Tutus

The dance company I dance in is always looking for inexpensive, but good, costuming.  The result is that we make a lot of what we use.  For this piece, we needed an edgy look, so I made black and red tutus from tulle, grosgrain ribbon, and hooks for the closuPinned Tullere.  As you can see from the photo, it’s not complicated.

  1. Just measure your waist for the ribbon length and add a couple of inches so the ends can overlap.
  2. Cut your tulle about 3 times as long as your waist measurement.
  3. Fold the tulle length wise.
  4. On the folded end of the tulle, fold the tulle over about 2 inches.
  5. Now start pleating the tulle and pin it to the ribbon.  You want to attach the tulle “upside down”, so that the fabric folds over the seam as it hangs to give the skirt some fullness.
  6. Then just sew it down.

My tutus have 2 rows of tulle, but you can do as many as you like.

Modelled Costume

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About micheletobias

I lead two lives - one as an artist and the other as a scientist. More and more I'm finding my two worlds colliding, and it's not the disaster you might expect. View all posts by micheletobias

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