A Touch of Tulle

Hello again lovelies:) With October coming to a close, we enter the ever-busy holiday season. I hope that you will continue to find small moments to see God’s presence. When autumn thickens and the cold air grows sharper I know it is easy to fall into what I like to call a “mumbly grumbly mood.” Instead of focusing on the negative effects of the weather, I just want to encourage you guys to be inspired by the God of change–the artist from whom all creativity flows. Hope this DIY inspires you to go out and put your lovely creative marks on the world : )

Today’s Project

The minute I saw this dress, I immediately fell in love! ( Funny how love at first sight is completely believable with clothes, not so much with people:) )

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Originally $200, I bought it for less than $30. What a steal!

It was an amazing price, fit like a glove, and would be perfect for the upcoming Masquerade Ball at my university. Per usual, there was one small thing wrong with the dress. This time, the low-cut neckline was only ‘covered’ by a single layer of tulle.

This DIY is an easy way for all my non-seamstresses out there to save a few bucks on dress alterations. Tulle is a relatively inexpensive material that is easy to work with, and  is definitely a good option if  there are any sheer portions of your garment that you want covered.

 

   

Stepping Stones

Supplies List

  • 1 yd of tulle fabric
  • Needle and Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors

 

At the Store

I purchased three extra yards of material in case I needed the fabric for other projects. If you’re just trying to make a small neckline more modest, however, you could probably get by with just one or two yards, depending on the project.

Make sure the thread you buy matches the color of your garment. If you’re a sloppy seamstress like myself, best no one be seein’  those crooked stitches!

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I purchased about 4 yards of tulle, but for small projects like this one, a single yard would suffice.

Fold it up

I folded up my material so that it would be easier to work with. This makes it easier to cut your fabric patch. Folding also allows you to achieve a thicker, layered look with the tulle.

After I cut my fabric, I used thread to stitch it into a square patch so that all of my layers  would stay in place when I sewed it to the dress. This step is optional and can easily be substituted with pins.

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Fold your material so that it is easier to work with.

Sewing time

Now that I had a neat square of fabric to work with, I used pins to secure it onto the neckline of my garment. With white thread that matched the color of my dress, I stitched the patch following the edges of the dress’s neckline and trimmed away the excess fabric.

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Place your folded square in the desired location and hold in place with pins. Using a needle and thread, stitch the fabric in place and trim away the excess.

The Finished Product

After it was all said and done, I spent about $40 total and ended with a dress that perfectly suits my needs. I was able to maintain the original look of the dress even with an altered neckline. Once again, a sprinkle of creativity and something was made new. Bippity Boppity Boo, a touch of tulle, and it’s a new dress!

 

 

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Sew much longer

The Rectangle Box

When it comes to fashion I. AM. PICKY. You know that feeling you got as a kid (we ALL had it) when the box you were handed at Christmas or your birthday was shallow and rectangular? You know what I’m talking about…The Dreaded Gift Box of Clothes.

FYI parents, your kids would rather be given a fun toy than be disappointed to find out that inside that box lies “the most darling outfit” you ever did see. My problem, however, went one step further. Not only did I miss out on toys, but I found it even harder to like the clothes that were in the box at all! Needless to say, my family stopped buying me clothes and resorted to gift cards *PRAISE*

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

So I’m 5′ 10.5″. Ever heard people say that tall girls can “pull off any clothes” ? Yeah that’s not true. We tall girls struggle to find clothing that doesn’t look like we’re trying to squeeze into child sized hand-me-downs. If  you’re looking to avoid visiting a seamstress and to shop at average priced clothing stores, finding jeans and dresses that are long enough creates an exhausting mission. Try throwing a fashion-picky tall girl into a clothing store and see how many clothes she can find in one hour! (Pro hint: don’t expect too many). But have you heard the good news?! (I know what you’re thinking sisters, but don’t get too excited it’s not the Jesus kind) With a trip to the craft store beggars CAN be choosers!

The Project…

I found this dress at a department store that was holding its Going Out of Business Sale. It was dirt cheap and I absolutely loved it. But, predictably, I tried it on and it looked like a shirt. This time, however, I had a little creative vision and convinced myself to purchase the dress. I bought four yards of lace from the fabric store, and was able to line the hem of my dress twice with a little bit left to spare. I have to be honest, I was a little worried that I would somehow ruin the dress and end up looking like a grandma. But when all was said and done, I think the lace added a lot of character to a dress that I know is unique to me. IMG_7362The mechanics of the project were simple, since I’m about as far from a seamstress as you can get. Instead I used a needle and thread to sew large stitches underneath. If  you are seeking some extra modesty inches on a dress that you think is too short, I would definitely recommend giving this simple DIY project a try. Leave a comment and tell me how it goes! Remember, living in as foreigners in a world that is not our own, we must live creatively. Find creative ways to use the things of this world to glorify the Father in all that you do. Even making a dress that was sewn to be revealing more modest can feed into  that lifestyle.

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10