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01 Oct '18

Adding Candy Floss Tulle to a Dress Skirt

Posted by Ellies Handmade
Here is a fun way for how to apply tulle to the skirt of any dress. I have used the Little Lizard King Amsterdam Dress to create this look. It really is simple, and you can change the look dramatically by how much tulle you use and the size of the pieces.
 

Complete the bodice as per the tutorial and set aside. Follow the tutorial to complete the skirt.  It is much easier to start with a hemmed skirt with gathering stitches in (use two rows of gathering stitches around the top of your skirt).
Cut your tulle into squares – for this dress I decided to keep it super simple and used 6” square pieces for the entire skirt. I used 2 x 100 yard rolls of 6” soft tulle.

         

The next step is to take your skirt and work out how many rows of tulle you want to do, and how far apart you want your tulle.  I decided to do 8 rows of tulle 2” apart. Using a removable pen or pencil, draw you guide lines onto the fabric.



Take one piece of tulle and pinch it in the middle as per the pic. It does not need to be super perfect, just create the pinch and then lay it on your bottom guideline. Sew to attach through the pinch about 1/2’’ from the top.


Continually add pieces of tulle every 2’’ around in a loop until you have attached the tulle all the way around the first guideline. Move up to the next guideline and repeat until you have completed all rows.
  


Gather the skirt and attach to your bodice as you would in the pattern.

You may now wish to add another row of the tulle around the top of the skirt and stitch in place by stitching in the ditch around the seam where the bodice meets the skirt, or fill in any areas you think need more tulle.
 
 
You can really get super creative using this method and use varying size pieces of tulle and experiment with how far apart you do your rows etc!


Happy Sewing!
 
15 Sep '18

How to Hem a Circle Skirt with Bias Tape

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Hemming a circle skirt can be tricky. However, Single Fold Bias Tape, can be used as a fun and easy way to finish a circle skirt.  To make it even better, it can add an interesting pop of color to the inside of the garment. Store bought bias tape works wonderfully and is the quickest method. Most Little Lizard King circle skirt patterns recommend using a 1/2’’ single fold bias tape for this purpose, such as the Sorrento Dress, Oxford Skirt, Arendelle and City Lights Skirt, but any width will do. Making your own bias tape may take a little extra time, but it also allows you to choose any fabric desired for the bias tape.  Have fun experimenting with different looks!


Unfold one side and align the bottom raw edge of the bias tape to the bottom raw edge of the skirt, right sides together.  Fold over the beginning edge of the bias tape 1/2’’ wrong sides together and pin in place.

Continue pinning the bias tape around the circumference of the skirt.

When you reach the starting point again, overlap the bias tape by 1/2’’ and trim.

Sew along the first fold of the bias tape to secure.

 

Press the bias tape down towards the bottom of the skirt, keeping the folded edge of the bias tape folded.

Fold it to the back to the wrong side of the skirt, repress the fold on the bias and pin in place.

 

Stitch using a 1/8’’ seam allowance to secure. 

The skirt is now hemmed, with no bias tape visible when right side out.