Stretch tutus are a great choice for younger dancers who are just starting to enter competitions and are growing quickly. Stretch tutus will generally last for 2 seasons.
My tutus are made from stiff Italian ballet net and stretch fabrics such as lycra or stretch velvet. The bodices are lined to give a firm fit and dancer confidence. The tutu skirt has 7-10 layers of net that are tacked together with nylon tags to give the iconic tutu shape with a gentle slope from the high hip to the edge of the tutu skirt. I like to vary the colours in the skirt, even if the colours are just subtle shades of each other, as I think this gives some life to the skirt.
A basic competition-ready tutu starts at $450 and includes a lined and decorated bodice with a 7-10 layer skirt. Other features and their prices are listed below although there may be variation for some fabrics or embellishment techniques:
Nude insert $25
Simple plate with linear trim and rhinestones $25
Intricate plates with applique trim and rhinestones from $50
Spanish 3-4 tiered ruffle plates from $75
Lace overlay from $50
Scalloped or feathered edges to net $25
Decorated Arm puffs/frills or sleeves from $35
Custom dyed net from $25
Corselet style bodice $50
Faux corset lacing $25
other customised options POA
The tutu illustrated is an eisteddfod-ready costume and features a ruched faux corset insert, corset lacing, an elaborate pieced plate, rhinestones and beading on appliques, arm cuffs and feathered net. It would cost $675. My tutus average around $600.