Ever tutu'd for an event? I have, a few times. Why not? It's a fun way to dress up for a race, but for me it's a once-in-awhile kind of gig. If I wore a tutu for every race, the novelty would diminish and wouldn't be as festive.
Recently I saw this adorable tutu picture...and I immediately knew it was something I wanted. I'm doing a 4th of July race, and I'm very patriotic, so why not celebrate Independence Day in a tutu?
SO, since I have a bit of art background, I decided to make one of my own. I headed to the store in search of red, white, and blue tulle. Unable to find blue tulle, I decided to substitute blue ribbon (with white polka dots).....not an exact replica of the tutu in the picture, but that's what I had to work with at 9:30PM with limited resources.
Here's how I did it:
Step-1---I laid out the tulle, and folded it several times before cutting it into strips. Mine came in a 54" length, and asked the gal for two yards of it (each in red and white). She left a little extra on the edge...so my pieces were 54" X 84." I folded the tulle in half width-wise (thus, it was "doubled" in thickness, but now 42" in width).
|All laid out flat, ready for cutting|
Step-2---Next, I folded the tulle length-wise. I folded it half -three different times (reducing the length to 26," then 13," and finally 6-1/2"). Trust me, it's much easier to cut a thick piece of tulle than a thin one. Also, folding it (three times) made the piece not only thicker, but also shorter. Less cutting! I cut these into approximately 2" strips (they do not have to be exact).
|Folded, and cut into strips|
Step-3---Repeat with the white tulle.
Step-5---I safety-pinned the elastic and stretched it slightly around a bar stool. You will want the elastic to fit you snugly, but not tight. If it's too tight, it will ride up and not stay in place as you run.
|Pinned and ready for color!|
Step-6---Take a strip of tulle, and fold it twice (which gave me a 4-layer thickness that was 13"). Wrap it around the elastic and tie it into a slip-knot. Some of the tulle will have folded edges. You can cut those if you wish, but I keep mine as they are...it gives the tutu a little more fullness and "fluff."
|Wrap and tie the strips into slip-knots|
|Alternate with red and white strips of tulle|
Step-8---After I had all the red and white strips in place, I decided to redo some of them....and double-up the strips of each color (two strips of red, two strips of white, etc.). Doing the double strips of red and white made the colors look more vibrant.
|Doesn't it look better with the double-strips of color?|
|There you have it!|
What do you think?
You can use this same method for other tutus, just use what ever colors you prefer. I have a black tutu, and I just substitute different colors depending on the event. The main tutu stays black, but since the strips are slip-knotted (and not sewed on), it's easy to remove or add additional colors as needed.