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Pancake Style Tutu

Added Aug 25, 2011

by Jenny Smith

Derby, United Ki...






The labour of Art for 2 weeks work.

This is the second time I have produced a Tutu; the first was for an A-level project and now this one for a paying costumer. It was a bit nerve racking at the start but I am so happy with the outcome. Yes my sewing machine couldn’t take the 10 layers of double-pleated netting, (Cut down to 9 – close enough) so it’s not classed as traditional, but hey ho, who’s gonna know. With my lack of experience, home-made drafted patterns and a needle eating sewing machine (2 packs of needles gone man!!) I produced something worthy of being presented on the stage!
Now my creativity is following and my inspiration comes from out of the blue. I hope this sweet girl was proud of her tutu and ‘Danced like no-one’s watching!’

(My apologies for the rubbish photos, I dont have a camera!!)


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    Aug 28, 2011, 08.38 AMby mellu

    Very nice!! :)

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    Aug 26, 2011, 02.22 PMby fashionfreek

    Very pretty and sweet. :-) Well done!

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    Aug 26, 2011, 02.11 AMby JOYFULDELIGHT

    It is beautiful :-)

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    Aug 26, 2011, 12.13 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    gorgeous! i really want to make one for someone one day, as i would have no reason to make one for myself! i do some dancing classes, so im hoping that for the end of year show they might need a special one made :-) looks like a great learning experience and yours turned out so well! congradulations on you rhard work!

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      Aug 26, 2011, 12.22 AMby Jenny Smith

      Thankyouuu! What a brilliant excuse to make one :D but you dont need one! Just make one for yourself so you can dance around your home in it ;) It definately was but with alot of blood, sweat and tears must I say! Thankyouu once again!! :D

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    Aug 25, 2011, 10.01 PMby reliablechef

    Wow, This is crazy as my daughter just asked me to make one for her! I have to know how you get it to stay straight out! Can you post the pattern or instructions on how you made it please!

    It looks amazing and like it was store bought.

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      Aug 25, 2011, 11.06 PMby Jenny Smith

      I would love to post patterns and instructions to help, but I seriously can’t because i dont have any. I drafted some ruff patterns off another tutu then made the instructions up in my head as I went along. I’m so sorry, but there is a couple of websites that might help if you search the internet. However I am here to help if you need any form of instruction. The key to helping is stay out straight is double-pleating different lengths of petticoat netting/stiff net in about 5 metre strips, there is a youtube video for that. Then you have to stream and starch the net, and then qulit the tutu, in which there is another youtube video for that too. I hope this helps :)

      And thankyouuu it means alot :)

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    Aug 25, 2011, 09.14 PMby mixtlii

    The tutu looks fabulous! And I have always wondered how could they possible keep in shape like that… So thanks for the picture, I think I understand now!

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      Aug 25, 2011, 10.57 PMby Jenny Smith

      Thankyouu! :D Its more than double-pleats to make sure it keeps its shape, it involves stream, starch and sewn tacks, its alot of work. Your welcome, people always wonder what a tutu looks like underneath :)

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    Aug 25, 2011, 07.53 PMby stefanika

    Wow! Amazing the Tutu.

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