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Princess Tutu Cosplay Part 2

So after ruffling/ironing all the tulle I needed to make the basque and panty. For those who do not know a basque is basically a yoke or large waist band that is attached to the panty. I basically used the shape of a cheerleader’s skirt yoke and worked around that. For the panties I had a swimsuit pattern I used for the panty part.

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 Now a proper tutu basque and pant should be made from strong, non-stretchy fabric. Since mine is just for a costume and non-dance purpose I decided to make the thing out of spandex. In the end it turned out more to be like a practice tutu but is still completely fine. So I used basic white spandex from Jo-Anns (with lots of coupons) and nude lining. After sewing together and adding the elastic it looked like this:

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Please excuse the awkward yoga pants/mirror picture but you get the general idea.

So after that was assemble it was time for the attaching of the tulle to the actually panty. I would not say it was extremely difficult just time consuming (and needle consuming). Obviously a nice classical tutu is quite large. So trying to sew it on my tiny sewing machine was hard but I still managed to complete the task. I started by marking with a fabric pen where I wanted my layers:

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After marking I pinned and gathered each section of tulle by layer. I made about a 3 inch overlap on the part where the two ends of the tulle would meet. Sewed them down with a zigzag stitch. Repeated for 10 layers.

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Ahhh! So much tulle!!

So after all the layers were sewn on, it looked like this:

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Yay It looks like a tutu 😀 Now to tackle the extreme puffy tutu by tacking/quilting the layers together. First I ironed all of the layers (yay more ironing). Then to tack the tutu I basically started at the bottom and worked my way up. I used an upholstery needle with two strands of heavy duty pink thread. I started at the second from the bottom layer went up to the first layer. After this I pulled the needle down to the third from the bottom layer then back up to the second, down to the fourth, etc. I did this for layer 1 through 5 from the bottom. I did layers 5-8 in the same manner. I left the top two layers untacked because it was extremely see through. For a proper tutu you would need to tack all the layers down so they don’t fly everywhere when the dancer is performing. I am extremely proud of the end result though. I never made a tutu before and it looks pretty good in my eyes. Here is the end product:

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Thanks for reading 😀 Happy cosplaying and sewing!

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Beginnings of Princess Tutu

So as a ballet dancer myself I decided I had to cosplay Princess tutu. Not only is the show awesome but the character  design isn’t too shabby either. I highly recommend the anime if you are unfamiliar with it.

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So to start the project off, I decided to make the tutu. This was by no mean an easy task since I decided to make an traditional pancake tutu. After researching the web for quite sometime it became apparent I was going to have to make my own pattern. Proper tutu patterns were too expensive too buy and there was not enough info online to download a pattern. I did happen to find some great blogs/websites that took me through the basic process. Here are some links for anyone else who needs them : 

http://oregonballettheatre.blogspot.com/2008/06/news-from-costume-shop.html

http://emmacostume.blogspot.com/2010/04/notes-on-classical-plate-tutu.html

http://costumeholic.blogspot.com/2010/03/great-ballet-tutu-post.html

I am 5’8″ so I decided to go with a 16 inch tutu with 11 layers no hoop. I decided to do the no hoop for a couple reasons 1. it is just a costume 2. I am going to need to pack it on a air plane 3. money/lack of place to buy it. Now if you are intending to make a proper tutu use the hoop method. There are plenty of websites that sell them.

Here I started off by cutting 4 sections of 54inch tulle of each length. I used two types of tulle; petticoat and regular tulle. Petticoat or crinoline tulle is the heavier/more coarse tulle. Next to the lengths is an “p” or “r” standing for petticoat or regular tulle. 16 r, 14.5 r, 13 p, 11.5(hoop layer if making hoop tutu) p/r , 10 p, 8.5 p, 7 p, 5.5 p, 4 r, 2.5 r, 1.5 r. The petticoat tulle is a MUST it gives the tutu all it shape and helps it stick out properly.

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After all the sections were cut out and sewn together, I needed to dye them pink. I used RIT liquid dye in petal pink using the stove top method. Be forewarn tulle dyes quickly because it is so porous. It took me only 5 mins to get the color I needed O.o

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After dying the fabric it needed to be iron. Now let me tell ya 200 ft of tulle to iron is no walk in the park. It probably took me about an hour and a half to iron the sections. Make sure the iron is one low or you will melt the fabric.

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After being ironed it was time to ruffle/pleat all of the tulle. There are many methods to pleating a tutu. Some people just gather the fabric others use large pleats. I decided to use a ruffler foot to pleat the fabric. I highly recommend this foot! It made the bunch of tiny little pleats and saved me a boat load of time. Best part is I can reuse the foot for any other project that requires gathering or pleating. Now, it still took some time to pleat the tulle with the foot. After all the pleating, surprise more ironing! It took about 2 hours this time.I gather about 2inch-4inch sections of the fabric to create pleats all the way down. Then I ironed them this way as well.

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So all that was left after this was to pin it together and see how it looked! Not going to lie I was kinda nervous that it would stay up without a hoop but the end result was perfect 😀

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That is all for today. I have to attach it to the basque/panty next. Thanks for reading 😀 If you have any questions feel free to ask me on my tumblr or refer to the website links earlier in the post.

 

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