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DIY Chiffon Petti Skirt Tutu

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Until you have had to dress up a little girl, you don’t realize there are two types of tutus: the no sew tutus and the chiffon tutus. You’ve seen the DIY No Sew Tutu tutorial I had a few months ago, now here is the chiffon version.

My awesome tutu tutorial shows you how to make one that is ultra soft with a satin top tier with two tiers of soft nylon chiffon that features a no-roll, no-fuss elasticized waist. Your little girls will love this. Here’s an example of the tutu I created for my own daughter:

DIY Tutu and Petti Skirt Chiffon

Here’s how fluffy the skirt is once its made:

DIY Tutu and Petti Skirt Chiffon

Here’s the skirt in action. I made the satin tier a tad too big, so adjust accordingly.

Disclaimer: These chiffon petti skirt tutus are harder than the DIY No Sew Tutus. It takes a little finesse, but if I CAN do it, YOU CAN do it too. I’m not a seamstress by any means.

NOTES:

You are making a TWO LAYER skirt. Each LAYER has FOUR TIERS. Its important you understand the difference between the layer and the tiers so you can understand what materials you need. This means that the skirt has two layers (almost like two skirts sewed together). The tiers for each layer represent the chiffon and satin strips (in the above picture – 1. pink satin 2. white chiffon 3. white chiffon 4. narrow pink chiffon).

In this tutorial, you will NOT need a ruffle foot for your sewing machine. We will be gathering by hand with the machine (easier than it sounds).

COMMON MATERIALS:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Pre-cut rolls of nylon chiffon (do not use polyester or else it will fray). See below for how much you need based on skirt size
  • Satin or satin polyester for the top waist tier
  • 2 Spools of matching thread for nylon chiffon. If you are doing contrasting colors, you may need another pair of thread colors to match.
  • 1 Yard of 2 inch wide waistband elastic

WHERE TO PURCHASE:

  • The pre-cut rolls of nylon chiffon can be purchased at AFC Express, they have an awesome selection of colors and even patterns for chiffon (think animal print) and also the best prices. They also ship for free if your order is over $100 (if you don’t plan on buying this much, have a tutu party with your girlfriends to order them together).
  • AFC Express also has matching colors for the satin polyster for the top waist tier – so I would purchase that there as well.

Materials for Infant to 12-months:

  • For the ruffle chiffon fluff tier: 2 inch x 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • For the two body chiffon tier: 3 inch by 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • Satin size: See Step 4

Materials for 12-months to 2T:

  • For the ruffle chiffon fluff tier: 2 inch x 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • For the two body chiffon tier: 4 inch by 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • Satin size: See Step 4

Materials for 2T to 4T:

  • For the ruffle chiffon fluff tier: 3 inch x 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • For the two body chiffon tier: 5 inch by 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
  • Satin size: See Step 4

Step 1: Sewing to ruffle chiffon fluff tier to one of the body chiffon tiers

First and foremost, figure out how you are going to not make a crazy mess with your chiffon rolls unraveling. Tip: Find a basket with holes and put the roll on a pencil, then you have yourself a chiffon roll dispenser.

Once you got that figured out, place the body chiffon layer under the sewing foot at the 1/4″ mark. Then, on top of that layer, place the ruffle chiffon layer with the sewing foot in the MIDDLE. You are going to then gather the ruffle chiffon ruffle under the foot a little and sew straight down the middle (sewing only 1/4″ of the body). Keep on sewing and back-stich every few feet. Stop when you have 10 yards of this and cut it off.

Do this again – remember we are making TWO LAYERS. At the end of this, you should have a 2 piles of 10 yards long of little ruffles on a body tier.

Step 2: Sew the short ends together to make two circles

For each pile, you are going to untwist the fabric and align it so it makes a large circle. Next, you will be sewing the 2 short ends together. So you should now have two circle tiers.

Step 3: Sewing on the last body chiffon tier

Next, put the new chiffon body tier on the sewing machine (typically, its the same color roll). Take one of the large circles you created, and use the section where you sewed the short ends together as your starting point.

Now you are going to gather this already ruffled body to the new chiffon body tier. So, manually again gather with your hands, and take it all the way around the circle. Once you get to the end of the circle, go maybe half an inch over. Cut the chiffon body tier roll off.

