Shirred Sleeve Tulle Dress

• All seam allowances are 1cm unless otherwise stated

• Pre-shrink machine washable fabrics: wash, dry and iron fabrics before sewing

  1. Creating the Lining

Place the two Back Lining pieces on top of the Front Lining piece with the right sides touching. Line up and pin together along both shoulder seams and both side seams. Sew along the pinned seams.

For a professional look, finish the side seams and shoulder seams with an overlocker (or trim off half of the seam allowance and finish with a zigzag stitch if you don’t have an overlocker). 

Finish the back middle seams with an overlocker.

Hem the bottom raw edge of the lining: Fold the bottom raw edge up 0.5cm with the wrong sides touching and iron flat. Then fold up 0.5cm again and iron flat. Sew right along the folded edge using 0.1cm seam allowance. Set aside.

2. Creating the Middle Tulle Layer

Middle Layer Tulle Bodice: Place the bodice front and back pieces together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin together along both shoulder seams and both short side seams. Sew along the pinned seams. Overlock the side seams (optional, and better with the same colour thread).

Middle Layer Tulle Skirt: Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. The gathering stitches should begin and end 2cm from each raw side edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt up until it is the same width as the waist of the bodice. 

Attaching Skirt to Bodice: Place the bodice on top of the gathered skirt with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Adjust the gathers so they are even and pin along the top raw edge. Make sure that 2cm on either side of the skirt remains flat, with no gathers. Sew along the pinned seam. Flip the seam allowance up towards the bodice and set aside.

Note:

The Dress we made has a double-layer tulle bodice for the top layer, and single layer tulle skirt for both the middle layer and top layer. The tulle fabric we use is very thin with a width of 300cm. You can decide whether you want to double the tulle layer for either the bodice or skirt, depending on the fabric you have and how much volume you want for the dress.

Likewise, we used 3 layers for the tulle sleeves, you can choose to use only one layer, or 2~3 layers for the sleeve to achieve the look you desire. 

3. Creating the Top Tulle Layer

Top Layer Tulle Bodice: Place the bodice front and back pieces together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin together along both shoulder seams and both short side seams. Sew along the pinned seams. Overlock the side seams (optional, and better with the same colour thread). Set aside.

Top Layer Skirt Ruffle:

Place the Skirt Ruffles pieces together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin together and sew along the short side seams. This has now created one large circular skirt ruffle. Cut up the center of the skirt back to create two equal back pieces.

Sew a gathering stitch along the top raw edge of the skirt ruffle. Gather up the skirt ruffle until it is approximately the same width as the Top Layer Skirt piece. 

Place the gathered skirt ruffle on top of the bottom edge of the skirt with the right sides touching. Pin to secure, adjusting the gathers to be even as you pin around the skirt. Sew along the pinned seam.

Sew a gathering stitch along the top raw edge of the Top Layer Skirt piece. The gathering stitches should begin and end 2cm from each raw side edge of the skirt.

Gather the skirt up to the same width of the bodice. Place the bodice on top of the gathered skirt with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Adjust the gathers so they are even and pin along the top raw edge. Sew along the pinned seam.

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