This is a simple little tutu for a very young dancer. Pastel and white with a little glimmer is a good choice for a first tutu.
The leotard has a simple sweetheart neckline which is suitable for a young dancer. The skirt will grade from lilac to white so the panties on the leotard are white as the lowest ruffles of the tutu should match the panties.
Once the leotard is finished the appliques were sewn on with the leotard stretched over a bodyboard.
The net has been feathered or ‘dagged”. This gives a very soft edge and is perfect for birds and fairies. Layer 2 is a very sparky glitter tulle and the following layers alternate between orchid, pink and white.
The net is attached from the top down. The first layer is attached at the high hip. In this picture you can see layer 2 pinned under layer 1 ready to be sewn on with a zigzag stitch.
The plate has 6 appliques arranged around the plate in soft points. I’ve used crystal AB rhinestones for bit of sparkle. The centre hole is an ellipse rather than a circle.
The inside circumference was clipped to allow it to fit neatly around the high hip above the first layer of gathered net. I sew the turned under seam allowance to the net as close to the bodice as possible.
The lycra plate has been trimmed to match the shape of the appliques.