Flower Festival Romantic Tutu

Romantic tutus are great fun to make; all that soft tulle in huge clouds. Having just sent off a blue Giselle to the Alana Haines Ballet competition in New Zealand I was in the mood for making another. The mum and teacher wanted a burgundy bodice so I suggested this beautiful brocade teamed with old gold venise lace and ribbon flowers.

starting point

burgundy and gold brocade

I used the steamed silk technique to make the fabric for the faux chemise insert. I sewed it onto the insert piece and then prepared the bodice.

insert

insert

The edges of the bodice were piped with bronze satin. I piped the V front so that the insert could be easily attached by stitching in the ditch.

inside of bodice

inside of bodice

I sandwiched a piece of looped braid  between the insert and the bodice for the corset lacing. It’s an easy way to achieve a nice even placement and the unused loops create an interesting finish

lacing loops

lacing loops

The top of the insert is finished with satin piping.

bodice detail 1

bodice close up

It’s a great little technique and I prefer it to sewing the ribbon laces down.

bodice detail 2

faux chemise with laces

For this tutu I used 4 layers of soft tulle. I sewed some light organza ribbon around the base of the skirt on the top layer of tulle.

finished tutu

Finished tutu