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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Grownup Ballerina Costume w/ homemade tutu on: November 01, 2009 11:42:37 AM
Nice tut tut  Smiley But I really wanted to comment on the shoes, too! Love them! How did you get the ribbon ties to stay up? I made some similar shoes for my costume, and the ribbon was supposed to lace up to my knee, but I only managed to take about 5 steps before the ribbon fell down to my ankles  Sad

Oh I had the same problem!  I used grossgrain ribbon and I started beneath my foot and just criss-crossed on the way up my leg.  I wanted to end the criss-crosses with one loop straight across the top but that didn't work out because it just unravelled... So instead I just tied my bow and then used a safety-pin to hold it up in the back.  I guess that wouldn't work if you weren't wearing tights, but you could try that double-sided "fashion" tape - that usually sticks pretty good too.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Grownup Ballerina Costume w/ homemade tutu on: October 30, 2009 12:41:52 PM
I have been craftster-ing for a while but never post things myself, but I am just so proud of my costume this year!  I hope this is the right place to put it


I made a tutu to be a ballerina.  I looked all over craftster and the internet for instructions on making a tutu and I had a really hard time finding them.... Everything I found in my searches pertained to making a "no-sew" tutu but I really wanted it to be a single layer of tulle all around.

Using some help from the instruction in this youtube video, I set out to do this myself.

Here's what to do.  This is my first tutorial, and it was much more difficult than I expected.  But it IS a tututorial (get it? tutu-tutorial?!)

1. Buy Tulle.  I got 4 yards of a fuscia and 2 yds of light pink.  4 yards is just about 4 times my waist measurement because I wanted it to be nice and poofy.  You should buy a length of tulle that is about 4 times your waist size.

2. Cut the tulle.  I opened it up lengthwise, and then folded it up to make it much easier to cut through all of the layers.  I measured the layers to be 12" long each.  When finished, I had 8 pieces of tulle, so that would be 8 layers of my tutu.


3. Sew along the long edge of each piece of tulle.  I did this by hand, but you could do it with a machine.  Keep the ends of the thread long to make it easier to gather!  I gathered ALL of my layers first and pinned them to a scrap piece of fabric to hold them in place.



4.  After that's done, it's time to start sewing.  Cut a long piece of fabric, about 4" x 40" for the waistband.  (Well the length should be your actual waist size plus a couple of inches extra.)  Gather the tulle to the size of your waist.  Then, pin your tulle so that the gathered edge is in the center of the fabric strip.  The next layer will also be pinned with the gathers in the center of the fabric, but it should be facing the opposite direction (see pictures).  By the way this piece of fabric should be RIGHT SIDE UP.




5. Start sewing!! I'd recommend you sew one layer at a time.  You will continue adding the next layers ON TOP of the existing layers that you've sewn.  You either want to sew exactly on top of the previous stitches, or slightly more towards the center of the waistband strip.


6. Don't get discouraged!  You will have quite the mess of tulle


7.  I don't have pics for the next couple of steps, but what you are going to do is fold over your tulle so that all the seams are hidden in the middle.  Match up the edges of the waistband fabric strip (the long way) and just sew it together.  This is actually going to create a casing for your elastic band inside.  Don't worry about the ugly seam because we will cover that up in the next step.

8. Get some extra wide double fold quilt binding in a coordinating color.  This was the day before I needed the tutu so I used brown, but it looks fine to me!  Fold the bias tape over the ugly seam that is currently exposed, pin, and sew!  Sew close enough to the edge to catch all of the fabric beneath it while leaving the casing for your elastic.


9.  Now, get your ribbon or elastic band or whatever you are using to tie up your tutu.  Pin a safety-pin on the end and stick it through the casing that you've closed up nicely in step 8.  Work the safety pin/ribbon like a worm through the casing until it comes out the other end.  Now is a good time to finish the yucky ends of that casing.  You should be able to fold the casing onto itself and just sew it shut!  Make sure the length is correct before you enclose that ribbon.


10.  That's it!  Don't get frustrated throughout the project... the tulle seems fragile but just go slow when sewing if you need to!  You can use that extra long ribbon to tie your tutu on in the back!  If you left the length of tulle a little longer than your waist and then enclosed an elastic band, you should be able to get it to cover the rest of your bum!

3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Boston Cream Cupcakes on: April 11, 2009 03:09:23 PM
yummm what a great idea.  boston creme is my fave!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 25, 2008 09:35:31 AM
This is so funny because I made this just yesterday and I call it "crack" too!  I use a whole cup of brown sugar and walnuts, but I'm sure it's equally delicious either way  Smiley

Oh and it's also awesome with white chocolate!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My BurdaStyle Azalea Dress on: August 17, 2008 04:07:45 AM
I just printed this out yesterday to try also.  Yours came out awesome!

I had mine printed at kinkos on 3 ft wide paper so hopefully that will make it a little less frustrating.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: super sexy robot wallet on: August 10, 2008 03:08:33 PM
That is very cool, awesome fabric.  I don't know if this is allowed but I saw this video today and it's called "sexy robot" just like your wallet, too funny http://www.gigglesugar.com/1793831
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Singlet Shopping Bag - how I do the handles TUTORIAL (now with fixed picture on: August 02, 2008 05:44:08 AM
you are both very smart to have figured out an easier way to do those handles!  i was about to make another one of those bags today and i found that to be the most difficult part.  not anymore, though.

thank you both for your insight Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Got an iPod Nano? Need a pouch for it? on: August 02, 2008 05:29:28 AM
what a clever idea to use a button-hole for the earbuds!  i made a cozy just like this but would put the ipod in upside-down so the wire had somewhere to go.  thanks for the inspiration to make a new one!  and your directions are very clear, too Smiley
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: A quick trip to the beach! on: July 27, 2008 10:57:26 AM
such a clever idea... i bet it was delicious, too  Smiley
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Beach cupcakes? on: July 27, 2008 10:56:00 AM
oh my gosh, those are great.

here's another idea posted recently using a whole cake as the beach:
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