Formal dress

My daughter would like a layered soft tulle skirt with a fitted top for her formal in a few weeks time.  I am currently on holidays so I  have some time to devote to the project. I am feeling a bit unsure of how to attack the skirt. Should I start with a full circle pattern? I have made a dress with the Vintage Vogue pattern V2902  for the other daughter. Could I use this as a start? Any suggestions would be so helpful.

• Meet the Author • Vicki.J.

Hello, I am a self taught sewer, beginning at the age of 13 or 14 by making myself tennis dresses with matching pants, very cool in the early 1970s! From that time until now I have dabbled in sewing, mostly costumes, for my family. Over recent years I have become more interested in making vintage clothes for my daughters (aged 18 and 21). I think I am ready to take on some more challenging projects with a little hand holding from this online community.

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4 comments… add one

  • take a look at simplicity 3878. it has a very pretty tulle skirt. it might be a little easier to start with a pattern that is already designed to use tulle as opposed to trying to figure out how to work the tulle into a pattern- save yourself some headaches. good luck! :)

    • Thanks. Funny thing I tried to buy that same pattern but unfortunately it was unavailabe at that stor, so I’ll go further to find it.

  • Hi!
    1). I agree with practicalgirl- simplicity 3878 is perfect for the dress you need.
    2). You can use a pattern for lingerie, such as simplicity 5006 (
    3). I believe a circle skirt will be a good option too (but use a few layers of course).
    Good Luck!! (show us the finished dress!!)

  • Here is the finished formal dress. I ended up using the circle skirt pattern as a guide. Rather than layering the soft tulle I added more circles to the skirt. I had a total of 6 full circles of soft tulle! The result was beautiful especially combined with the fitted top.


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