Glamour Photography Step by Step Detailed Tulle Dress Construction with Photographs

April 17, 2013  •  3 Comments

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:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt 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:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt 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:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt I left a gap in the back so that it would accommodate any size waist:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt

Next came the ribbon waistband:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt And sewed it on by simply stitching from inside to outside:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt 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:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt And one with the hoop petticoat for more drama:

Sue Bryce Inspired Tulle Skirt 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:


Comments

Bea Abi Rached(non-registered)
Really easy explains. Love it
celestina(non-registered)
Wow! This is beautiful! I love both of the tops used with it too! And it's such an intense color! You did a fantastic job.
Toni(non-registered)
Looks gorgeous! Good luck with your shoot and thanks for sharing your technique.
No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March April May June July August (3) September October November (1) December
January February March (1) April May June July August September October November December (1)