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« on: October 04, 2012 10:39:25 AM »


I am embarking on a tulle skirt project. Specifically, this one: http://media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com/upload/258042253620129183_SpPs7j6B_c.jpg (because I have abundant time.) For  a flat five footer 14/16 gal.

I have made tutus before for babies and small children, but nothing like a long, full skirt like this. Anyone here with a good rough estimation? Or an idea of how I can estimate it? I'm just no bueno, without a pattern or some direction in terms of fabric sizes. Thanks in advance, all you lovely craftsters!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012 09:22:38 AM »

Cut out a waist-size belt out of scrap and cut open the edges of some large garbage bags to use as the practice tulle. You can probably get a good estimate of the yardage from that.

« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012 08:26:30 PM »

Cool skirt!  I would think it would take 15-20 times your waist measurement.  So if your waist was 36" (to make the math easy), you would need 15-20 yards of tulle.

If you want a skirt that's 30" long or shorter, you can use half as much yardage, and just gather the fold down the center of the tulle.

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012 03:22:51 AM »

You could look into those frames they used for dresses to get that shape. Then you could attach the tulle to that, and may save a bit.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012 11:20:31 AM »

my off handed guess is probably 20-30 meters of tulle to get the fullness--I remember a commercial pattern for a full tulle skirt calling for 6 layers each 6m wide to be gathered onto the skirt to get the fullness.  If you are willing/able to deal with mismatched colours start with 20 and then buy more if needed.   

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