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Bubblewrap Tutu

Added Sep 2, 2007

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany




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This is a Halloween costume I made a few years ago. As a computer scientist, there’s always a lot of bubblewrap in my workplace. As an environmental fanatic, I hate seeing packaging materials get thrown away. And as a lifelong ballet dancer, I sure do love any opportunity to wear a tutu. This garment is constructed much as a sewn garment would be, with darts for shaping, seams to connect the various pieces, and gathers for fullness. The fun part is, there’s not a stitch involved so it’s super quick. This whole costume was made in an hour or two. Every seam and gather is held in place from the inside using long strips of clear packing tape. The bodice is attached to the skirt with staples and the matching pink wings are stapled to the back of the bodice. The back closure is adhesive velcro. Tips for others: to reduce bulk at seams, gathers, and darts, just pop the bubbles in that area! Beware, bubble wrap does not breathe AT ALL. Even wearing this at an outdoor party at the end of October, I was doing some serious sweating. I DON’T recommend making anything with too much more coverage than this. A strapless ballgown, maybe. A flight suit? Not a chance!

Material Notes

Bubblewrap in various bubble sizes and various shades of pink and clear, clear packing tape, staples, stick-on velcro.




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    Feb 12, 2010, 04.59 AMby cquinn13

    you are a genius! that’s amazing :)

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    Jan 25, 2010, 09.01 AMby Elisa A

    Haha nice! a long time ago I made myself a halloween princess dress in the same pink and white bubblewrap! Mine was loooong and puffy, kind of like a wedding dress. Maybe I could find some pics, but I think it was in 1998…. long time ago.

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    May 25, 2008, 09.40 AMby olyaboieru

    So funny and nice costume! Not scary at all ;)

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    Nov 19, 2007, 04.10 AMby mellu

    what a great idea :) Love it!

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    Oct 2, 2007, 11.21 AMby graysongirl

    really good- a cute and creative idea, must have been a little hot though (lol) It’s great to see people not just throwing away all this non-biodigradable plastic.

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    Oct 2, 2007, 11.20 AMby graysongirl

    really good- a cute and creative idea, must have been a little hot though (lol) It’s great to see people not just throwing away all this non-biodigradable plastic.

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    Sep 5, 2007, 02.09 PMby marmota-b

    What a funny creation! :D But lovely, too!

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    Sep 4, 2007, 10.19 AMby mirela

    Tuuu tuuu! :) very creative! and hot too! :)

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    Sep 3, 2007, 08.48 AMby elainemay

    :) Thanks, ladies, glad you enjoyed my joke creation! LILO, you have no idea— I wore this to a party and people were walking up to me and popping the bubbles all night!

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    Sep 3, 2007, 03.04 AMby lilo

    (I’m laughin out loud ‘n my roomie at work is looking at me like "she’s gone nuts"). Multifuctional too: you can pop those bubbles if you’re bored at the party. Wonderful :D

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    Sep 2, 2007, 05.02 PMby emilykate

    Awesome!!! I’m sitting here amazed!

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    Sep 2, 2007, 12.20 PMby wyn

    You make me laugh! And the crown is over the top! Great job!

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    Sep 2, 2007, 09.58 AMby jj1

    You’re so creative.Your darts brow my mind. I love your clear wings too.

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