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« on: April 22, 2009 01:37:16 PM »

Hi - i know this has porbably been done before, but I am making a princess Belle dress for my daughter. I want to make it extra poofy so am adding an underskirt of tulle.

I am going to sandwich the tulle between the top skirt and a layer of lining material so its comfortable on her legs but what I want to know is is it best to do the tulle as a separate skirt in all one layer, or by sewing shorter but overlapping sections onto the lining in a kind of multi-tier effect. Or is there a better way that I haven't though of yet?

I have made a Cinderella dress previously with the tulle in just one layer, but its not really poofy enough!

Any help is much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009 03:20:03 PM »

I had a bridal petticoat when I was a kid, one year  (having petite neighbors was awesome), and one designed specifically for square dancing (majorly poofy), and they were both constructed in roughly the same way.  They had a lining, which was free-hanging, nothing attached to it, it only attached at the waist.  The bridal one also had an outer layer like that, but it's not necessary.  Anyway, there was a short yoke of lining, then the tulle started.  I want to say there were two layers of gathered tulle, though maybe just one.  To the bottom of each layer (if there were two) were attached two more layers of tulle, so four total.  To the bottom of each of those, were two more, so eight.  And each layer had gathers.  I'm exhausted, so I'm probably explaining this badly.  Basically, it was a tiered skirt, but each tier multiplied.  There were three or four tiers in the square dance skirt, and five or six in the bridal one.  The square dance skirt definitely gathered more than the other one.  That sounds kind of complex, and for a costume may be more work than it's worth.  But it may inspire you with a way to get the most poof for your effort.  Hopefully!

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009 09:40:08 AM »

Hi.  I posted my daughter's Easter dress and another outfit I made last week.  Take a look at the purple skirt I made.  It should be easy to find in the childrens gallery.  To adda littel poof to the skirt I ruffled netting and attached it to the lining plain and simple.  I cut 2 pieces and ruffled them together and added it maybe 2 inches above the hem and it was all I needed.  You may want to add 2 rows depending on the look you're going for.  I'd start with one layer near the hen of the lining first have her try it on and then you'll know if you should even bother with a 2nd layer.

« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009 12:34:06 AM »

try googling "crinoline".look in the images..this is basically a separate skirt the has layers of gathers like a twirl skirt.  this gives a lot of poofiness, especially if the hem has two layers of gathered tulle.

i reccommend a separate skirt because it is easier to remove to wash the dress.

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