Sew the short end together where you just cut it. You should now have one layer with a ruffle tier, a first body tier, and a second body tier.

Do it again for the second layer.

Step 4: Cutting the satin waist tier fabric

Let’s forget all about the chiffon for now. We need to cut the satin waist tier fabric.

  • Width = 2 X waist of baby girl
  • Length = 2 x how much drop you want to see for the satin (this should be more at least 3 inches because this tutorial calls for a 2 inch waist band)

For example, my 10.5 month old has an 18″ waist:

  • Width = 2 x 18″ – 36 inches
  • Length = 2 x 7″ = 14 inches

Cut the satin – you should have one long rectangular piece of satin once you are done.

Step 5: Sewing the satin waist tier fabric

Next, you are going to be creating a “casing” for the elastic with this fabric. You are going to sew the short ends of the satin together with the RIGHT SIDES together, but will leave an inch opening so you can put in the elastic. I would recommend pinning this before sewing – measure a couple of inches, place a pin and measure an inch, place another pin, then sew. I would also sew two seams for reinforcement.

Now, fold the fabric down on itself in half – making a waistband. Iron the crease out. You should now have a tube at the top and raw edges (where we will connect the two circles of chiffon later).

Next, you are actually going to make the casing – so from the top folded section, measure 2 1/8″ from the top – and make a seam all the way around.

We’ll add the elastic in a later step.

Step 6: Sewing the chiffon tiers to the OUTER satin tier

Pin the chiffon tier to the bottom front edge of the satin waistband – with right sides together. You are also pinning your manual gathering so that you use up all of the chiffon tiers to the satin tier. Only pin to the OUTER layer of the waistband. Make sure the INNER layer of the waistband is out of the way.

DIY Tutu and Petti Skirt Chiffon

If you flip the skirt around, notice that you can kind of see how it will turn out:

Now sew what you just pinned in place using a 1/4″ inch seam allowance.

Step 7: Sewing the chiffon tiers to the INNER satin tier

Now, turn the skirt and waist band inside out so that the other layer of the waist band is outside (the inner is now outside). Hope that wasn’t too confusing.

Now pin the wrong side of the chiffon layer to the right side of the satin layer. Remember to gather as you pin. Sew in place like you did in Step 6.

This is what it should look like:

Step 8: Elastic

Pick up your elastic waist band. Attach a safety pin to one end and slide the ribbon through the casing of the satin piece. Once you get the ends together, sew them together. Now hand sew the casing together where the opening was.

Now, in order to not have the elastic roll, you will sew 1 inch down from the top of the casing a zig zag stitch in the middle of the elastic. Make sure you stretch the satin and elastic as you sew the zig zag.

That’s it. You should have a pretty petti skirt! Did this tutorial help you at all? If so, leave a comment!

Here is where I based my tutorial (picked the best method from each):

 

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4 comments on “DIY Chiffon Petti Skirt Tutu

  1. Hi Crafty Mom,

    Thanks for your time taking pictures and writing your blogs for every one like myself who want to learn how to make a pettiskirt. My daughter is going to turn 5 years old in 3 months time, and i really love if i could make something special for her. I don’t have sewing skill (but we have sewing machine), I m determine person so I willing to learn. I keep reading your post over and over again, I would like if you could clear this up for me so i can understand a bit more. You mention 2.3.4 (these are chiffon material), and you mention that:

    Materials for 2T to 4T:

    For the ruffle chiffon fluff tier: 3 inch x 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll
    For the two body chiffon tier: 5 inch by 60 yards long nylon chiffon roll

    Is this mean add it all up for the chiffon material you use is about 120 yards?
    As i check the link you suggest on your website http://www.afc-express.com/nylon-chiffon.html , it said $1.84.
    Would you able to give me total how much chiffon you use and how much it cost on the nylon chiffon material for the skirt you make please? Thank you so much for your help.

    Tes

  2. Hi there,

    No problem. If you buy the chiffon from AFC Express, I think it would be about $30 with shipping.

    I would say for the ruffle fluff tier, you need one roll. For the body chiffon tier, you need two rolls.

    Hope that helps!

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