You'll want to make a simple tube skirt as your base. It's best to use a stretchy knit material. I bought about a yard so that I had extra just in case. Your fabric color should be one that doesn't distract from the skirt, in case it were to show through. I went with black. Black is great! It's also best to buy matching elastic. I went with a black 1in wide, none rolling elastic.
To make the skirt, wrap the fabric around your hips/waist. Pin to how you'd like it to fit. If your fabric only stretches one direction, make sure that stretch is horizontal. Makes it easier to get the skirt on and off.
Cut your elastics in 3 lengths. One just about an inch or two shorter than it is long enough to fit all the way around your hips (RED). So, measure it, and cut it about 2 inches shorter than that measurement. Stitch the ends together securely. The second piece (BLUE) is measured the same way. Take the elastic and measure only from hip to hip from behind. Cut about 2 inches shorter than that measurement. The third piece (ORANGE) is much shorter and is just for the bustle. It should only be about half the length as the second piece.
To attach the elastics figure out where you want the seam of the skirt to be. I wanted mine in the back. You may want a dress form or some other body for help on this part. I used a huge couch pillow. :)
Take the longest piece (RED) of elastic and slip it over the tube skirt you made. Situate it in the middle of the skirt. Hand stitch to the tube skit in for small places. Front, back, and each side (GREEN LINES).
For the second piece (BLUE), place it halfway between the previous elastic and the top of the tube skirt. Stitch the ends and the center to the skirt.(GREEN LINES).
For the last section of elastic (ORANGE), place halfway between that last elastic and the top of the skirt. You only have to stitch the two ends down on this part. It's the top-most and flufflest part of your bustle.
There you have your base!!
Now, as for the Tulle. Grab some string, scissors, and put on a movie!
I used string to measure how long I wanted each part of the skirt to be. How many strips of tulle you need depends on how big YOU are, or how full you want the skirt to be. I'm a big girl. There were 6 to 8 cuts of each length/color. I tied my tulle on as I cut it.
If you don't already know how to tie your tulle onto the elastic, it's called a Larks Head Knot.
Pic from FactoryDirectCrafts.
If you want a tapered skirt, there will be more work for you. I used the string to measure from where the elastic sat on me, to how long I wanted the skirt to be in the back. Add two inches to be safe and then double it. Roll out your tulle and cut. Do this till you have all the strips at the length that you need. If you want it tapered, take off a couple inches of your original measurement when you start another set of tulle cuts.
Keep doing this till you have the back part of the skirt filed on the bottom elastic.
Repeat for the next elastic, using shorter measurements again. And again for the top-most elastic. The top set should be the shorted of all 3 layers.
Move around to the front of the skirt. Measure from where the elastic sits in the front, to just above your knees. And just like the rest, add 2 and double. Cut enough strips of tulle to fill up the front!
Your skirt should be finished!!
Here are the pics of mine. :) I also took some tulle and spruced up an OLD walmart witch had I've had since high school. Pretty nice!
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