Homemade Dress-Up Clothes (Part 3: Ballerina/Fairy Skirt)

A favorite item in our costume/dress-up bin is a simple tulle skirt, perfect for pretending to be a ballerina or a fairy. (Gen loves hers so much, she didn’t want to stop pretending, and put it back on after she had changed into her pajamas!)

I had a fabric store coupon on hand, so when tulle went on sale, I stopped in and purchased a small amount of pink tulle to make a skirt for Gen’s gift. (Remember, tulle often goes on sale during the spring prom/bridal season, so it’s a great time to stock up!)  I had some leftover elastic from making all those baby changing pad covers and sheets last summer, so I didn’t have to buy more.

Following the simple instructions in this Quick Easy Sew video, I quickly completed this skirt with only two seams! There are also some helpful sewing instructions in this article on How To Make Ballet Skirts.

Since I wanted the skirt to be a surprise gift, I measured the waistband on Gen’s clothes (instead of herself), in order to determine the appropriate length of needed elastic. To run the elastic through the top casing, I pin a safety pin on one end of the elastic to help pull it through the fabric.

Add more tulle to make it more of a puffy “tutu” style skirt (some instructions call for multiple yards of fabric!); we preferred a simple, longer style, and only used about 1/2 yard of fabric for this small child’s version.

Tulle comes in many different colors; some even with sparkles! This is a great way to repurpose scraps leftover from a wedding project. Tulle doesn’t fray, and hides mistakes well, so you don’t have to worry about sewing in a perfectly straight line or hemming. Have fun!

Stop by next week for Part 4 to see the next item in our dress-up costume bin!

If you missed the previous posts in this series, check them out here:
Part 1: Butterfly/Fairy Wings
Part 2: Princess/Bridal Hat

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