have a skirt already, you'll need to buy some lining for the skirt.

The tulle I purchased was already folded in half top to bottom, so I folded my fabric four times side to side and laid the original skirt halfway on the fabric so I would only need to make half of the cuts.

I cut along the bottom of the skirt from the side fold all the way to the top fold. It should look like a curved moon shape when you're done cutting. I also left two inches of extra fabric at the bottom just in case.

I then cut out a triangle shape from the top where the skirt would fit around my waist. I unfolded the fabric and made sure the pieces fit. I had to cut a little more fabric from the opening until it fit my waist just right.

The next part was probably the most difficult because I don't have a dress form and because the tulle was a little unwieldy. I used my husband as a mannequin and layered each tulle skirt one over the other and pinned all four pieces in place. I ran a basting stitch through all the layers, which made the skirt much easier to work with. I then pinned the new tulle skirt to the old one.

Once I got the four tulle layers sewed together, the rest of the project was fairly easy. I pinned the waistband to the tulle skirt and ran a straight stitch all the way around.

Once I got to where the two ends of the waistband would meet, I cut off the extra, leaving an inch of over lap. I tucked the top waist band under 1/4 of an inch and sewed across the fold and up and down it to secure it in place.

Here's the finished project!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I love the extra tulle and the metallic waistband.

With my 50% off coupon at Joann's, the whole project only cost $10!

Top: Old Navy, similar
Skirt: Refashioned by me
Necklace: ILY Couture
Shoes: Target


  1. so cute! I love how you styled it as well :)

  2. Very nice! I couldnt sew if my life depended on it. Love the tulle skirt and yellow top with it
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