Added Dec 30, 2011
Inspiration came from the professional ballet tutus from The Nutcracker (Snow) meets The Rockettes. I started with a bodice pattern from tutu.com in a 7slim but I had to reconstruct this into probably a size 5 super slim. My daughter selected all of the fabric down to the soft tulle. It was for a talent show performance at a mall for her school. She was singing Let It Snow so I didn’t necessarily want her to have a traditional pancake style tutu (as if she were dancing a ballet piece). The difference in a pancake style tutu and this romantic style is just the fabric. If the netting were stiff…it would not have been full and would have resulted in a ballet look. This is still a ballet look but I added spats (sized down adult pattern to 70%) to cover her character shoes and a mini fascinator headpiece. The bodice contained metal, spiral boning.
The panty started off with another of tutu.com’s patterns but I found that a size 8 childrens which was the smallest, was way too large. I constructed my own pattern by cutting open a pair of her underwear. I now know why costume companies make those cheesy little competition outfits out of leotards and why costume designers don’t make tutus in this size. It was honestly a lot of work fitting the panty, especially with the tutu being hooped. No butt ruffles were needed because the bottom was so tiny.
Having my model there for constant fittings was a necessity.
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