Romantic Faerie - Tutu.com Design
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This Romantic Faerie Tutu with custom-designed, 16-piece, longline, Petal-Edged Bodice is part of Tutu.com’s rental inventory. It was made using many products available through Tutu.com. All of our custom designs feature various embellishments that are either purchased or custom-made specifically for each particular design. In this case, it is the fabric that we “made” by using heavy lame’ SKU 220-0000-058024, and appliquéing the beautiful motifs from a fancy lace fabric on top of each bodice piece before sewing the pieces together.
It is important to us that each custom design client, as well as our rental clients, get something special, made with the energy and personality of that particular dancer in mind. Keeping that thought at the forefront of our minds, Tutu.com’s creative team works hard to get to know our clients through emails, phone conversations, exchanging pictures of tutus the client likes and does not like, and sending out various fabric samples and ruffled nets and tulles. All of this allows us to get to know our client’s personality, whether they are buying a Tutu.com custom design or renting one from our in-stock inventory. If commissioned well-in advance, we are even able to custom-make a tutu for rental. In this case, rental fees are higher than our normal $150 per week, but the client is getting a tutu made to her measurements at a much lower price than the cost of buying a custom-made tutu.
Keep in mind, this level of personal attention takes time. For a custom-built, new rental, orders must be placed at least three months in advance of when the costume is needed. Regular rental stock can be ordered at any time, but keep in mind that certain busy times of year, they tend to be snapped up early (Sugar Plums at Nutcracker time, for example).
Be sure to allow six to eight weeks minimum when ordering a fully embellished, one-of-a-kind tutu for purchase. We strive to always remember that you, the dancer, are the star of the show, not the tutu. Our job is to be a part of YOUR creative team, working towards making your performance the best in every way possible.
We are very happy to share with you the exact materials we used to create our designs. However, keeping in mind our commitment to give each client, whether purchasing or renting, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, we keep some secrets regarding how we put those materials together, or where we purchased/how we made the special embellishments, etc. that are not sold through Tutu.com.
Our “Romantic Faerie” tutu started with a mix of regular, glimmer and sparkly tulles from our vast collection. Products listed below were used in this design or are recommended substitutes or options.
The Bodice is a gorgeous, vibrant green, heavy lame’ covered with an appliqued fancy lace we no longer have, however we have several other laces that would be great substitutes and would work very well – we get new, beautiful laces in on a regular basis, so check back often to see what is new. They can be viewed in our Specialty Lace, Embroidered Organzas collection.
- The piping was made using Grotto (Turquoise) bengaline, SKU 640-1448-112060.
- Bodice lining fabric used is Coutil, a herringbone-weave, 100% cotton fabric. 60 IN White Coutil SKU 560-0150-114060
- 16-piece, longline, Russian-style Bodice Pattern by Tutu.com is currently available in two child and three adult sizes, and can be seen in our Books and Patterns section. For this costume, we cut it with the optional petaled edges.
- Steel Spiral Boning and Bone Casing were used in the bodice, as was our Invisible Mesh Elastic and poly twine cording. Buttons and Buttonhole Elastic were used to attach the bodice to the tutu. #6 hooks and bars are the fasteners we used for this costume. All can be found in Notions.
- This tutu is made in the tradition of a Romantic tutu, but with a few new twists. Each of the layers are cut into petal shapes and the layers graduate from shortest on top to longest on the bottom. Each layer is roll-hemmed with a contrasting shade of thread. This tutu has ten layers of soft regular, glimmer and sparkle tulles. In order to complete the shading we envisioned, we used Design Master Tint It lightly, on the lower to middle layers.
- The Under-Basque is made from two layers of soft tulle, one on each side of a layer of tutu net. It is quilted heavily for strength, and all the layer stitching lines are also sewn onto it. Doing the basque out of net and tulle ensures that it will blend perfectly with the layers.
- We used five different tulles to create the skirt – Aqua regular sparkle tulle (which is currently not being made, but you could use white and dye it very easily. Call us if you need help with this.), Peacock (Turquoise), and Lime Glimmer Tulle, and Royal and Teal Regular Tulle. You will need a total of around 16 to 20 yards in all, mixed any way that you like.
- There were no embellishments used on this tutu. We felt that the lame’ and fancy laces were enough.
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