I made tulle dress #1 a few days ago as an experiment. I only had a small quantity of material so I thought I would give it a try and if it didn't work out I wouldn't have wasted much time or resources. (See my 4/15 blog entry for those details). I learned from that one so this time around I worked in much the same way. I also purchased this bolt of tulle at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $1, it was "double wide" (how others have referred to it), so it was rolled over twice on the bolt. I cut six 41 inch lengths. Each piece ended up covering half of the body. I started with the same gathering that I did last time:
When I took a step back I realized that you were going to be able to see right through this no matter how many layers I applied and I remembered that I had also purchased a length of silky red material for $1 at the restore. So I pulled this off and started with the liner:
I am not skilled in sewing or construction so I did my best to figure out how much material would be needed by wrapping it around myself and then pinning it. I was worried about the waist having enough room for people larger than the tiny waisted mannequin so I pinned it low and left a lot of room. I did gather it in the front and back thinking that it needed to taper somewhat so it wouldn't bunch at the waist and create volume. I chose areas that would not accentuate bellies, hips, or rears. The I reapplied the tulle, I added three layers, which was a total of six pieces (each piece covered from the rear to the belly button). Each layer was bunched and pinned on top of the under layer:
I left a gap in the back so that it would accommodate any size waist:
Next came the ribbon waistband:
And sewed it on by simply stitching from inside to outside:
Not necessarily pretty but I'm not expecting anyone to see this detail up close. I also trimmed the piece of tulle that was protruding from the inside.
Here is the final look without a hoop petticoat:
And one with the hoop petticoat for more drama:
I never knew I had the ability to create these beautiful dresses, I can't wait to use them with beautiful ladies wearing them!
Update: Here's a shot paired with a bustier: