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« on: August 28, 2007 07:35:56 PM »

i want to make an actual tutu!! not those floppy little baby tutu's,
 i want one thats going to stick straight out and be like an actual ballerinas.
like this


not like this


how can i make this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007 07:57:17 PM »

One of my friends makes dance costumes. As far as I know, there is an amazing book that teaches you step by step how to do it (I'll ask her the name), but it takes at least 48 full hours of work (if you're experienced at it) because its actually a bazillion (not the actual amount, but it feels like it) tiny peices of tulle hand pleated and then sewn together.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007 07:23:09 AM »

Making a real tutu is extremely, extremely difficult and time consuming (that's why they cost between $1500 and $5000).  Honestly, having watched dance costume designers work, I would never undertake it myself!
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007 03:56:03 PM »

thats ok   i can do it.
i believe in myself..i just need a tutorial
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007 04:54:20 PM »

You are brave sewer!  Here are a couple of sites to try.  I didn't read their instructions, so I'm not sure how real the tutus will turn out to be, but you can take a look:

http://www.ballet.co.uk/dcforum/training/467.html
www.tutuinfo.com

I'd love to see pictures of your tutu when you are finished!
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007 11:05:05 AM »

YES, it is possible for novice sewers to make tutus.  at my daughter's dance studio we made 4 of them, 2 romantic (long and flowing) and 2 with flat plates (or pancakes).  Here is a website that will help you.  http://tutuinfo.com/library.html

a few suggestions :
Your machine will need to be cleaned after sewing through all the tuile. 
When sewing the gathering lines on the tuile, make sure you have enough thread on the bobbin, to go completely across the large amount of tuile. 
Instead of scissors, use a rotary cutter on a self-healing cutting mats, with a metal ruller or T square.  The edges will be straighter.
Use dental floss to handsew places together that you do not want to fall apart while dancing. 
There are  a lot of hidden stitches in the process, but you only need to worry about how it looks on the outside.  (I was appalled when my daughter used black thread on a seam, but it never showed on the outside.)
This is a very time consuming project but well worth it. Let me know if you'd like to see photos of our finished tutus.

Good luck and be sure to show us photos. -busyyarn
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007 03:14:24 PM »

this is why i love craftsters...everyone is so damn helpful!!
I'd love to see photos!


side note:

(i want to make more then one, my sister (20) has always wanted to be a ballerina since she was 4, and she wants  to be one for Halloween...
but her version is her two favorite things put together..
  A BALLERINA-GOLDFISH!
so I'm making this awful sparkley orange costume for her.
but its so cute in the weirdest way.
ill be sure to show you pictures so you can understand more.)
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2007 07:52:18 PM »

I'm glad I'm not the only one that wants to make a real tutu.I'd just love to do it to see how they are made.I may have a link to that book on making tutu's I think it's like 30.00 but sometimes your local library can order things like that for you so you don't have to buy them.
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