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Simplicity® Pattern #0298: Cutting Layouts and Sewing Tips for Wired Tulle Fabric

Note: You can also use Simplicity® pattern #2398. See pattern cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

Wired Tulle
Wired edge tulle fabric has a floaty, unique feel that is truly special. To get the look you see here, use these special cutting layouts along with pattern #0298 (you can also use pattern #2398), designed by Jessica McClintock for Simplicity®. We have provided layouts for one or three layers of wired tulle fabric overskirts. See Tips provided to help you get great results working with wired tulle fabric.

CUTTING LAYOUT FOR WIRED TULLE FABRIC


Single Overskirt

Includes Bodice Overlay, Halter Straps and Single Overskirt
  • Total yardage required for all sizes: 2 1/2 yards
  • Use pattern pieces 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 17
  • Cut pieces crosswise of 58"-60" wide fabric as shown here

    Layout 1


CUTTING LAYOUT FOR WIRED TULLE FABRIC


Additional Overskirt Layers

Includes 2 Overskirts
  • Total yardage required for all sizes: 5 yards
  • Use pattern pieces 16, 17
  • Cut pieces crosswise of 58"-60" wide fabric as shown here

    Layout 2


TO GET THE LOOK SEEN ON IN-STORE MODEL, WITH 3 OVERSKIRT LAYERS:

  • Purchase 7 1/2 yards of wired tulle fabric
  • Use both cutting layouts together
  • After cutting, you will have pieces for bodice overlay, halter straps and 3 overskirts of wired tulle fabric

SIMPLICITY® PATTERN #0298:


Tips for Working with Wired Tulle Fabric
  1. Determine the finished length of dress before cutting. Disregard hem allowance on overskirt sections.
  2. Cut all pieces crosswise, following the cutting layout diagrams shown above.
  3. When assembling the skirt sections, stitch the seams of each layer separately. Carefully clip center back seam allowance of each layer at notch as far as the seam line.
  4. When stitching the seams of overskirt sections, stitch each seam a second time close to first row of stitching and trim away seam allowance close to the second stitching.
  5. For the lower edge, where the wire is, take a few small hand stitches around the wire to keep it from slipping out of the edge of the tulle fabric.
  6. If you're doing a skirt with 3 wired tulle layers, baste all layers together within the seam allowances to hold them together, letting you put the gathering stitches through all layers at once.
  7. Finish assembling the dress, following the remaining sewing directions on pattern #0298 (you can also use pattern #2398) instruction sheet.
  8. The finished length of underskirt should be approximately ½" shorter than the overskirt section(s). The wired edge of the tulle will lift each layer, so making the underskirt shorter will keep it from peeking out from underneath.
  9. Allow dress to hang overnight before hemming the underskirt – the underskirt is cut on the bias grain, which will stretch naturally. After it has "grown" a bit, trim the hem as needed in preparation for hemming and finishing. Hem as instructed in pattern #0298 (you can also use pattern #2398) sewing directions.
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