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How to add tulle to a prom dress

Prom is one of the most memorable times in high school. Getting the perfect shoes, purse and dress is essential for any high school girl. A lot of dresses come with long trains attached to the bottom of the dress. Trains may be attractive in pictures, but they can be a problem at the prom dance. The train can cause the girl, as well as surrounding prom-goers, to trip and fall, and the heels from the prom shoes can tear a hole right through the dress. Making a bustle for the dress is a quick and easy way of allowing the train to be down for pictures, but picking it up and attaching it so it doesn’t get dirty or ruined during the dance.

Measure the length of the train. This will help to figure out where the hook and eye will go. For shorter trains, the hook will be sewn on at the calf and the eye sewn on about three inches into the train. For larger trains, the hook will be at the back of the knee and the eye half way up the train.

Pull the train up to the dress to determine where the train looks the best to make a bustle. Pin both the back of the dress and the train to mark where the hook and eye will be sewn. Also, you want the train to “drape” the back of the dress, so the eye will need to be attached at least three inches in from the end of the train.

Thread the needle with the appropriate color of thread, and tie a knot at the end of it. Both the hook and the eye will be sewn to the outside of the dress, so make sure that the color of the thread is the exact color (or very similar to the color) of the dress.

Place the eye onto the back of the dress where the pin is and hold in place. When you look at the dress, the eye should be facing down. Poke the needle through the dress (starting in the inside of the dress), and pull the needle out the front of the dress and through the eye.

Continue to repeat step 4 several times until the eye is securely sewn onto the dress. Finish the sewing by entering the eye a last time and pulling the needle through the inside of the dress. Tie the thread into a knot.

Place the hook on the train where the pin is. With the train laid across the floor (and you facing the dress), the flat part of the hook should be down across the train and the actual hook will be raised facing the dress.

Thread the needle again, and tie it off.

Poke the needle through the inside of the train and pull it out the outside through the hook. Circle around the hook, poke it through the outside of the train and pull it through the inside.

Continue repeating step 8 until the hook is secure in place on the train.

Pull the train up to the dress, and attach the hook through the eye.

Fit the dress to the girl to make sure the length of the bustle is perfect.

Remember to remove all pins from the dress and the train.

For longer trains, two hooks and eyes may be necessary. For very heavy material, use buttons.

Remember: the hem has to remain straight on the floor. If the bustle is too high, the dress will rise in the back looking sloppy. If the bustle is too low, the dress will hang on the floor and get dirty.

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How to add tulle to a prom dress

While the rest of us were out here shopping for a boring dress at the mall, these geniuses made their custom gowns by hand. These showstopping DIY prom dresses were handmade by crazy talented high school students who wanted to make a major statement on prom night – and save some serious cash in the process. Someone @ Project Runway immediately, because these dresses are next-level FIERCE.

After one scroll through this list, you’ll be ready to channel your inner craft blogger. Scroll ahead for the best inspiration and coolest ideas for how to make a prom dress yourself.

Not into sewing? Shop the most unique prom dresses for 2020 here.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

This teen made her own prom dress from scratch – and then did the same for FIVE of her friends (not kidding). Meanwhile, I can barely even do my own winged liner.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Pretty florals, breezy tulle, and a flirty thigh slit – this dress is EVERYTHING. And, btw, if you think it’s stunning from the front, just wait until you see the back.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

YouTuber Amber Scholl thrifted this little black dress for just $4, then added netting, beadwork, and a crazy extra feathered train. Slay, hunny! Watch how she did it here.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Sarah Baldwin went all-out, turning a pile of fabric into a gorgeous floor-length floral gown.

“I went to prom with the perfect boy, wearing the dress I sewed myself feeling like a DIY queen,” she wrote on Twitter.

Dresses that flounce at the bottom have added extra material to give a more pronounced A-line. This style accentuates your waist, making it appear smaller. While skirt-fillers can be bought at the store, you can easily make a tutu-like wrap right at home that adds volume to the bottom of your dress.

Measure the smallest part of your dress at the waist. Then measure the largest part of the dress along the bottom hem. These measurements will guide the amount of fabric you use when adding layers under the dress. The more you go beyond the length of the dress hem, the more material you’re adding under the dress and the fuller it becomes.

Lay out the material you want to use. Tulle is a popular option because it’s stiff and holds its shape well. Avoid materials that lie flat, like cotton and silk. The material should match the color and style of the dress.

Measure one side of the material to match the length of the bottom hem of the dress. This is the longer of the two measurements you made earlier. Depending on the size of the dress, add a few inches to this measurement. The additional material will fold when sewn under the dress, adding volume in its folds.

Measure along the other side of the material using the size of the dress’s waist as your guide. Add a similar amount of inches to this side.

Turn the dress inside-out. Thread your needle with a long piece of thread. Secure the extra material at one corner to the waist portion of the dress, threading the needle through an existing hem rather than the outer material of the dress. This will prevent the seam from being seen. An ideal place to start is at the back of the dress by a zipper.

Wrap the material completely around the dress and secure the other corner directly next to the previous corner, making the two shorter ends of the extra material flush. The material now wraps the entire way around the waist of the dress. Secure the second corner with a stitch.

Sew another holding stitch half way around the waist. This ensures that you won’t bunch more material on one side of the dress compared to the other. Bunch the material along the waist and continue to insert holding stitches until all of the material is securely held to the waist of the dress.

Hem the bottom part of the extra material along the bottom of the dress. Add more layers as you see fit with each extra layer adding more fullness to the bottom of the dress.

Sew the extra material to an elastic band, rather than into the dress. This way you can wear it under multiple dresses.

I would like to add glitter to a dress. I am going as a fairy godmother for Halloween and I am using a prom/brides maid dress made of polyester and nylon. I don't want it to look tacky but just a little extra flare to match my daughter's costume.

Michelle from Campbell, CA

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There is hairspray that has glitter in it which you could spray on the dress.

They make a spray glitter that I've had kids use on paper snowflakes. Don't know why you couldn't use it on fabric. Maybe yoiu should test it on a scrap first. I ordered ours from a school supply but I'm sure a craft store would have it.

They sell spray that is intended to go on fresh flowers, it add's a very fine touch of glitter. Very small glittler flakes (since it comes out of a spray paint can), but holds fairly well, it won't stiffen fabric quite as much as others will, since the flower petals are still soft after use.

There is spray glitter that is made to be used on cloth. You can find it at Hobby Lobby or any other craft store. I used it when making costumes for my daughters variety show.

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How to add tulle to a prom dress

Tulle skirts are having their fashion moment. Tutu-like garments are shown styled for both casual and dressy occasions and, in every case, are fun to wear. Making your own isn’t difficult. However, a tulle skirt typically has several layers of gathered fabric, and this can pose a problem when it comes to cutting an even, neat hem. I’ve made and hemmed lots of tulle skirts and want to share a few tips for sewing, pressing, and hemming them.

Fabric and design

Tulle is a thin, net fabric, typically synthetic but also available in silk. It can be a solid color or have a sparkly finish applied to it. Net or netting is a stiffer fabric with more body and is usually used to make petticoats. When purchasing tulle or net, be sure there are no big wrinkles (usually near the end of the bolt) as these can be difficult to remove. Tulle looks darker with several layers; keep this in mind when selecting tulle fabric.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

A tulle skirt can be designed from several rectangular layers of tulle cut to the same dimensions. This is a “princess” shaped skirt with a lot of fullness at the waist. Alternatively, the skirt can be cut in an “A” shape, with some of the fullness removed from waist to hip. Sometimes the tulle layers are different in volume, with a fuller top layer over slightly less full underlayers.

You can easily design your own skirt, but if you prefer to use a pattern, try Simplicity 1427 by Andrea Schewe (don’t miss Andrea’s video tutorial on arm mobility.)

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Sewing tulle

Tulle is a semitransparent fabric. I prefer to sew it with thread that’s a bit lighter in color. Because the top and bobbin threads interlock, the finished seam can look like a dark line. You can use clear thread for an invisible seamline, but clear thread can be challenging to work with. I recommend against serging, as a serged seam is very conspicuous. It is best to make a few seam samples before sewing your skirt, to see what you find pleasing. Remember that your skirt is made of several layers. A sewn seam may look conspicuous in one layer, yet blend into the skirt when all the layers are together. Backstitch to secure the seam at both ends.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Pressing tulle

I recommend pressing seam allowances open. A press cloth is a must. You run the risk of melting the tulle if the iron is too hot. I often use a piece of tissue paper as a press cloth. A square of silk organza works well, too. It is a bit transparent and makes it easier to see what you’re pressing.

Hemming a tulle skirt

This final step in making a tulle skirt is where you might find yourself a little overwhelmed. Controlling several layers of springy, gathered, sheer fabric takes patience, but is doable. If all the layers have the same hem circumference, you’ll pin and cut them together, following these instructions. If the layers have different hem circumferences, you’ll need to mark and cut them individually.
1. Prepare the layers. Begin by steaming the skirt, or pressing with a press cloth, so all the layers are smooth and unwrinkled.

2. Secure the layers. Hand-baste or pin the layers together from the waist to the bottom edge, placing a line of pins or stitching about 12 inches apart. Hand-basting is the most time-consuming method, but also the most secure.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Pinning is faster, but requires some care in handling.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Straight sewing pins don’t stay very well in tulle, so I cut small rectangles of felt, and pin through them. They give the pins something to grab onto, and make the pins more visible.

How to add tulle to a prom dress

Another option is to use long pins with large, flat heads. They stay in the fabric better than standard dressmaker pins, but you must handle the pinned skirt carefully to avoid dislodging them or injuring yourself.

3. Mark the hem. Put the garment on the wearer, and be sure she stands with her hands at her sides and looking straight ahead. Mark the hem slightly longer than you think you want the final garment. Tulle tends to spring up and shorten, and tulle skirts look better if they are longer. You can always trim off a little bit later, but you can’t put it back on.Try school chalk or wax tailor’s chalk to mark the hem, as it leaves a distinct mark that is removed easily. You may be able to use a wax crayon; if so, mark 1/2 inch below the desired hemline, so you can cut away the crayon mark. Test any marking method on a scrap to be sure you can remove any marks that end up in the wrong place.Some fabrics simply won’t take a mark from chalk or crayon. If you’re having trouble making a clear mark, pin all the way around the skirt, 1/2 inch above the desired hemline. Then cut 1/2 inch below the pins.
4. Cut the hem. The cleanest and most even edges are made with a rotary cutter or serger blade. Once you have basted or pinned all the layers together, you make just one cut. Install a fresh rotary blade, lay the skirt on a cutting mat, and cut along the marked hemline with a smooth motion.How to add tulle to a prom dressHow do you use a serger to cut? Simply unthread the serger and then run the skirt through, letting the serger’s knife cut just above the chalk or crayon marks.If you must use scissors, do so with the skirt on the wearer or on a dress form. First, cut with a pair of shears, in smooth, even strokes. There will be some small, jagged bits of tulle where you stopped and started. Simply even up the jagged bits with a small pair of scissors.How to add tulle to a prom dress
5. Resew the seam ends. In cutting the hem, you will have trimmed off the backstitching that secured the bottom of the seams. By hand or machine, restitch the bottom few inches of the seams, backstitching when you reach the hem edge. If you don’t backstitch or reinforce the seams at the hemline they will come undone quickly.How to add tulle to a prom dress
Photos: James Keller

Are you planning to follow the tulle skirt trend? If so, how will you style your skirt? If not, why not?

The best part of prom? Definitely picking out and wearing your gorgeous gown. The worst part of prom? Never finding a time to wear it again and having your dress sit in your closet for years and years. But what if I told you that you could wear it again? Halloween is the perfect time to have fun with your costume and reuse your prom dress. Since you already have a dress as the base of the costume, all you have to do is get a few accessories to really go through with that look. You’ll look fabulous and save money by wearing something you already own. Here is how to: prom dress to Halloween costume!

Princess Halloween Costume

How to add tulle to a prom dress

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You felt like a princess at prom, so why can’t you actually be one on Halloween? This prom dress to Halloween costume look is so easy, and you’ll feel beautiful no matter what. Take your princess prom dress, add a crown, and you’re ready to go! For the beauty look, add some makeup and do up your hair, and you’ll be the belle of the ball (or Halloween party).

Pageant Queen

How to add tulle to a prom dress

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Who hasn’t dreamt of working it on a pageant stage? All eyes will be on you when you take your glitzy prom dress and add a sash, tiara, and some flowers. Finish the pageant queen style off with a glam makeup look and an updo. You’ll definitely score highest with the judges if you go with this prom dress to Halloween costume!

Zombie Bride

How to add tulle to a prom dress

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This is the perfect costume if you wore a white dress to prom! Simply add some gory make-up, a wedding vale, and you’ve transformed into a zombie bride. If you’re never going to wear your dress again, maybe even add some rips or red paint to the dress to add to the effect. Or you could skip out on the gore makeup altogether and just go as a regular bride!

Fashionable Witch

How to add tulle to a prom dress

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This costume would be great for a dark colored prom dress, preferably in black or purple. Simply add a witches hat and you’re ready to cast spells! Bonus points if you find a witch’s broom and fishnet stockings. You could go for a darker beauty look with a smokey eye and heels or boots to finish off the look.

Fairy Prom Dress To Halloween Costume

How to add tulle to a prom dress

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You’ll put your whimsical prom dress to good use with going as a fairy! If you decide to just wear the top of a two-piece, pair it with a fun tulle skirt to add to your magical look. You’ll twinkle the whole night away when you complete the look with fairy wings, a wand, and glittery make-up.

Aren’t you glad you have one more chance to wear your favorite dress? Show us how you go from prom dress to Halloween costume by tagging us on Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana, Snapchat @Faviana_NY, and Twitter @FavianaNY. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more fun vlogs!

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If you have a dress you would like to wear to prom but it does not quite have the “wow factor” that you were hoping for, do not panic. There are lots of ways to turn a simple or plain dress in to a one of a kind piece. With a little knowledge and a few sequins and accessories, you can revamp your dress into a prom gown that will leave heads turning all night long.

Choose the dress you wish to improve. Try it on and look in the mirror. Decide if there is a particular aspect that you wish to change or if you just want to add a bit of extra detail. Trying the dress on before you begin to customize it will help you focus on which areas you like and which areas need a bit of work.

Add embellishments to your dress. A row of sequins or jewels along the neckline, bottom of the skirt or waist can dramatically alter the appearance of your dress. Look in craft stores for inexpensive gems that can be sewn on to your prom dress. Pay particular attention to any visible seams on your dress, add jewels to seam lines to disguise them and give the appearance of a designer dress.

Iron-on or sew an applique to the skirt of your dress. A sparkly applique will draw attention to a particular area such as your legs or back. If your dress has thick straps, sew two smaller sparkly appliques on to the shoulders.

Purchase tulle in a contrasting color to your dress to make an underskirt and to give your dress a fuller shape. If your sewing skills are not particularly strong, get a seamstress to make the underskirt for you. The underskirt could be hidden or an inch could be left poking out to add more color.

Add a sash to the waist of your dress. A sash will define your waist and make your dress appear more formal. Tie the sash into a loose bow at the back of the dress and secure with a small stitch to keep it looking neat. Your sash should be a contrasting color to your dress, such as white or hot pink on a black dress.

