Hello- This is part 2 of the Tulle Skirt SewAlong. Last week I had published a printable supply list HERE. If you are just now joining us, it’s not too late! You can follow along!
On the agenda today are two things:
- Prepping and cutting the pattern
- Gathering the Tulle
PREPPING/CUTTING THE PATTERN
For the sew along, I will be giving you instructions based on Mccalls M7197, but you can use any circle skirt as a base pattern.
Let’s begin by looking at the pattern. We are going to need the following pieces that I have highlighted in red. 1- Skirt Back, 2- Skirt Front, 4- Front Waist Band, 5- Back Waist Band
Go ahead and cut all 4 pieces from the tissue paper. At 1st I roughly cut around the pattern pieces
Then before you determine which size you will need, have a look at pattern piece 4- Front Band. Here you will see the finished measurement of the skirt at the waist. As you can see here, a size 6 will give me a skirt with waist of 25.5 inches. My waist is 25.5. I am going to cut a size 6.
However, If I were to go by the sizing chart on the back of the envelope, I would have cut a size 10, which would have been too 2 inches too big on me. Now I like my skirt snug. If you don’t like them snug and want more breathing room, just be sure to look at the finished waist size on this pattern piece and pick the one that suits you best. For example, if I wanted one inch breathing room on my skirt, I would cut a size 8 instead of a size 6.
Now that you have selected your size, do ahead and neatly cut out all 4 pattern pieces.
GATHERING THE TULLE
Moving on to the fun part.. I LOVE gathering tulle! It is a very mindful and relaxing for me!
Last week we discussed using a gathering foot to make the task of gathering tulle easy and efficient. I mean… I can gather TEN yards of tulle in about 5 minutes. Read my detailed tutorial on how to gather tulle HERE. This is the foot:
That is it for now!!!! If you have any questions, let me know via comments, email or on our facebook sewalong group
On Sept 10th, I will be giving you instructions to sew up majority of the skirt.This way, you can sew over the weekend and then next week. we will work on the finishing techniques.
See you then!