“To bling or not to bling, is that seriously ever a question?” This thought was on my mind as I was elbow deep in rhinestones, tulle and glue. I was in the process of making myself yet another tutu and started to wonder why I had never thought about putting rhinestones on any of my previous creations. After all, EVERYTHING is better with a little frosting (one of the many things I’ve learned from a life of watching romcoms)!
The previous tutus that I’ve made were inspired from a romantic tutu and extremely fluffy. Instructions for a romantic tutu can be found on our previous post, A Tutu for Dolly. This time around I decided to try a simple circle skirt pattern and I’m loving the results. Other than rushing at the end and starting to sew the waist band on wrong side out, it was incredibly easy and stress free. For all the doubters out there who feel that you’re too old (or that I am) to wear a tutu, take a step outside your comfort zone and discover the sweet bliss of wearing what makes you happy. And, believe me when I say, tulle makes everyone happy!
Despite the bling, I still feel that it’s super classy and understated and is just the ticket for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner.
Because my math est très terrible, I employ the use of a circle skirt calculator byhandlondon.com. I also like crazy fullness because I think it makes my waist look teeny tiny, so I always click on the full circle in the list of options. I used a wonderful knit fabric for the liner and elastic waistband so it would have plenty of stretch. If you’re going to add bling to your top layer of tulle (I used black and gray rhinestones), make sure you add it before you stitch it onto the other layers. I used a bottom liner fabric and 5 layers of tulle for the skirt. The waistband was an elastic that I encased in the same fabric as the liner. You can also just use a wide elastic without the liner fabric overtop.
- After your fabric has been purchased (amount determined by the circle skirt calculator), cut out your liner fabric and make it 1-2″ shorter than your final length of tulle. Follow these handy instructions at wikihow to learn how to fold your fabric properly prior to cutting. You should end up with a full circle with a hole in the middle that will slip over your hips and onto your waist. Serge or hem bottom edge.
- Cut out 5 layers of tulle and baste all layers (one at a time) onto your lining and serge around the edge to tidy up before sewing on your elastic waistband.
- Cut elastic 1″ shorter than your waist measurement. Overlap and sew ends together. You can either sew onto your skirt as is, or encase first in fabric and then sew onto the skirt. Because the waist opening on your skirt will be larger, mark off the centre front, centre back and sides of both the skirt and waistband. Using a zigazag stitch so it has some stretch, sew skirt and waistband together. Make sure you are stretching the elastic out as you sew so that it matches the 4 marked points on the skirt. *Do not rush this part just because you have company coming for dinner and you need to put away your sewing machine and fabric!
Tulle is so easy to style and can be paired with a simple tank top, a button up blouse tied in the front or a bodysuit.
Although this post isn’t along the lines of our usual Tuesday Ramblings, I feel that when tutus are made, they deserve to be shared.
*excuse the wrinkles and the poor fit on the manequin, I’ve been wearing it everywhere and my manequin is a skinny wench who doesn’t fit any of my clothes!