I don’t want to overwhelm you with math, but using the equation Circumference = 2 x pi x radius, we can pretty much figure out everything we need to. Basically, you just need to divide your waist by 6.28. So if your waist is 28 inches (this is a random number), your radius would be 4.45 inches, or I would round to 4 and a half inches.
How much fabric do you need for the tulle skirt and what bolt width?
Add your desired length to your radius and multiply by 2. This is how wide you’ll need to get your fabric, and how many yards you’ll need for each layer.
Let’s say your waist is 28 inches, and you want your skirt to be 22 inches long. You’re waist radius is 4.5.
22 (length) +4.5 (radius) = 26.5 inches
Multiply by 2 (to get circle diameter)
26.5 x 2 = 53 inches
You’ll tulle will need to be at least 53 inches wide. You’ll need just over a yard and a half of it for each layer. So if you wanted 3 layers of tulle, you would most likely buy from the 54 inch wide bolt and get about 4 and a half yards. (One yard is 36 inches)
If your diameter is more than 54 inches, buy from a 108 inch wide bolt.
Note: Multiply your diameter by the number of layers you want, then divide it by 36 to get how many yards you’ll need. I like buying by the bolt because it’s significantly cheaper per a yard and gives you room for error, my bolt was only like 45 CENTS a yard.
Use your radius, we’ll use 4.5 inches for an example, to create a pattern for cutting your center circle. Place a measuring tape on the corner of a piece of paper and mark 4 and a half inches all the way around. The dots below show the markings if you were doing 6 and a half inches around.
Decide what length you want the skirt to be. Use this number and measure from the inside circle out, marking around the fabric so you know where to cut. This will be similiar to how you measured and cut the inside circle, except that you’ll need to move you measuring tape along to curve of the inside circle instead of keeping it fixed in the corner.
Once your lining and all your tulle has been cut, carefully stack and pin them. You’ll now baste them together at the waist. I recommend doing between 3-5 layers of tulle. I only did three and it was a little difficult to keep them lined up properly when you baste them, so you may want to do two layers at a time, then baste them all together. UPDATE: The second time I made this skirt I basted one layer of tulle to the lining at a time. There will likely be discrepancies in the sizing. By doing one layer at a time, you can add a pleat to the layer of tulle if it ends up wider than the lining. This is nearly impossible to do if you do more than one layer at once.
Now you’ll make each eighth on the skirt and on an elastic waistband that is cut to fit you. I find it easiest to mark the halfway points with pins, then mark halfway between each of those pins (quarters), and halfway between the quarters (eighths). You will then align each 1/8th pin on the elastic to the skirt. This will show you how much you need to stretch the elastic while sewing it onto the skirt waistband. Don’t forget to sew your elastic band closed.
Now wear and enjoy it!
PS: These skirts often sell from boutiques for about $100. Because I got my tulle from a bolt (.45 a yard), and used coupons when I bought the elastic and the lining, my diy tulle skirt cost me about $8.25. #winning
Skirt: Made by me!
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