Accessorize your dress with bold statement jewelry such as a chunky necklace or drop earrings. Accessories can really bring a plain dress to life. Coordinate other items of clothing to compliment your prom dress, such as satin gloves or a shawl.

Less is more. Change one aspect of your dress and try it on. It easier to add embellishment than it is to take it away.

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These shoppers look happy with their gowns at last year’s pop-up boutique, part of Say Yes to the Prom Dress.

Everyone should be able to go to prom, is the philosophy behing Say Yes to the Prom Dress. Doors open April 11 at 9 a.m. at Project Hope’s pop-up boutique at 83 Audubon St., New Haven. Above a shopper from last year.

Prom dresses collected for last year’s Say Yes to the Prom Dress.

Teens are all smiles as they try on gowns at last year’s pop-up boutique.The event is sponsored by Project Cares.

You can donate shoes, aceessories in addition to prom gowns at Daniel Hand High School until March 27. Some of the offerings at last year’s Say Yes to the Prom Dress event.

MADISON — With prom season on the horizon, girls all across the state are dreaming about their perfect gown. Will it be silk, taffeta, tulle or lace? Then there are the accessories, shoes and a purse.

Knowing that this finery can ring up a hefty bill, making going to prom impossible for some, Daniel Hand High School Interact Club is participating in ‘Say Yes to the Prom Dress.’

In collaboration with New Haven’s Project Hope, students are collecting new and gently-used prom dresses, shoes and accessories until Thursday, March 26. Donations can be dropped off at Daniel Hand High School, 286 Green Hill Road, Madison.

On Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m. the doors open at Project Hope’s pop-up boutique at 83 Audubon St., New Haven.

The only requirement is a student ID and everything is free. The boutique will be open for a month.

This includes gowns, shoes, accessories and some special “goodies,” including shampoo, flat irons, makeup bags and makeup.

“There’s usually a line outside and the girls can just get the dress of their choice,” says Project Hope CT Director Khalilah Abdulrahim.

Veronica LaVista, DHHS Interact Club advisor, says the only requirement for the donations is that they are dressy.

“Now, girls can wear a chiffon mini as easily as they can wear a long dress,” she says.

“Then, of course, nice jewelry for those who may want the dressier cubic zirconia earring or whatever fancy bling to add to the prom dress and then shoes,” she adds.

The non-profit organization Project Hope CT facilitates youth led projects and community events to empower the community and at-risk youth, according to Abdulrahim.

‘Say Yes to the Prom Dress’ is celebrating its 10th year and Project Hope anticipates they will collect between 2,000 to 4,000 gowns. Some of these gowns are brand new, while others are gently used.

Sponsor Executive Cleaners in Milford dry clean the gowns, free of charge.

“We love it,” says Owner Clementina Yazdani. “It’s very rewarding for us.”

Other sponsors include Atiana’s Boutique in Milford, Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven and Yale University Properties.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” says Abdulrahim. “It’s so fulfilling because … you see a lot of families who just can’t afford prom dresses during the season.

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“The exorbitant price, it kind of discourages people and for people to work so hard throughout their academic tenure and not be able to attend the prom is a little saddening,” she adds.

“So, it makes me feel amazing that I can help support students and their families just so they can participate in this very special night,” she says.

Abdulrahim is excited about opening day at the pop-up shop.

“I just look forward to all those smiling faces from all those students that are going to get their prom dresses,” she says.

“Girls throughout the state can come and just pick out the prom dress of their choice and they go home and they feel like a princess on prom day,” says Abdulrahim.

Yazdani has some advice for people who may have prom dresses hanging in their closets, thinking they may wear them again.

“You wear this dress and I know you spend a lot of money and you think, ‘Oh, maybe someday,’” she says. “It doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen.

“So just donate it right away, don’t wait two, three, four years until that garment goes out of style and then no one really is going to want to wear it,” she adds. “We encourage people to do it and to do it early. Don’t wait.”