(Closed) I have a crazy diy skirt idea…will it work??

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
3239 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Please do not glue together your wedding dress. That can only end in sad tears.


Get a more “normal” fabric (many people use muslin for this) and make yourself a circle skirt with a zipper for practice. Then you can get your more expensive ruffled fabric and make something. 

Post # 3
46672 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

christin5135:  If you know the basics of sewing, you can do this, but you need to do it properly. Find a pattern, as close to this look as possible. You can always change the width of the waistband. If there is a back zipper, make sure you do a good job, or get a seamstress to do the zipper for you, as it will be very visible to your guests.

Post # 4
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You could totally do this. Please don’t glue anythingg together!!! But you can do this with simple sewing. I can’t tell from the picture if this is an A line or a bit of a trumpet. Obviously, A line is easier to sew, as it has straight seams. I would make yourself a pattern out of cheap muslin to make sure you like the shape and it fits correctly overr your crinoline. The cut your ruffled fabric from your muslin pattern. You should be able to get away with just a couple seams. The most difficult part will be installing a zipper, but that isn’t really that hard. Do you have a sewing machine with a button maker? I’d put a few buttons at the waist, along the sash, both for stability and because it would be cute!!!

Post # 5
4228 posts
Honey bee

I agree with the bee who said this will end in tears.

I sew a lot, and I probably wouldn’t attempt this. Defiitely not with glue. Do you really want a skirt that you have to “hide bumpy cratsmanship” on? Also, if you look closely at the skirt, you’ll see that the ruffles get smaller the further up they go- if your material is just uniform ruffles, it won’t end up looking like this skirt. Are you ok with that?

Also, why do you need to make a skirt if you’re already buying one to sew/glue ruffles onto? I didn’t quite understand that part. Do you have a picture of the pre-ruffled fabric?

Post # 6
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I sew some and thank sewing is the only way to go.  Glue??? I don’t think gorilla glue would.be safe to use in your most special day.  I agree with the other bees that you will have sad tears by gluing.  I would also second the idea of a practice skirt.  You can find many fabrics for a $1.00 a yard.  Good luck to you.  

Post # 7
2647 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I’m soooo not crafty, bit glue does not sound entirely practical.  Can you maybe find a seamstress or another etsy seller that can replicate this for you in a more timely manner?

Post # 8
12249 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m not sure but it looks like the tulle might be hand dyed in that inspiration pic, and that will drastically change the overall look if so, because it’s not all one color. You could pretty easily hand dye the tulle if it is a dyeable. The more natural the fibers the more easily they will give you that look, in my experience ( not an expert!).

No glue! 

I can’t comment on making this yourself because it looks hard and all I can see is how I would screw up the rows but if you are solid at sewing and good on measuring seams and straight lines, it might work. Agree that you should do this with a pattern or at least cover the crinoline with fabric the same color as the tulle ruffles. 


Good luck, this is a gorgeous look! 

eTA: looking at it again, the color variation might just be from the layering. 

Post # 9
1220 posts
Bumble bee

I love it!  Just beware that there are all types of tulle.  Some are stiff and heavyish, others are soft and flowy.  That will make a huge diffrence in the way your dress ruffles lay.  Good luck!


Post # 10
297 posts
Helper bee

pre-ruffled fabric? I haven’t seen this before, could you show a pic?

Post # 11
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

With all that fabric, the skirt looks very expensive to make.  I probably would not chance a DIY skirt with that much fabric after such a long break from sewing – especially for my wedding day.  Have you tried shopping the internet for something else with a shorter turnaround and more feedback?

Post # 12
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Also, I believe that Etsy seller stole the photo: http://watters.com/Product/WattersBrides/5080B/

You may have better luck trying to buy the original and seeing if you can put up with the waistband as-is or modify just that part.

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