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Sewing a tutu dress - is it hard?

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#1 aphraell

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

I am struggling to find a flower girl dress for DD (who will be nearly 2) in a champagne colour to match the bride so am thinking of trying to make one.

How hard is it to sew with tulle?  Was thinking of trying to make something like this....


Both the bride and I love this dress but the colour isn't right sad.gif

#2 lucy-lu

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

Not sure where you are but in sydney there is business called vintage baby, stall is occasionally at castle towers shopping centre, hey have lovely dresses, similar styles.... Here is the link, http://www.vintagebaby.com.au/

#3 lucy-lu

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hmmm just checked the site and they don't have anything like it now....maybe ask and they may do it order.

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

If you are a sewer you should be fine.

The important thing is to not skimp on your tacking.

For a full skirt like that you will have to put in three lines of tacking and draw it up evenly, then pin to the bodice, then tack that, THEN sew.

If you don't cut corners with the hand sewing/tacking it will be a walk in the park (or aisle!).

#5 spottyladybug

Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Take the time to hunt down lovely soft tulle (probably bridal tulle) rather than cheap and nasty tulle. I imagine if you google and pinterest it enough you should be able to find a tutorial (or several) to guide you through. original.gif

#6 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 31/01/2013, 10:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you are a sewer you should be fine.

The important thing is to not skimp on your tacking.

For a full skirt like that you will have to put in three lines of tacking and draw it up evenly, then pin to the bodice, then tack that, THEN sew.

If you don't cut corners with the hand sewing/tacking it will be a walk in the park (or aisle!).

Agree with this.  But I'd just machine baste with the longest stitch possible in a different thread colour, just a little inside the actual sewing line.  Saves time instead of hand tacking.

Ideally, you'd want the bodice to be fully lined. Make sure all seams are fully closed off so that there are no scratchy tulle bits on the inside.  A bit of satin binding would do the trick, if you don't fully line the bodice.  Otherwise the child won't want to wear it because it scratches them.  

QUOTE (spottyladybug @ 31/01/2013, 11:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Take the time to hunt down lovely soft tulle (probably bridal tulle) rather than cheap and nasty tulle. I imagine if you google and pinterest it enough you should be able to find a tutorial (or several) to guide you through. original.gif

I'd put soft satin and soft tulle as the bottom layer and top layer, but a stiffer tulle in the middle to give it some body.  Maximum 4 layers, otherwise the skirt could be quite puffy.

You could use a regular pattern to use and adapt like
this or
this or
this or

Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 31 January 2013 - 11:58 AM.

#7 Mercurial

Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

This company have some gorgeous dresses.  

This one has champagne tones and so does one or two of the others.


And I love this one:


Sorry I have no suggestions about sewing, I can't!

Edited by Mercurial, 31 January 2013 - 12:07 PM.

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