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Adding a tulle underskirt
Making little girls' dresses pouffy!
blytheak  Friend of PR
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Date: 12/30/08 1:08 AM

I have looked on the boards and the internet in vain for tips on how to add a sewn-in tulle underskirt to a child's dress. I've seen dresses where the underskirt is between the fabric and the lining, but can't find a pattern or instructions. I assume you make some sort of "yoke" and sew tulle onto it, but I'm at a loss for how to attach it at the waist without it being really bulky!

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Date: 12/30/08 6:43 AM

From what I remember of my mother making tutus, the tulle was cut double width, and sewn along the placement line of the underslip IN THE MIDDLE of the tulle. Then the upper layer was simply folded down, leaving no lumpy seam allowance.

Longest layer is placed highest, with shorter layers below and underneath, so that the outline is smooth.

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Date: 12/30/08 10:40 AM

look on youtube. There are some good how to's for tutu skirts there. You Tube Search
Sewing a Tutu is actually quite simple it seems. I am on the verge of making my first one.


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Date: 12/31/08 9:54 AM

I've done a 2 layers of tulle cut to skirt width, gathered & attached between the lining & skirt for pouf. You have to have a lining or something though, or the edge of the tulle at the waist is scratchy. I just gathered the tulle, gathered the skirt & basted together. Then treat as one layer for the rest of construction.

It was kind of a pain to finagle the layers to tell you the truth. So for the last few pouf-ready skirts, I just added an 8-12" ruffle of tulle to the lining (between skirt & lining) instead. Cut your strip of tulle, gather it, and topstitch it to the lining so that the tulle hem is a bit shorter than the lining hem. That way it's not scratchy or touching legs at any place but you still get all the poufy effect of a tulle underskirt!
-- Edited on 12/31/08 9:55 AM --

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