Make this elegant gown from soft fine-gauge tulle -- the same whisper-weight fabric used in wedding veils. (Thicker, coarser tulle might feel scratchy.)
Photography: Bryan Gardner
Martha Stewart Living, October 2013
Make ruffles for neck: Cut 6 layers of 5-inch-by- 108-inch tulle. Sew together layers along one long edge. Gently pull thread at end to gather layers into a ruffle (this one is approximately 16 inches wide). Repeat with six 7-inch-long layers of tulle. Hand-stitch ruffles together lengthwise, near gathers.
Stack 6 layers of tulle that are as long as your desired gown. Sew them at one 108-inch end in same manner as ruffles, pulling thread to gather to the same width.
Hand-stitch neck ruffles to gown. Sew a 12-inch piece of grosgrain ribbon to end of stitching on each side.
To wear, tie ribbon behind neck. Leave top 3 layers of tulle loose in front of body, and pull other layers around waist, forming a skirt shape. Pin them together in back; tie ribbon around waist as a sash.