Fairy wood imp frippery? NOT for YOU!
you seek the most groovalicious of ALL tutus.
One that shows the universe your ultimate love for firefighters, farm houses and pink pirates.
A tutu that's all about YOU!
Because what else is there, but YOU in a tutu?
here's an easy peasy method* to construct a custom theme tutu suitable for your over the top fashion moments.
make one for yourself, your better half, your mom.
heck make it a family affair and do one for your dog.
(that'ill really make me smile!)
this ible shows the creation of a tutu where I am rippin' up crazy fabrics, sewing with black light reactive ribbons and threads while rockin' out to Radio Sing-Sing.
make one or ten and then please please post picsof your tutu prance.
- I work with fabrics everyday so I have lots of tools that the home sewer may not have. I actually used four different machines to construct this tutu. DON'T DESPAIR! Use your tools, fabrics and trims to the best of your ability. Remember the important aspect is the design...not the method.
By all means please remember it's just a tutu.
It's supposed to make you, and everyone around you, smile!
Step 1: Deconstruct the TuTu
Google it, 'cause that's NOT what we are making.
We are actually making a very short crinoline or pouffy petticoat- but the name is not as groovalicious as a 'tutu'.
Seriously, who wants to wear a crinoline these days? You did click the crin link, yes? Pfft not wearin that!
Much more groovy to think about Desmond anyway.
Now that you know the rules.....lets break them and deconstruct the tutu.
As an example I am using my favorite BRC '08 tutu.
its all in the pics.
Step 2: Select Your Fabrics With Care
Alexander Henry fabrics are a great source.
Or design your own with Spoonflower!
Let this choice guide the rest of your fabric selection.
When picking your main fabric look for prints that have a horizontal repetition from selvedge to selvedge, this will become the main 'ribbon' thru the tutu. Just like the image of the pink pirates.
All other fabric choices are derived from this theme fabric.
Select about 3- 5 colors/materials.
For todays' tutu:
waistband 4"x 60" (the width of the fabric) rip 1
Tier 1 - 3.5" x 60" rip 2
Tier 2 - 4" x 60" rip 4
Tier 3 - 3.5" x 45" rip 6
Tier 4 - 3" x 60" rip 8
(if you look at the Step 1 photo notes you'll see the measures for the Pink Pirate)
rip? - whats that about you ask.....
Choose materials that are stiff - organzas, dupionis, tafatta.
these will help add volume to your tutu.
Frills Frills Frills!
Once you have selected your fabrics then make sure the edges are straight.
About 2" from the cut edge cut into your fabric (perpendicular to the selvedge) and carefully rip it to the other selvedge side.
Things to look for:
1. Is the fabric ripping straight? Some less expensive fabrics are woven 'funny' so that the tear will not follow the grain. If you insist on using this fabric you will have to cut it. gasp.
2. Is the fabric ripping straight, but the cut edge is crooked? This is fine, just get your fabric to the point where you can rip from one selvedge to the other. It just shows that whomever cut the fabric was cockeyed with their cutting tool.
3. Patterns like the pirate tutu - NEVER RIP! You have to cut the fabric as the print rarely follows the fabric grain.
<sigh> yes, I am lazy and rip all my fabrics especially the silks.
Step 3: Waistband
Cut into your fabric about 3" perpendicular to the selvedge edge.
Then RIPPPPPPP your fabric.*
Check the selvedge ends for equal measure.
Fold it in half, with wrong sides together, and press.
*you read Step 2 yes?
Step 4: Tier 1 - PINK!
I used 60" wide nylon fabric from the recreational section of my local fabric store.
Each strip is 3.5" wide and 60" long.
With right sides together sew the strips together to form a PINK! 'ribbon'.
Step 5: Tier 2 - Green Murkiness
Each strip is 4" wide and 60" long.
With right sides together sew the strips together to form a 'ribbon'.
Step 6: Tier 3 - Pornj*
Each strip is 3.5" wide and 45" long.
With right sides together sew the strips together to form a pornj ribbon.
- Disorient lexicon pink+ orange = pornj
Step 7: Tier 4 - More Green Murkiness
Each strip is 3" wide and 60" long.
With right sides together sew ALL the strips together to form a 'ribbon'.
Be sure to keep all the right sides together!
Moebius maybe goshdarn cute in a tutu, but a mobius strip in the sewing room is not.
Speed it up!
Make it Easy!
ProTips are in the photos.......
Step 8: Check It Out.....
Is this what you desire?
I said NOOOOO!
Not happy at all.
Step 9: Embellish!
Consider it a bonus round....but then again I am known to make my own fabrics*.
Embellishment is all about personal choice.
What supports your design theme?
What random supplies happen to be on the ready?
How can I help this bland fabric sparkle?
Try to embellish before you gather as shown in the next step, it sooooo much easier.
But, sometimes ya have to pinch hit.
Step 10: Mark and Gather
I place a pin on the bottom edge of each tier at the quarter points.
This will help keep the gathers evenly balances as the tiers are connected.
Gather the top edge of each tier.
I use a differential feed on my serger.
You might use a basting stitch, zig-zag over a string or perhaps just push-feed-gather as you sew.
What ever works.
Just get'r done!
Gather the top edge of every Tier.
Step 11: Check It Out!
Yes, my eyes hurt so I know I'm on the path to G3*.
- glowy groovalicious goodness
Step 12: Start at the Bottom of the Tutu
Lets start at the bottom and work our way up up up!
Submit to the lowest level.
It's easier this way.
Actually, go a tad lower.....
I use a serger to bind the raw edge with neon orange thread.
You might use pinking shears, zig-zag, trim or leave it raw?
What ever you wish.
Its sooooo exciting!!!
Step 13: Sew Teir 4 to Tier 3
Pin bottom of Tier 3 to the gathered top of Tier 4 with right sides together matching quarter points and sew!
Sew with the gathered side facing up. This allows you more control over the gathers.
What to do with the excess?
Go see Michelle!
Step 14: Sew Tier 3 to Tier 2
Sew with the gathered side up for the most control.
Scheeze not again?
Okay, cut it.
Step 15: Sew Tier 2 to Tier 1
Sew with the gathered side up for the most control.
Knock it off already, just cut it.
Step 16: Sew Tier 1 to Waistband
Let's get it right this time okay?
After all that practice you should be a pro!
Pretty Pretty Pretty says the Great Tyrant.
Step 17: Its Time for Mr. Stretchy!
I am so excited to share it with you!
Measure the elastic to fit your waist snug yet comfortable.
Mark it with a pen.
Slip the elastic into the open side of the waistband.
Pin and sew at one end. Make sure its secure.
Using a zipper foot and straight stitch sew the waist band shut.
Finish the raw edge of the waistband.
Pull the elastic thru till you see your marking.
Pin the elastic.
Step 18: Sew Side Seam
the anticipation is killing me.........