A cheap and easy way to make fabric people won't believe you made...

Recently while working on a special Burdastyle project I stumbled upon some of the most beautiful fabric I had ever seen!
Rows of scalloped tulle sewn together in layers to create this amazing scale-like illusion...I _had_ to have it and for half off of $40 a yd, I could sacrifice eating if it meant I could have just one yard! With my one yard of this multicolored fabric I completed a dress, and learned how to make this on my own in a snap. Now I am sharing it with you so that you can spend that hard earned craft money on zippers and such instead!

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As much tulle as you can handle, a resist, thread, and scissors

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    Apr 4, 2014, 06.37 AMby ginaminton

    Nice work.

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    Apr 12, 2012, 11.38 PMby Lindsay Fonua

    So, how did you make it into a skirt?

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    Feb 17, 2012, 02.36 PMby Becky McNay Betczynski

    Where did you find this fabric? I love it!!!

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    Dec 20, 2011, 12.13 PMby Laura Bolčina

    Thanks! Where can we see that dress, the colours look amazing!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.02 PMby Jo Tunderman

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    Sep 4, 2011, 07.33 AMby mosquito69

    WOW, thats amazing! Finally I got an Idea, what to do with my tull scrap and I´m quite sure you can combine it with other material…Great, thanks!

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    Aug 14, 2011, 01.17 PMby peppersj

    Love the technique. But The skirt shown appears to be done in Voile not Tulle. I tried it with Tulle in same colors shown…did not work???Is it Voile or another light fabric? Help?

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      Aug 15, 2011, 06.29 PMby ashchaser

      What went wrong? Maybe try a very light netting? I had used a mystery content fabric so was just trying to make a good guess as to the closest thing you could buy and use. Also when I bought tulle from Hancocks to do this is was a bit too scratchy (and stiff) to be next to skin, but then found a kind of netting which was meant for hatmaking. This turned out to feel and drape much better. I should edit this to help others avoid the stiff stuff!

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      Jul 29, 2013, 03.40 PMby lovefish

      I believe that the fabric used was nylon tulle. It is a soft form of tulle and is not itchy at all. I started investigating the fabric of a ballet tutu that was featured book Little Things To Sew by Oliver + S. To me the fabric was much nicer than the junky tulle I have seen in fabric stores around my town. I Googled high quality tulle and this is what led me to the type of fabric used in the skirt above.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 08.36 PMby ceding

    this is so beautiful! very nice work

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    Apr 3, 2011, 07.53 PMby marimadi

    Thanks! My five years old daugther has just asked me to make her a ballerina tulle skirt. She is in love with the Little mearmaid! I will try this technique.

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    Mar 29, 2011, 04.07 PMby Matilda Engelmark

    What colours is the tulle on this skirt and what colour is the basic skirt?

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.22 AMby mamanaait


    My daughter (3 years old) want to be a real mermaid, the tail I made didn’t had scales, she was al little disappointed. I think that she will be surprised with Christmas. I’m going to try it with much smaller scales and a shiny fabric. I have no idea how it’s called in English but it’s just like lycra, I used it for the first Mermaids tail. She will love it!

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    Aug 21, 2010, 07.03 PMby majola

    This is awesome!!! I can’t wait to try!!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 12.19 AMby victoriamartina

    awesome!! cant wait to try this :D

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    Aug 15, 2010, 09.20 PMby nehmah

    Excellent work. Thank you. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Aug 14, 2010, 03.24 PMby fraulau-1

    wow, thanks for this tutorial! the fabric looks amazing. (:

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    Aug 9, 2010, 06.14 PMby zann

    This technique is simple and turns out beautifully. Thanks for the post!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 03.05 PMby marinaglory

    This is a great technique i can’t wait to try- thanks for sharing!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 10.49 AMby sandoz18

    Gorgeous technique—thanks for adding!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 09.47 AMby msgems

    Wowsers… I know what I’m doing this weekend!!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 02.26 AMby sandrasews

    I love it! So gorgeous and eyecatching. Thanks for adding this technique.

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