how-to tutu

A few people asked how they can buy the FP tutus from the photo I posted. We do not have them for sale, but Luren from the display team has some tips.
To make these tutus, Luren used camisoles from past FP collections and petticoats she found on the internet. But you can make your own!
It’s easy to make a tutu: just find a color range of tulle and netting at your local fabric store and a thick band of elastic. If you have a sewing machine you can sew tiers of tulle onto the elastic band in a pleat-y way, folding an inch of the tulle under itself and sewing that inch, then folding more tulle under and sewing that inch so you’re making pleat after pleat after pleat right on the elastic band.
You can make several tiers of pleated tulle on a thick elastic band. Then you can add little bands of pleated tulle onto the bottom of the layers of tulle for extra bulk. We layered bright colors under pastel colors so that when you saw the tutus from below you got a special surprise pop of color.
Then we sewed them to Free People camisoles. The effect of this can be achieved with your homemade tutu or any tutu you can find at a thrift store or a dance shop. Most dance shops carry the donut style tutu (really big and thick around the waist) and the more relaxed skirt-y tutu. You can just pin the tutu to the bottom of the camisole all around and then use a needle and thread to whip stitch them together.
Good luck!
Luren (see this entry to learn more about Luren)

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Comments

dina -June 19, 2008, 10:52AM

ohhh , I want one of them :)

LISA -September 26, 2010, 8:26PM

IM TRYING TO FIND THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PETTICOAT… DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND THEM??? THANKS, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE FOR HOLLOWEEN..

Brooke -May 11, 2011, 8:15AM

These are absolutely the cutest thing ever! I made mini tutus for my daughters and they love them!! Thanks for the idea!

Linda -July 29, 2011, 1:50PM

Your DIY’s are absolutley amazing! Went through everything, loved it and will use a lot in the future.
THANK YOU

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