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How do you sew a tutu?

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To sew a tutu, gather tulle, elastic measuring between 1 1/2 to 2 inches, thread, needles and pins. Other required materials include a tape measure and a pair of scissors. Take the necessary measurements and cut the tulle into strips of equal length. Prepare the elastic and sew on the tulle. Finally, finish the tutu.

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Measure the waist size and the desired length of the tutu. Cut the tulle into strips between 3 and 6 inches wide. Wider strips give more body to the tutu than narrow strips. The length of the strips should be double the length of the finished tutu. Cut the elastic to the waist size and sew its narrow ends together using a zigzag stitch.

Fold each tulle strip in half over the elastic and pin it in place. Sew the two pieces of each strip together just below the waistband and continue for all the strips. Add more pieces if those already cut are not enough. Adjust the pieces so that they gather evenly around the elastic.

Decorate the tutu by sewing a ribbon around it, adding a bow on the waistband, or placing butterflies and flowers on the tulle. Styles of tutu include skirt, puffy and classical tutus. Skirt tutus are usually longer and ideal for costumes, puffy tutus are shorter and reach around the upper thigh. Pair puffy tutus with leggings or tights. Classical tutus require advanced sewing skills, and patterns include platter style, English style and the bell-shaped style.

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