If you think tulle is only for children or ballerina’s… well think again. Tulle is having a major come back right now and we found a great option to bring this feminine trend to you.
We discovered The Tulle Skirt Shop on Etsy and were so impressed in the quality and designs we had to learn more about this sister team we had to share it with you.
Deanna & Sherene have been sewing their whole lives and learn the trade literally at their Mother’s knee. Deanna has a degree in Costume Design and has worked in the Apparel Industry, doing product development and pattern making for companies such as Nike, RYU and Lilac Black. And Sherene has been making clothing for herself and her four children, plus costuming many local theater productions for 30 years. Two and a half years ago Deanna returned to her native Utah and they decided to go in together and give their love of sewing and costuming the creative outlet they have always wished for.
In Sept 2013 they opened their first online Etsy shop – “Costume Collective”. And they say “It was a blast! We had so much fun collaborating on all sorts of costume ideas from Steampunk to Witches to Nativity costumes.” Soon after that they started adding in few other family and friends to join the team as the business began to grow. One of their items – the corset dresses with tulle skirts – began gaining lots of attention on the site, so in April 2014 they opened their second shop of just Tulle Skirts.
Before the Tulle Skirt Shop, they spent lots of time planning their marketing strategy and all the things we would need to do to get the new shop seen and bring in buyers. They say “All of that time was in vain… We had scarcely opened our doors before the orders began coming in. The timing must have been just right. Women were just beginning to have tulle skirts on their fashion radar. And it has only grown from there. We falsely assumed the skirts may be just a spring wedding season item, but each month we continue to see positive growth. We are happy to say it does not show signs of slowing down anytime soon.”
The sisters say that The Tulle Skirt Shop quickly became their main enterprise. “The very feminine nature of tulle skirts brings out the flirty and romantic side of us all.” But even though they sometimes miss working on Costume Collective, they truly love the beautiful skirts created for Tulle Skirt Shop. Every one is custom made to each woman’s specifications. And they work really hard to have great communication with their clients, some of which become quite special to them. They shared a story about one in particular about an older bride wrote such sweet notes from her and her elderly mother that it brought them to tears.
So is there a certain size or shape this look works on or doesn’t? They answered “We get orders for all sizes, it’s been nice to see plus size girls do not feel excluded from tulle.” And we couldn’t agree. This look works for all sizes, shapes and the style crosses even internationally. The Tulle Shop is based in a small rural area but yet they have clients worldwide. They have been so surprised at the numerous countries they have shipped to. “We get an extra kick out of sending skirts to Paris, the fashion capitol of the world.”
So you might be wondering how long you’ll have to wait to receive these one of a kind skirts. We were actually shocked how quickly not only it was make but how fast it arrived at our offices. The Tulle Shop tries their best to work and quickly as possible. They once got a wedding request only one or two weeks before the wedding! And didn’t disappoint.
So you might be wondering how you wear this trend without looking like a kid. There are numerous options. You can either dress it up with a blouse and heels or dress it down with a t-shirt or jacket and flats or even sneakers. We tried a basic soft grey and you could pair it all different types of colors or patterns. They have tons of beautiful colors to make it your own and it comes with layers and layers of tulle. Even though we didn’t have ours lined with a slip it really was quite full to start but we’d recommend adding that if you don’t have one already.
As for sizing: We ordered a specific size that we figured would work on a few of our models but, make sure when you order you let them know where you are measuring from…there’s a big difference between your hips or belly button in inches. We had one girl a little larger and because the skirts come with such a long ribbon to tie in the back we were able to easily remove the eye and hook and just use the ribbon to tie and keep the skirt on. It wasn’t a problem. The quality of the skirt is top notch and even through some wear a tear because the waistband is so well done and thick it will last many years. And yes tulle can be a delicate material and rip, but because they layer with so many layers one rip can easily be removed and you’d never notice it. And you can decide how long you want it be they range from 18-25 so hitting the knee, calf or full length or something in between. What colors or even ribbon color. It’s truly becomes one of kind.
So what’s next for our designers?
Our table skirts are super popular and we are just getting ready to launch our little girl party package that includes a table skirt with matching chair skirts. The chair skirts can, then convert to little girls Tutu party favors that each girl can wear home. They are adorable and two for one! We love it!
Finally we had to ask….What’s the very best part of this business? They say “ that I get to play with my sister everyday!” and we’d have to agree that would be a great way to go to work everyday. Doing what you love with someone you love! Much success to these 2!
For more information visit www.TulleSkirtShop.Etsy.com