I’m calling this skirt Silliness and the City (or SATC for short). Because clearly, the thing that I needed in my wardrobe to prepare for a week spent in New York City is a puffy fuchsia tulle skirt. I wore it almost every day and absolutely adored it.
It’s the perfect wardrobe staple that carries from daytime wear with a t-shirt and slip-ons to a night on the town with a sexy top and heels. Okay, I understand it’s not a wardrobe staple for everyone, but for me, this is gonna be a workhorse!
The fabric was given to me by White Tree Fabrics. It’s a circle skirt with a bottom layer of cerise poly satin and 5 layers of tulle (what they call hexagon pure net) on top. White Tree has an overwhelming selection of nets, but I emailed with them about what I wanted to sew and what color I wanted and they sent me swatches of several suggestions which made selecting the fabric a breeze.
I opted to sew a plain 1″ waistband, stabilized with a ribbon inside, and a standard zipper. The tulle and satin are sewn as one for the waistband and zipper insertion but are kept separate for the remainder of the side seams to maximize puffiness. I cut the satin underlayer shorter than the tulle by several inches so that the tulle-ness was emphasized at the bottom of the skirt. The nice thing about a skirt like this is that you don’t need to hem the tulle, so even though there is 6 layers of circle skirt, the hemming isn’t too big a job!
I will admit that I’m not 100% sold on my final skirt – it doesn’t quite meet my vision. The problem? It’s not puffy enough! I opted for a circle skirt to minimize bulk at the waist, but I didn’t quite picture how nicely (i.e. flatly) the layers of tulle would lay on top of each other. I love the way it looks as I move, and it spins stunningly, but I want more puff at the bottom when I stand still. Fortunately, I have a couple of ideas for how I can improve it. I did a horrible hemming job on the satin since I was in a frantic rush to get it done in time for my trip (and I knew it wouldn’t be seen under the layers of tulle) so I am going to go back and re-hem it with horsehair to give more volume at the hem. Additionally, I’m going to add a couple of partial layers of tulle, gathered and sewn on to the other tulle layers near the bottom so that the tulle doesn’t lay flat on itself.
I realized after I had received my tulle that I made a total bonehead mistake when calculating the fabric requirements and ordered way too much tulle. Although the skirt was too long to cut the half-circles directly across from each other on the the fabric [A], I didn’t have to put them all sideways as I originally calculated [B]. Instead, they can nest next to each other [C], saving lots of fabric. Doh! So, I have a bunch of extra tulle and am considering what to do with it. Happy to take any suggestions!