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Bodice 3 Course Kit - Advanced Design Techniques



“From Concept Through Completion,” this Advanced Ballet Bodice Class is for those who want to hone their bodice-making skills and, at the same time, learn more about the process of designing and creating.  In this Advanced-Level Ballet Bodice Class, each student will first, roughly sketch out their basic bodice design idea, using an upper-body croqui (body sketch) provided in class, then, starting with one of our bodice patterns, will begin to make their design a reality using costume-shop pattern alteration techniques as well as some basic draping.  Student’s choices will include three basic shapes, one of which they will choose to work from: Long-line, Russian-style; European-style with diagonal-style-lines and a point in the front; or a basic princess-seamed-style. Students will then re-design the basic pattern they have been given, and will do any altering or grading needed to customize the pattern to the specific measurements they bring to class.  They will then re-draw the pattern they have created.

Once the students have finished re-designing and altering the pattern, they will then cut out their designs using muslin, baste it together and “fit” it on a dress form (or a dancer if you bring one with you). Adjustments will then be made to the pattern and it will be re-drawn into the final version of the student’s design. Finally, when happy with the pattern, students will put their pattern on cardboard for ease in cutting. The bodice will then be cut out and constructed. We will be using fabric layering techniques, both regular and elastic-piped edges, and seam piping. Students are encouraged to bring bits of laces and small pieces of fabrics that they would like to incorporate into their bodice design. Prerequisite – Bodice Two or work in a professional or college costume shop – you must have mastered the many techniques taught in the Bodice One and Bodice Two classes before embarking on this journey.

Class Length: 3 days. See Your City’s Seminar Online Calendar to Plan Your Schedule: Course Project Kits are available for those attending TutuSchool. Cost for these kits INCLUDES the class, the teacher, and all fabrics and notions. To learn more, please visit TUTUSCHOOLS

Course Kit Payment Options:

We offer two payment choices:  1. Online Payment Only: Pay in full when you register and receive a 10% discount on your classes, OR 2. Choose to pay a 50% course/kit deposit and our billing department will arrange auto-pay for the balance on 6/1 for NC-July . If you decide to pay your balance sooner, please call during office hours and we'd be happy to process final payment. Please note, if you add options with additional cost to the base kit price those fees will be added to your cart and paid with your first payment/deposit. Payments are non-refundable, however a TutuSchools credit, less 10%, will be granted for use within one year at any of our seminar locations when requested more than 30 days in advance of your seminar. If you must drop out within 30 days of the class date, no credit will be issued. Spread payments over 6 mos. interest-free with PayPal credit. Learn More

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Tutu.Com offers free, domestic ground shipping to the 48 contiguous United States, up to $20, on orders costing $99.99 and up. This free option covers about 85% of orders. For very heavy orders that cost $99.99 or more, the first $20 of your shipping will be free. We will invoice you for any shipping amount over $20. Once shipping is paid, your order will go out. Our minimum domestic shipping charge for orders under $99.99 is $14.95 for Ground, and $37 for 1 to 3 day Express/Expedited, depending on where you are in the US. Free shipping option is not available for Express/Expedited shipping. Base International shipping charges are Canada: $42.00 USD. All other countries: $70.00 USD. If your base-rate/minimum shipping charge does not cover the cost to ship your order, we will bill additional shipping charges when your order is ready to ship.

We have several base rates for classical tutus that must be shipped in over-sized boxes. Actual costs can run between $40-$70 in the continental U.S., more in some places. We will always research what is the least expensive way to safely ship your items. We will also insure costumes for their full value. This will add to the cost, but not too much. All custom costumes are shipped with signature required when delivered. This is for your protection.

If you require a shipping cost estimate prior to placing your order, please email us at and we will be happy to estimate your shipping charges.


Unless otherwise requested, orders shipped within the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and most US Territories and Military addresses, are sent via UPS Ground shipping (2-6 day) with tracking. You will receive an email with your package's tracking number so that you may track it. UPS provides insurance for the first $100 of an order. If your order cost is higher, we will automatically insure it for the total. There is an extra charge when we do this, but it is minimal.


We strive to ship in-stock items within two Business Days after we receive your order. (This does not include custom-made items, like tutus and other costumes, which require a lead time and are shipped when completed. Also, orders which include fabric-cuts or custom-dying may require an additional time, but we will always let you know how long it will take.) All orders are shipped FOB Charlotte, NC USA.


For destinations outside the United States, delivery times are dependent on your destination country and on your local postal and customs services. Customs delays are not the responsibility of Tutu.Com. Our shipping rates do not include any customs charges that may be imposed by your country's customs regulations. Size Charts | PDF 

It contains size charts for all products; ballet tutus, bodices, dresses and patterns combined in one PDF file (14 pages).

Individual Size Charts | PDF Pattern Listing | PDF 

Panty & bodice pattern size charts with detailed information and measurements.

Custom Measurement Worksheets

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