Being both fun & feminine, tulle skirts belong in every Valentine’s Day Pinterest board. I love their flirty fullness and the immediate impulse to twirl. However, their delicate nature can make them a back of the closet occasion skirt reserved solely for engagement shoots and dancing in the living room.
I have a few suggestions on how to make your tulle skirt a part of your everyday wear. & of course, the first is is to *drumroll* make your own. With materials, it costs less than $10 – I wore one to my sorority semi formal over a bodysuit. I got infinite compliments, butI was disappointed by the of he might when it was torn from dancing. However, I wasn’t crying off a credit card payment & it looked magical in the pictures taken beforehand – which, to be fair, was the point anyway.
^ even a quick puppy snuggle ruffled the edges of my tulle skirt ^
For this tutorial I needed pictures of the process, as the initial calculations require algebra, to really demonstrate how to create your pattern. So, I thought Jean from Extra Petite Blog did a really great job of explaining the process : here
Tulle skirts have a stereotype as an occasion piece. However, when down-styled it can be worn more readily. I styled my skirt with a simple t-shirt, because it was comfortable and the texture of the tulle already brought the flirty dimension to the outfit. Wearing with a graphic tee and a leather jacket would be a great day to drinks with the girls outfit. Again, the tulle is not something that easily regains it’s flat shape – making it not ideal in crowds. To wear a tulle skirt in crowded areas, like dance floors, make sure the tulle is a little softer. Choosing a sheer alternative, like chiffon can also bring the princess feel without the tears. While the volume of the skirt will be less with a softer fabric, it will fall naturally rather than become crumpled or snagged.
There are some remedies on the the internet, mostly from dance moms whom have lots of experience fighting with tulle. I have tried all of them to help regain the structure of that sorority semi-formal skirt that was destroyed. I’m here to tell you that none of them made my skirt look well enough to wear again, unless I was going to am Avril Lavigne concert.
Owning a tulle skirt can be an undertaking. Consider the style, occasion and cost. Don’t spend money when you can DIY a skirt for less than a lunch date, especially if you are going somewhere delicate clothes go to die & you can find a sheer alternative. Dress down your tulle skirt with your favorite comfy t-shirt and a cute jacket, or dress up with a little sparkle. I love my tulle skirt and it certainly doesn’t get as much use as it could – hopefully you can give yours a new life!
& if you aren’t CrafDIY like me I love these tulle skirts:
Happy Valentine’s Day!