DIY Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt

Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt DIY
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When I first started seeing Anthropologie’s Karinska Tulle Skirt around the blogosphere (specifically on Atlantic Pacific), I knew I had to have it. I also knew, however, that at $188, I wasn’t in a hurry to buy it. Then, when I saw that it went out of stock on Anthropologie, I realized I could make it for a fraction of the cost. Over winter break, as part of my resolution to do more creative projects, I took on the task of recreating this skirt.

Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt DIY
Materials Used:

  • 16 yards of ivory tulle – This is going to depend on how large your waist is, how long you want the skirt to be, and how many layers you want. For me, I wanted the skirt to graze the top of my knees (it’s a little shorter than the Anthropologie version) and I wanted six layers of tulle. To get the “candlelight” look of Anthopologie’s skirt, I used ivory tulle over a white lining, but you can of course make this skirt in any color scheme.
  • 2 yards of white silk lining – This again will depend on what length you want your skirt to be. You can pick any lining style you want, I chose one of the white fashion fabrics at Joann Fabrics. It’s going to be covered by six layers of tulle, so it doesn’t need to be incredibly nice.
  • An “invisible” zipper in matching color – This should probably be between 5 and 9 inches long, just long enough to reach from your natural waist to the widest part of your hips.
  • Ribbon – This should be at least the length of your natural waist (the skinniest part of your body) and can be in either a matching or a complimentary color. I chose white because of the Anthropologie model, but a bright contrast could look great too. I chose a grosgrain ribbon, but you can choose another if you want. I would avoid “wired” ribbons, though.
  • Thread in a matching color

Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt DIY

  1. Start by cutting your tulle into circle skirts (here’s a good tutorial, if you’re fuzzy on how to do this). Make six circles of tulle with the length of the skirt the distance from your natural waist to your desired length. Try to keep the edges neat because you do not want to hem all that tulle. Also, when measuring your waist, cut it out a little on the smaller side, because parts of the fabric will stretch when cut.
  2. Stack the tulle layers and baste the waists together for stability. If the tulle is a little bit bigger than your waist, pull the ends of your basting thread to scrunch up the tulle.
  3. Cut out another circle skirt, this time in the lining fabric. Hem this fabric along the bottom edge of the skirt.
  4. Sew the lining to the tulle, and finish it either by serging if you have a serger or with a doublestitch (sew a straight line, then sew a zig zag line close to it and trim the fabric up to the zigzag line). Cut off the excess seams beyond the stiching to make the skirt nice and neat.
  5. Measure out a piece of ribbon a little longer than your natural waist. Pin it tightly to the waist of your skirt, and sew the two pieces together, trimming the seam to make it neat.
  6. Cut a slit into the back of your skirt the length you want your zipper to go (probably around six inches). Following your zipper’s sewing instructions, sew the zipper in the lining layer, letting the other tulle layers float free. Trim all dangling threads and jagged edges.

Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt DIY
Voila! You’ve finished your skirt. Wear it styled with a bustier as in the Anthropologie ads, or wear it with a plaid shirt and pearls like Atlantic Pacific. The possibilities for ethereal glamour are (almost) endless. The Sartorialist even recently posted about the ballerina look. And don’t worry about it being too fancy for whatever occasion – it’s always the best time to look your best, even at the grocery store.

On Ginny: bustier/Victoria’s Secret (old), skirt/DIY, belt/Anthropologie, shoes/Target
All photos bowtiesandbaubles, save for photos 2 (Anthropologie) and 3 (Atlantic-Pacific).

Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt DIY

Good Luck!

Ginny

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23 Comments on “DIY Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt”

  1. susan hall says:

    This looks like fun!!! I can’t wait to make it!! Thank you

  2. Ali Shah says:

    Looks super rad! Kinda reminds me of SJP’s tutu skirt in Sex and the City’s opening credits.
    Kudos!

  3. M says:

    I’m kind of confused on how you put the zipper in and leave the tulle layers loose…

    • bowtiesandbaubles says:

      When you add the zipper in, cut about a centimeter of tulle away from the back-center slit. Focus on just the lining and the ribbon waistband, and sew the zipper in according to your zipper instructions (it doesn’t have to be super neat since most of it will be hidden under the tulle). The rest of the tulle should just have a slit in it (i.e. not be attached to the zipper). Because the tulle puffs up so much and moves a lot, it should cover up the zipper (see the second to last photo).

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  5. Jnetts says:

    would the zipper be completely necessary if you just used elastic to make your waist?

    • If you use elastic, you’ll have to change the style of the skirt from a plain circle skirt to a gathered skirt or a gathered circle skirt also in order to let the tulle/lining also stretch with the elastic. If you don’t want to use a zipper but still want a pure circle skirt, you could also try using snaps or hook and eyes to close the skirt. For hook and eyes or other fasteners, you could leave a slit in the skirt long enough for the skirt to fit over your hips, and then attach a couple of fasteners at the waistband, making sure that the fabric on either side of the slit overlaps. The tulle can remain slit, and the volume should cover up the appearance of the hole.

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  7. M says:

    Did you have to add some sort of seam in your tulle because the circle skirt didn’t fit on the 45″ wide side of the fabric?? Thanks!

    • bowtiesandbaubles says:

      I don’t have seams in my tulle – I believe the fabric I used was 60″ wide. I would look for tulle at least that wide when making this skirt. Good luck!

  8. Amber says:

    When you made the 6 layers of tulle did you cut each circle separately or did you cut them all at once? if you did cut them separately what size squares did you cut them down too?

    • bowtiesandbaubles says:

      I think I either cut two at a time or separately – I would avoid cutting all six at at time because it might get harder to make neat cuts. When cutting them, you can fold the fabric in quarters (so in half and then in half again). Measure your waist and divide that by four, taking a piece of measuring tape a little less than 1/4th your waist size (because of the way fabric stretches, the interior circle will end up being a little larger than you cut it) and arranging it on the interior corner of the square (where the center of the circle will be when you unfold it). Mark down that line. Then, figure out how long you want the skirt to be from your waist – mine’s a little less than two feet. Measure that distance from where you marked the waist off on the sides and at a couple points in the middle and draw or pin a line connecting those dots. That will be the bottom of the skirt. All in all, my square of folded fabric was probably around 27 inches long on all sides, which meant that when unfolded, it was probably 54″ x 54″. I hope that helps!

      • Amber says:

        Thanks so much! This helped a lot. I finished my skirt and it turned out wonderful! Great tutorial I can’t wait to make another.

  9. KM says:

    Can’t wait to try this! How would you recommend washing it after wearing it a few times/if something spills on it?

  10. btgpe says:

    Love this! I’m going to have a go with my mum shortly… Will post pics when we’re done x

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  13. Emma A says:

    How much did it cost for all of your tulle/materials? I have been dreaming about making one of these for months but just didn’t know how much tulle to get.

    • bowtiesandbaubles says:

      I think I probably bought 9 or 10 yards of 60 in tulle (I made six layers of tulle skirting). Most tulle is pretty cheap though – so that part probably came out to $20, plus fabric stores like Joann fabrics almost always have great coupons, so you can use those.

      • Emma A says:

        Great! Thank you so much! Off to Joann’s tomorrow with their new 25% off your whole purchase coupon.


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