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« on: November 05, 2007 10:00:22 PM »

So I was looking for a fairly simple project I could do while watching a week's worth of DVR'd TV shows and saw a post about tutus. Tutus being representative of my love of all things girly, I did a quick search and pulled up no less than 25 (!) pages in the Clothing board...looks like plenty of other Craftsters like tutus, too! Having tried to make a petticoat before, I had bad memories of working with tulle but the words "easy no-sew tutu" was like a heavenly choir of seraphim to my lazy craftin' ears...

Anyway, long story short (sorry for being long-winded, but I don't post often. I'll try to work on my rather rambling style in future posts...) -- As I don't have 10 posts yet, I can't post pics so the links are there...

Here is my version of the no-sew tutu:


And a close-up of the knotted strips of tulle on the ribbon waistband:


And the whole shebang modelled by my dressform:


The tutorial can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ambrosialove/522118984/in/photostream/

Basically, you tie strips of tulle to a ribbon or elastic band the size of your waist. I used 1" wide grosgrain ribbon the length of my low waist -- about midway between my waist and hips (plus extra for tying in a bow) -- for the waistband. I used 2 yards of soft pink tulle. You'll want to cut the strips to be twice as long as you want the tutu to be. The width of the strips and how densely you pack them determines the poufiness. My strips were about 3" wide and spaced about 1/4" apart, which created a moderately poufy tutu. A wider strip of 6" (my first test) was much poufier. Be sure to check out the tutorial because there's a specific way to tie the strips to the ribbon to get them to lie properly...

I think I'll make a waistband out of stretchy fabric to kind of tamp down the pouf on my hips, and to cover the ribbon band.

Happy tutu-making! Now...to figure out something to wear underneath my tutu. I'm not a teenager, and I'm not that brave anymore.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007 10:22:01 PM »

Oh my goodness I love that! It goes perfect with the top Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007 10:59:01 PM »

 Shocked i want that tutu  Smiley and the shirt
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007 01:18:21 AM »

oh i love the tutu!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007 12:18:55 PM »

Hey have you been spying on me lately? I made a tutu for my daughter a while back using the exact same tutorial and exact same color of tulle! You can see it HERE . Anyway yours is really cute.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2007 01:54:06 PM »

Hey have you been spying on me lately? I made a tutu for my daughter a while back using the exact same tutorial and exact same color of tulle! You can see it HERE . Anyway yours is really cute.

lol No spying - I guess great minds think alike! That's so funny. I think like the colour of your tulle a little better than mine...

Thanks for the comments! I wore my tutu today under a short black pleated skirt - wasn't brave enough to wear it alone...It made a perfect crinoline, and looked pretty next to my black and white striped stockings.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007 06:48:56 PM »

i love love love it!!! 
i have a fear of tulle, but this seems so much easier than trying to sew it, i might try it. hmmmm 
great job! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2007 11:18:39 PM »

Brilliant!  This is just the thing I need for next summer's Oregon Country Fair!
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2007 02:46:19 AM »

thankyou so much! i've been wanting a tutu for awhile now and now i can make one easily. i love being a teenager! im gonna make one over my next few weekends and wear it after my exams! Cheesy
once again thankyou so much!
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008 01:37:27 AM »

Wow  I really love this! and the t-shirt really nailes it.
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