The tulle aisle caught my eye at the fabric store a while back. Here’s a short list of what I love about tulle fabric.
- I love that it comes in a rainbow of colors.
- I love that it is widely available.
- I love the airy look of tulle.
- I love the volume and body of tulle.
- I love that it is transparent and you can layer colors for a cool look.
I decided right then and there that my next sewing pattern would involve tulle. This week the Kylie Party Dress pattern was released in the shop and it features tulle!
This dress shows off everything I love about tulle!
- For the knit fabric portion of the dress I picked up a t-shirt from the store and matched it to one of the many colors of tulle.
- The short layered ruffles add volume to the dress.
- The layers of transparent tulle add an airy texture that is stunning.
- I have played a little with layering colors of tulle and it is kind of mind blowing the effects you can get.
With my recent obsession with tulle I’ve learned a few things that will help you when choosing tulle for your next project.
What is Tulle?
Tulle is a netting fabric that is commonly made out of nylon, rayon or silk. What it’s made of effects the look, feel, drape and the durability of the fabric. It can also come in a variety of finishes from matte, to shiny, glitter or metallic. As you are taking a closer look at tulle you may stumble on other similar fabrics labeled mesh or netting. Depending on your pattern and the properties of the fabric, they may be used in place of tulle.
Craft tulle is usually made of nylon, comes in a variety of colors and is transparent. At the store you will often find it displayed together. It is inexpensive, less then $2-$3/yard. Craft tulle is less durable then other tulle but for doll clothes it is not always an issue. For example if your project has short ruffles, durability is not as much of an issue and craft tulle would work great. (The pattern photos of the Kylie Party Dress are made with craft tulle.)
Dress tulle is made of nylon, rayon or silk. It is found at the store with the special occasion fabrics and can vary from transparent to opaque. You will pay more for dress tulle. It is more durable and can have a beautiful drape. For example if your project has a long skirt that needs a beautiful drape, you may want a higher quality dress tulle.
Tulle is a beautiful fabric that’s widely available. I hope you find this helpful to get started on your next project with tulle!