Stretch Tutu Price Guidelines

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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.

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11 thoughts on “Stretch Tutu Price Guidelines

  1. Hello,
    I am absolutely awe struck by the beautiful tutus you make. I am from South Africa and I own a shop that sells dance wear and I do ballet myself. I would however like to make my own tutus. I currently import my training tutus for my shop from China. They have 8 layers of netting and a lycra basque.
    Besides attempting to copy the tututus I import I have never had any formal training in the art of making a traditional/classical tutu.
    I would be so grateful if you could give me some pointers on how to make these masterpieces. I have been professionally trained in sewing, so I do know my way around a sewing machine.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    My sincerest regards,
    Linda

    1. Thanks for the kind comments Linda. There are a lot of good patterns around now and with professional sewing skills it won’t take much of a shift in perspective to go from streetwear to stagewear. I almost exclusively use patterns from Suzanne Dieckmann (Tutus That Dance) and Danielle Legge (Tutus by Dani). There are other patterns around but I find these 2 pattern makers have really captured the essentials of beautiful line in traditional and stretch tutus respectively. I’ll PM you.

      cheers

      B

  2. Hello,
    How long does it take to make a tutu? I’m specifically looking at your Paquita Bell Tutu.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Your tutus are stunning!

  3. thank you for all of the wonderful images … it is so inspiring to look at the beautiful work that you do.

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