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How to Add Tulle to a Prom Dress

You will need a lot of tulle to create an overlay or underskirt for your dress whether the dress is long or short. Purchase 6 yards (5.5 m) of tulle fabric in the color of your choice.



Buy at least 6 yards (5.5 m) of tulle.

You will need a lot of tulle to create an overlay or underskirt for your dress whether the dress is long or short. Purchase 6 yards (5.5 m) of tulle fabric in the color of your choice.



Buy 2.5 yards (2.3 m) of 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide ribbon.

You will be sewing a piece of ribbon onto the pleated edge of the tulle. The ribbon will secure the skirt around your waist so you will need enough ribbon to fit all the way around your waist and tie the ribbon in a bow. Look for a piece of ribbon that matches your tulle color or that will at least blend in well.



Get enough elastic to fit around your waist.

If you prefer to secure the skirt with elastic, then purchase enough elastic to fit around your waist. You can use any color elastic for an underskirt. If you want to make an overlay with an elastic band, then choose an elastic that matches the color of the tulle, or that at least blends in.



Hold the tulle at your waist and mark the tulle with the length you want.

Hold the tulle up to your body and bring the longest edge of the tulle so that it is in line with your waist. Then, make a mark where the tulle meets the part of your body that you want it to, such as your knees, mid-calves, or feet. This is where you will need to cut the tulle.



Fold the tulle and cut a straight line across where you marked it.

Fold the tulle widthwise several times so that it is in a bundle. Then, cut a straight line across the marked area of the tulle.



Measure and cut the ribbon.

To ensure that you have enough ribbon to wrap around your waist and secure the skirt with a bow, wrap the ribbon around your waist twice. Mark the ribbon where you need to cut it and then make the cut.



Pleat and pin the edge of the skirt to create 3 in (7.6 cm) pleats.

Pleating the tulle fabric will gather it at the waist and make the skirt look full. To pleat the skirt, fan out the fabric and then begin making folds in the fabric that are 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide. Fold the first pleat inwards to hide the raw edge of the tulle, and then fold the rest of the pleats in the opposite direction.



Wrap the pinned tulle around your waist to check the width.

After you have pinned all of the pleats, hold the pinned tulle edge up to your waist and wrap it around to check the fit. The pleated tulle should be fitted around your waist with only 2 inches (5.1 cm) to 3 inches (7.6 cm) of slack. This will allow you to sew it onto a piece of ribbon or elastic.



Sew along the pinned edge to secure the pleats.

When you are happy with the look of your pleats, sew along the pinned edge to secure them. Use the straight stitch setting on your sewing machine to do this.



Make additional layers if desired.

You may use just 1 layer of tulle for your underskirt or overlay, or you may make multiple layers for a fuller skirt. Make as many additional layers as you like to achieve the desired look.



Sew the tulle layers together with a zigzag stitch.

After you have the desired number of tulle layers, sew the layers together along the stitched edges to connect them. A zigzag stitch works best to connect your tulle layers securely.



Pin the ribbon onto the pleated edge of the tulle.

Line up the ribbon edge with the edge of the tulle on one side and pin along the edge. Make sure that the ribbon overlaps the edge of the tulle by about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm). The ribbon should also have an equal amount of excess on either side of the tulle skirt edge so you will be able to tie the ribbon in a bow.



Fold and sew the ribbon onto the tulle edge.

Fold the ribbon over to the other side of the tulle and pin along this edge to hide the raw edges of the top of your tulle skirt. Sew along the pinned edge to secure the ribbon.



Sew the tulle onto your elastic strip.

If you want to secure the tulle skirt



Leave the bottom of the skirt unhemmed.

Your skirt is ready to wear after you sew the ribbon into place. You do not need to sew a seam on the bottom of your tulle skirt because tulle does not fray. You can leave it unhemmed and it will be fine.

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