Welcome to day 3 of the Amaryllis Dress sewalong! Today I have a tulle-torial for you. Or how to sew tulle, for those of you that don’t appreciate my punniness. Har, har.
If you want extra pouf for your Amaryllis Dress, or you’re supporting a very lightweight fabric like this geometric silk cotton voile, you might want to add a layer of tulle in between the layers of your back skirt.
There are instructions in the pattern to do this, but today I want to give you more tips and tricks for sewing with tulle without pulling out your hair.
First, I always buy more tulle than I think I’ll need, and I often use all of it. It’s easy to cut out extra layers if the skirt gets too poufy, as tulle doesn’t fray.
How to Sew Tulle
If possible, cut tulle while folded, using a rotary cutter and mat. This is the best way to get a straight edge.
This is one of your best friends when sewing with tulle
Yup, plain transparent tape. Not only can you use it to hold tulle together to sew (then tear the tape off after sewing), put a piece on the bottom of your presser foot to keep the “toes” of the foot from getting stuck in the holes in the tulle and snagging it.
When gathering tulle, I like to use my ruffle foot and just gather a whole lot more in length than the pattern calls for. That way I can add several layers to taste, cutting off my tulle ruffle where needed. And on the off chance I have leftovers, well, that’s less work for the next project.
Stitching on tulle can often pull right out, especially when gathering, so I like to gather my tulle in several layers (3-4) at once onto a strip of bias tape. You can do this by placing the bias tape under the foot and the tulle in the foot.
The bias tape will remain flat while the gathered tulle is stitched to it.
The tape also gives you an easy to pin and sew edge to work with, making tulle wrangling a cinch.
In case you’re just dropping by the sewalong, you may want to read about how to work with formal fabrics from day 1, or how to gather fabric from day 2. Tomorrow I’ve got a mini tutorial for you on how to get an extra poufy bow for the front of the dress if you’re so inclined. See you then!