Today, I want to inspire you with a blast from the past – a collection of photos of tulle skirts that I sewed many years ago. Check out these pics for some serious sewing inspo. Get ready to dive into a world of tulle, creativity, and sewing magic!
As some of you know, a few years ago I had a small online business selling handmade tulle skirts.
Recently, I came across a folder filled to the brim with those photos, and I felt so proud and happy.
You know, I never posted photos from that period on this blog because they were all watermarked with a “Sew Violet” logo, and the last thing I wanted was to confuse my readers. But now, after finding a miracle website that uses artificial intelligence to remove watermarks with just one click, I had no excuse anymore. (obviously, “Sew Violet” is the name I used for my business back then)
Each skirt in this post was created using this tutorial -> simple tulle skirt in 10 easy steps
Almost all these tulle skirts have two layers of tulle, all gathered in the same way as described in this tutorial. What varies, of course, is the length and waist circumference since I made these skirts for different customers. Also, the bright pink tulle skirt is made with 3 tulle layers, individually gathered – each measuring 118″ in width.
Related: Tips for sewing tulle on your regular sewing machine
On a different note, I remember that I used to feel uneasy at the time about the background of my tulle skirt photos.
The unfinished side of the fence, the modest lawn, the small fruit trees, and so on.
Getting older clearly has its perks! The eyes of today only see the beauty in those photos – the greenery, the sunset, the promise of the branches laden heavy with apricots, and the unassuming youth. So here goes!
I made these tulle skirts about 5 to 7 years ago. For all of them I used individually gathered layers of soft tulle fabric, a half-circle satin skirt, and exposed elastic for the waistband.
The best part about making your own gathered tulle skirt is that you can customize it to your liking, and to make it fit into your fabric yardage.
You can adjust the length, fullness, and color of the skirt to suit your personal style, and tailor it to the amount of fabric you have on hand.
Do you want your skirt to be fuller or less-full? No problem!
These are adjustable parameters:
- the number of your tulle layers (use 1, 2, 3, or 4, why not)
- the gathering ratio for the tulle layers, and, as a consequence, the width of your tulle layers. To give you an idea, your layers can be anywhere from 55″ to 250″ wide.
Obviously, a gathered tulle skirt that only has 1 layer that measures 55″ in width will have a less full look, while a tulle skirt that features 4 layers each 250″ might be excessively full. At the same time, there will be no significant difference between a tulle skirt that uses a single layer 250″ wide, and a skirt with 2 layers, each 118″ wide. All I want to say is that you can (and should) play around with your tulle layers.
After all these years, I still think these tulle skirts are so cute! They’re flouncy and flowy and make you feel like a total princess. I mean, who wouldn’t want to twirl around in a cloud of tulle?
Whether you’re going to a fancy event, a mom & daughter date, or just want to feel extra cute on a regular day, a tulle skirt is the way to go.
The best part, you can make them in all sorts of colors, so you can find one that matches your vibe perfectly!
Check out my tulle skirt tutorials: How to make a tiered tulle skirt / gathered tutu skirt / circle tulle skirt / easy one-seam tutu skirt
I hope I inspired you to create something new and fun today!
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2 thoughts on “Gathered tulle skirts – sewing inspiration”
Thank you for inspiring. me. You have beautiful ,mannequins,that display your artwork. I’m from NYC,but I live in Birmingham, Alabama.
I still have my mothers mannequin. Its probably over 90 years old. Mother was a seamstress,so I have fond memories of her sewing & all the fitting s. Glad to know you. Thanks for listening.
This is such a kind and thoughtful comment, Maria! Your message makes my day brighter. Thank you very much, and I sincerely wish you all the best! Big hug!