Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tutu Time!

Kylee is going to be a ballerina for Halloween, so I decided to make her a tutu because, well, because I wanted to! I found her tights, leotard, and slippers at Wal Mart for pretty cheap. I figured it'd be pretty easy and pretty cheap to make the tutu myself. I didn't have a pattern, but I called my sister (who made one for my neice) and she explained how to do it.

I went to Joann Fabrics and bought this glittered tulle. I got 2 yards, just to be sure I had enough. I think it was $5.99/yd, but I had a 40% off coupon so I got it for a good price.

I cut the tulle in half lenthwise, then cut it in half lengthwise again so I had 4 long, narrow strips.

The ribbon (leftover from my wedding decorations) is the waistband. I basted a long strip of the fabric and gathered it so it was the length of the ribbon. Then I pinned it down to the bottom half of the ribbon to hold it in place. I did this for a total of 3 layers of tulle.

Once I had all 3 layers pinned to the ribbon, I zigzag stitched them down on the sewing machine. To make the waistband look nicer, I folded the top half of the ribbon over the seam of the tulle and straight stitched it down.

This is what I ended up with, although it's not the finished product. I won't show you the finished product until Halloween! I added strips of ribbon to the ends of the tutu so it can be tied on, and I trimmed quite a bit of length off the bottom of the tutu. It's so cute!

And now I have glitter all over my house.


Becky said...

Great Job!!!!! It's beautiful! She'll make a lovely ballerina :)

Kelly or Alex said...

What a wonderful project. Once, I found a beautiful princess dress and thought that I could make it for a heck of alot cheaper than the store was selling it for. Boy, I should have bought the dress. LOL.
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Deb said...

What a gorgeous tutu but the look on Kylee's face is worth all the effort you've put into it. I can't wait to see the picture of her on Halloween!! Great Job Katie girl! Love you, Momma

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