Tips on Sewing Tulle Dress

I recently refashioned a tulle wedding dress to a tulle skirt. The inspiration was Olivia Palermo’s two-piece wedding dress. It was interesting to take the dress apart which was made by someone else to make it into something different, and I picked up a few tips on working with tulle fabric along the way.

1. Don’t serge the seam allowances.

Because tulle is see-through, if you overlock the edges, it will be visible from the right side of the fabric. I found overlocking the tulle edges is unnecessary since tulle does not fray. Instead, use a wide seam allowances like 3 cm and press the allowances to one side without zigzag or serging. From trial and error, this turned out to be the easiest and least noticable way to finish tulle seam allowances.  

2. Be careful with the iron temperature.

If you are using nylon tulle, don’t use the high temperature setting as it might melt the fabric! I’ve done it myself. I would start with the low temperature on a scrap fabric first and then gradually raise the temperature. 

3. When hemming, hem on the dress form first then use rotary cutter to finish the uneven edges. 

First place the dress on a dress form or hang it from the ceiling. I use dress form and place it on a chair so it is easier to work. Then use a tape measure to measure the length and start marking the fabric with using pins. Then I cut the dress and take it to a mat so I can make the hem edges pretty using rotary cutter and ruler.  Dress before refashion above.I used the original dress’s lining fabric to make the waist band. It’s gathered on the side just like the one of Olivia Palermo’s. 

P.S. I’ve written more tips on refashioning wedding dress here and here.お客様の購入されたウェディングドレスをリメイクしました。
イメージはオリヴィア・パレルモ。
ドレスのトップス部分をとって、裾をハイ&ローにしてツーピースとして着れるように。
ウエストバンドは裏地だった生地を使って、少しギャザーを入れて仕上げました。
過去のリメイクの案件はこちらこちらもご覧ください。。
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Wedding Project Progress: Dress Completed!

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Hi, this is Rina! I finally finished sewing this wedding dress. It was a kind of hard to cut the huge fabric in my tiny sewing room, and to deal with boning, delicate soft tulle and other materials, which I wasn’t really used to. But I’m pretty satisfied with the result. I was so happy to hear that the bride loves it too!

I was supposed to use satin fabric for covering the seam line between the bodice, and the skirt. When I emailed the bride with pictures of a half-done dress, she really liked it. And she gave me a better idea to use a ribbon instead of a satin fabric. And then she sent me a photo, which she found and likes. The dress on the picture has a ribbon on the waist. I think it’s pretty, and got me inspired. So I decided to change the ribbon, and stitched flower motifs on the tulle skirt by hand.

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These flower motifs swing gently with the bride’s movements.
Stopper

A stopper and strap for hanging.

I got a tip for s stopper from this book, 2 Way Wedding Dress. When a bride slips this boning encased tape into the bustier, it prevents the dress from sliding down. It’s good for making stable any kind of tube top dresses.

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ウエディングドレスが完成しました!小さな部屋で大きなドレスの生地を裁断することや、不慣れなボーン等を扱うのは少し難しかったですが、花嫁さんが気に入ってくれて本当に嬉しく思います。

当初、身頃とスカートの境目はサテン等の生地をベルト上に付ける予定でした。しかし途中経過を花嫁さんに写真で報告したところ、彼女が見つけたドレスの写真と、リボンを使ってはどうか?というアイディアを頂きました。送って頂いたドレスの写真はとても可愛かったですし(ANTEPRIMAのドレスです)、わたしの中でも新たなイメージが浮かんできて、リボンを採用!そしてお花のモチーフをスカートに縫い付けました。動くたびにこのお花も優しく揺れ動きます。花嫁さんと「一緒に作った」という感覚がとても楽しいです。

上記写真のストッパーはボーンをくるんだものです。着用時に下着の間に挟むことでドレスを安定させることができるようです。2Way Wedding Dressという本の中で紹介されていたテクニックです。肩ひものないドレスに使えそうですね!rina signatureMore Rina’s posts….

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